Special Deliveries

Two fun things came in the mail today.

First, my father’s photo album arrived, and it looks great. I think he’s going to like it.

Second, I got some new sheet music.


I’ve been trying to learn “Des Abends,” which is one of the pieces in Schumann’s Fantasiest├╝cke. The sheet music that I had been using was jumbled. This Henle urtext edition is so much easier to read, plus it contains another eleven pieces that might also be fun to play.

The Czerny book is a collection of exercises that will, I hope, get my fingers into better shape. These pieces are not exactly melodic, but at least they present an interesting challenge, unlike the Hanon (yawn) and scales (yawn) that I usually play to warm up.

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