Do you have a milestone piece? You know, a violin (or insert your instrument here) piece that you heard when you were young and just wanted to play when you were older?
One video I used to watch when I was young, was a blurred VHS tape of Itzhak Perlman playing Bach’s D Minor Partita, recorded by Dad off TV one night. I was so in awe of his playing, his concentration, technical ability. The Chaconne is such a long demanding work and I was always amazed at his ability to play through it so well. The Chaconne became my “pinnacle” piece – the piece of music that I wanted to work towards, that I would play one day when I was bigger and better. No other piece mattered.
Of course, as I grew up, I started to learn movements from the D minor Partita. And then suddenly, one day it was the day that I was to start learning the Chaconne. I was scared. I was excited! Would I be able to play it as well as Itzhak? How would I remember it all? Would I do it justice? Was I worthy to be able to play this piece?
And so I subjected friends and family to the Chaconne for a good part of a year in my youth. And then I chose to play it at an AMEB concert. 5 minute limit to pieces? Bahhhh.. why not a 16 minute Bach piece? hahahahaa. Thinking back, I wonder if how many people in the audience went to sleep during my performance, or were wondering, “Why on earth is he playing such a long piece?”
But now that I played (but maybe not “conquered”) the piece of my dreams at the time, what now? Would I lose motivation for my instrument? I remember searching to find the next milestone piece – the one I wanted to play in a few years time, and found it eventually.
Do other people think this way? Do you have a milestone piece? Did you have a milestone piece?
PS. I have since found the video here on YouTube (in 2 parts):