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Zo o'clock and all's well (Wed Sep 1)

Tonight was a satisfying finish to the week’s little mad rush, and the first full house of this round. The fellow who rebuilt my piano, and made it the great instrument it is, was here tonight. It was the first time he’d heard it since I bought it. I hope he saw how well-loved it is!

  • Schumann – Bunte Blätter 6
  • Bach – Sinfonia 5
  • Cantrell – Cradle Waltz
  • Cantrell – Entropic Waltz
  • Carei Thomas – Fragrance XIV: Cjalme
  • Brahms – Intermezzo Op 116 No 4
  • Chopin – Nocturne Op 55 No 1
  • Todd Harper – Thoughts at 4 AM
  • Cantrell – In a Perfectly Wounded Sky
  • Brahms – Intermezzo Op 117 No 1
  • Chopin – Ballade No 3

Best ballade yet since college, thanks to a critique from Don on Monday which boiled down to “don’t let the rhythmic sense of the dance destroy the syntax.” Esoteric performer talk there, but I think the audience felt they difference — they responded strongly to the piece tonight. (Hmm. A realization: although it’s a little disconcerting at times, I like facing the audience and being so close to them; it lets me gauge their reactions to a degree I never can on stage.)