Saturday, February 23, 2013

USA Open Piano Competition

On Wednesday, 2/13/13,  I competed in the USA Open Piano Competition. It was very fun. I got to select from a variety of pieces and each had their own little recital. Then, the judges would have to decide who the winner would be from people who played the same piece. The judges would go somewhere and talk about everybody's playing. They would choose who would be in 4th, 3rd, 2nd, or 1st place. Each recital is code named with a section, and for some reason, a precious rock. I played in the recitals, Treasury of Romantic-Sapphire, Treasury of Baroque-Ruby, and Open Solo-Junior Pearl.

I like the Treasury of Romantic best. The songs have dynamics that change often making the music cheerful or sad. I played A Little Neapolitan Song by Tchaikovsky. It is a cheerful song with a mellow tune at the beginning and a fast and exciting tune near the end. The ending notes are grand and loud. This is one of my most favorite pieces by Tchaikovsky. 

Everyone was nervous. Some tried to calm down by playing games and a few were looking around bored and glum. As the judges walked in the door, everybody went silent. As the judges announced the winners, I was shaking in fear, scared that I would not get a place. Then they announced my number, my name, then what place I came in. I got 3rd place! I stood up with a big smile on my face. I bowed. I was very proud of myself, but I will work harder, to get a better place next time.

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