pianolady wrote:andrew wrote:I'm not sure you really have to keep playing and maintaining pieces that would be considered "core repertoire". I've played a lot of piano music in my life (maybe not as much as you or Chris, but practically all the Beethoven sonatas, for example): while I wouldn't consider much of what I've learnt to be either polished or ready, if hypothetically somebody said to me "you can play at venue x next week" immodest though it may seem, I would feel confident with certain pieces within my repertoire, even though I've not practiced them for months, in some cases years. That's basically because I've spent so much time studying and thinking about them that I have very clearly defined views on interpretation and any technical issues have already been previously surmounted, so re-conquering them is a much simpler matter of reminding my fingers what to do.
I guess I'll just never be that way. I can pull out old material, but I have to practice it HARD again to get into performing condition.
Does it perhaps depend on how much work you had to do first time round? I get the impression you're quite meticulous with your preparation (which is a good thing) - I'm usually a bit haphazard. I have some Alkan which I would like to revise, as it's the composer's bicentenary. I put in an enormous amount of work on it first time (even then it wasn't all that great ) : in no way could I have it ready in a week, nevermind a month. On the other hand, the pieces I've been comfortable with and have played in public maybe a dozen times I'd be absolutely fine with. It's like they are now natural: it's difficult to explain.