Ma. Solinda Garcia Plays SCHUMANN GRAND SONATA IN F MINOR, 4th Mvt, August 13, 1983 at the Philam Life Auditorium, Manila

SCHUMANN GRAND SONATA IN F MINOR, No. 3, Op. 14, the 4th Movement – Prestissimo Possibile Performed by Ma. Solinda Casillan Garcia At the Philam Life Auditorium, Manila August 13, 1983 CHASING A DEADLINE: My Musings over this heck-of-a-difficult-piece: Schumann’s…

Ma. Solinda Garcia Plays SCHUMANN GRAND SONATA IN F MINOR, 4th Mvt, August 13, 1983 at the Philam Life Auditorium, Manila

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SCHUMANN GRAND SONATA IN F MINOR, No. 3, Op. 14, the 4th Movement – Prestissimo Possibile

Performed by Ma. Solinda Casillan Garcia
At the Philam Life Auditorium, Manila
August 13, 1983

CHASING A DEADLINE: My Musings over this heck-of-a-difficult-piece: Schumann’s GRAND SONATA IN F MINOR 4th Mvt

That’s how I would nickname the last 7 mins of this work I performed when I was 21. My little fingers (4th and 5th) of both hands worked the hardest. I couldn’t understand this rarely performed sonata then, but now, after ‘experiencing life’, I think I do!

[Listen through speakers if you can!]

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“a surprise. something new.
running faster than the speed of light.
relentlessly. nonstop.
an exchange of words, thoughts, ideas.
congruent. then confusing. opposing.

a feeling of hope.
then frustration, fear, worry.
relief. ecstasy.
then tension again.

another challenge.
new developments. new issues.
resolution.

you think it’s coming to an end.
you get to rest. but no, not for long.
not quite done yet.
another whirlwind.
no time to breathe.
always changing. never-ending.

finally the light at the end of the tunnel.
breathtaking beauty. majestic feeling.
the final stretch, the climax, the end-goal.
then a magnificent celebration of all its splendour.”

— from Solinda Garcia-Bautista of today, Nov 2019

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This work of art is 67 pages in its entirety and was taught to me by Ms Rosario Picazo (half sister of Pres. Manuel Roxas and teacher of Cecile Licad), who never told me that it was rarely performed, rarely recorded.

I am mesmerized when I listen to it now: it conjures so many thoughts and emotions in someone like me. 30+ years had to pass by so I could feel it, and it could very well be the perfect background music of a video of many experiences in my life. Maybe even yours, perhaps?

Robert Schumann was “full of enigma” (I heard that somewhere before) and I can only imagine how much of a genius he was. If only Ms. Picazo were still around, I would tell her this was a most wonderful “GIFT” she ever gave me!

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