Recital preparation blues

On Sunday, May 2nd, at 3:00 PM, I’m playing a recital at my church (Euclid Avenue Congregational Church in Cleveland) to officially celebrate my 20th anniversary as music director for the church. (I actually went there in November 1983, but that’s a small detail–what’s a few months?) The church is going out of its way to make this a big deal. There will be a reception following the recital.

It’s my usual weird program: Franck’s Pièce Héroïque, two fugues from Bach’s “Art of Fugue” (including the last, incomplete fugue on 3 subjects), the conclusion of Philip Glass’s “Satyagraha”, Frank Ferko’s Carillons de la destinée et de l’éternité, Billy Strayhorn’s “Lotus Blossom” and the complete L’Orgue Mystique office for Corpus Christi by Tournemire.

So during this last week of practice I have my normal case of neurosis about not being ready to perform. Things are starting to fall into shape, but I’d be more comfortable if I had another two weeks of preparation. But one can only do the best possible at any given point. I’ll just be glad when it’s over, and I can relax and get my life back.