1. a piece of music for the practice of a point of technique
2. a composition built on a technical motive but played for it's artistic value
my favourite thing we did in Grade 5 was learning to use the dictionary
the teacher supplied a list of words and we had to find them, and write down the page, column, and place within the column
I still have a hard cover dictionary and every so often I will pick it up, open to a random page and begin reading
tonight I started working on a special project for a good friend and as I was gluing this scrap of music down I wondered what "etude" really meant - I knew it had something to do with musical composition but that was about as far as it went
(I lost my way in music class when the teacher started introducing upside down notes, in much the same way things went in math when letters were added to the mix...)
the dictionary definition of etude resonated with me, as loud and clear as the notes one contains
sometimes I make things solely to learn a technique; a study piece if you will - not meant to be anything but the learning of a process
other times, the desired end-state overrides and/or overwhelms any techniques required to get there
it's a good word - suits me just fine either way
my "Remains of the Day" journal cover lies under definition #1
simply trying to learn a process, following the bouncing ball, hitting the notes as they were written for my first try
the next one will be me branching out, finding my own way to play, changing the tempo, and playing with the arrangement
the cover is set aside for now and I am gathering papers for the pages
I have very little ephemera or other paper, except some scrap-booking paper and the odd tidbit I have saved over the past few weeks
not sure how they will all combine - definitely not a symphony in the making but perhaps a cute little ditty?
tomorrow I'll start sewing them all together, and hopefully get some inspiration for finishing the cover... I'm not really happy with it yet but like all good books, maybe it needs it's pages to become whole
maybe words are what the cover needs too...
time for a little of definition #2?