After being asked if I was aware that I often extemporize in parallel motion, I misunderstood the question and played the first piece above. Then, having understood that the comment was not a request but rather a critique, I took the chance to play the second piece utilizing more contrary motion.
Parallel / Contrary Motion is one of many examples of Phase A piano playing exhibited in Playing Schumann Again for the First Time. These occasions of music-making were performed on the spot in front of a small audience, after having been asked to play music according to a certain character or other type of demand. I include numerous such examples in this project in order to convey to the reader-listener the importance of practicing extemporizing music in front of an audience.