I've just misread the title of the topic "Your Milestone Piece" as "Your Millstone Piece", which set me thinking (as well as suggesting a visit to the optician). How many of us have important pieces which we can never seem to get to grips with in depth, either technically or artistically, or have a well-known piece at our fingertips which we have to play whether we like it or not?
In the second category it wouldn't surprise me if Heifetz might have sometimes felt this when he was asked to play Hora Staccato for the umpteenth time. I also heard on the radio that among the reasons Nigel Kennedy gave for his temporary retirement from the concert platform some years ago was that he hadn't been looking forward to the prospect of performing the Mendelssohn 20 times in the next six months - and finding something new to say each time.
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