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    I'm currently on a violin/viola listening binge... :P

    Bach Partita in E Major Gavotte en Rondeau...luv it!!! I've lost track of how many times I've listened to it since Monday...

    ...anyone familiar with it? Is it difficult to play?...
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    ...er, should we move this to the solomusic thread????...
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    I think this is a fine place for it. I like Zapateado, Symphony Espagnole, Havanaise, Danse Espagnole, Hora Staccato, Tzigane, Moto Perpetuo, and Zigeunerweisen. What about you?
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    There&#39;s a lot since I really love the sound of strings&#33;

    Vivaldi&#39;s Four Seasons
    and just about anything by Vivaldi, not just music for string solo
    Just about anything by Bach, be it Partita, Concerto or what not
    Mozart&#39;s Concerto No. 3 in G
    Sibelius&#39; Violin Concerto
    Bruch&#39;s Scottish Fantasy

    I can listen to violin music all day&#33;
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    I&#39;m just crazy about Vivaldi&#39;s four seasons now...been listening to the dog barking that Daniel told me.

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    ...just curious...it seems every pro. does a recording of The Four Seasons...seems like a bit of a rite of passage...

    ...but, er, hmmmm...

    ...how many different recordings of The Four Seasons does the world need?...

    ....(BTW...it&#39;s one of my favourites too...)
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    Well, I only have Gil Shaham&#39;s recording of the Four Seasons, not to mention excerpts on many other CD&#39;s. A lot of violinists do the Seasons, but it&#39;s probably because it&#39; becomes a favorite of so many people, performers too&#33;
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    ...I went through all my CDs this past week and was surprised at how often it popped up (maybe only one of the Seasons...but still)...LOL...

    ...I also have no-name copy of the entire work ...I think...runs to double check...
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    What does BTW mean? I&#39;m kind of lost.. :unsure:
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    Originally posted by DW@Jul 29 2004, 08:36 PM
    I&#39;m just crazy about Vivaldi&#39;s four seasons now...been listening to the dog barking that Daniel told me.
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    What dog barking? Please share&#33;&#33;&#33;
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    ...BTW = by the way...

    ...just a little cyber short-hand...
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    bach, bach, and more bach

    his cello suites are wonderful, the violin sonatas and partitas are heavenly.

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    I like some Bach...probably most Bach...but not all Bach...
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    ...I posted this in the violin forum...but I&#39;ll repeat it here too...just cuz I had a good evening and want to...so there...

    Well...I&#39;m in the Philharmonic (LOL...no audition necessary...so it wasn&#39;t hard&#33 as a 2nd violinist...

    The set-up: Llocated in the Concert Band Building...it&#39;s a nice space (if somewhat shabby), padded chairs, stands all in place...and it&#39;s even tiered. There&#39;s a large side room to leave your cases...and a kitchen...so coffee at break for &#036;0.25&#33; Fees are &#036;125 (for rent and to pay the conductor a pittance and for whatever else).

    There some 50 members in total...but only about 20 showed up since it&#39;s early and some are still away for the summer. The woodwind section is quite good...if it weren&#39;t for those guys...I wouldn&#39;t have had a clue as to what we were supposed to be sounding like. The bassoonist is a little hard of hearing...so he&#39;d keep playing when the rest of us gave up cuz we were all lost... My friend the cellist came too...just for fun...she played all this stuff back when she was 14...I think she was kinda bored...but she did say it was better than anticipated...I don&#39;t know if she&#39;ll hang around for long...but she wants to see if it gets better with everyone there (there has to be better string players than the few of us who showed up last night).

    The bad news: The music was, for the most part, too hard for me to sight-read to speed the first go around. :huh:

    The good news: I was able to play much more than the very sweet lady beside me...who&#39;s been practicing all summer. B)

    The music isn&#39;t that hard...but LOTS of flats in this rep. for some reason. We will be practicing:

    The Pink Panther - Mancini
    Die Mestersinger zu Nurnberg - Wagner
    Suite: English Folk Songs - Vaughn Williams (my first sad attempt at 4 flats&#33
    Gavotte and Musette - Bach (I was able to play most of this one without a problem)
    William Tell Selection - from Rossini
    Cuban Dance - Cervantes
    Radetzy-Marsch - Strauss (very easy, except it&#39;s all double stops...so good practice for me...I&#39;m still very inconsistant).
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    I just discovered a new song that is great fun to play. It is called "Navarra," by Pablo de Sarasate.
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