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    I recently hit a wall with Bach's Chaconne and Matthew Dunne's Appalachian Summer, because I cannot yet play these pieces as well as I'd like to I have put them to the side for the time being. Lately I've been working on the Sarabande from Bach's BWV 996, and Joaquin Rodrigo's Tiento Antiguo.

    Joaquin Rodrigo - Tiento Antiguo, played by Jeremy Jouve, I'm always impressed by his technical mastery, one of the best players of our time imo.



    J.S. Bach - Sarabande from BWV 996, gorgeous interpretation by Sharon Isbin

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zegTfzrqgs

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    Just look at that concentration while he is playing the fugue, he goes into another "zone". Awesome video!
    That fugue...is it even possible to play it like that? And 16 years old...
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    Milan, Fantasia XXI (lovely !)
    Turina, Sonata op61 movements II & III (great !)
    Sor, Largo op7 (interesting !)
    Bach, Tempo di borea & Double BWV1002 (it's Bach, period.)

    All these pieces execpt the Bach which I had already fingered from the violin score (but I could consider this as a transcription work rather than time spent actually learning the piece) since the 10th October for a masterclass the 26th October with (along with another teacher, Jean-Jacques Fimbel) the teacher at Paris National Conservatory, Roland Dyens !
    I hate it and love it at the same time. I have most of the program down, except the Milan - I'm just starting it... but it's the easier piece, and fits under the fingers well.
    Sigh. But I don't think I will be the only one to have done that, since the 10th October was the day of the entrance examinations lists of works for 2014 were made public.
    Is that what it is to be a professional musician ? I think I'll have to upgrade my work ethics and quality of practcing/concentration !
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    I play the violin. I started in my 30's and now I'm in my 40's. I am currently working on Vivaldi's Four Seasons, summer. And the Prelude to the E major Partita, by Bach. I love the string crossings on both pieces.

    I am also playing with our local amateur orchestra, so I have that music to practice too.

    My long term musical goals include playing the Mendelssohn violin concert; the Bach Chaccone; and the Bruch violin sonata(muddling through for myself, I'd never consider performing it for others). I think these are attainable in the future, with some help. I should probably return to my former teacher for some lessons.

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    Bach Cello Suite No. 3- Bourree

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    I just started working on Bach Cantata 147 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

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    Double stops. I am working through Josephine Trott book of double stops exercises. I am trying to play the E maj Partita Bach. Plenty of double stops in the Rondeau and Gavotte. I can't seem to play double stops with any delicacy, I can only manage to play them loudly, I crash through double stops. So I need lots of slow practice.

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    Oh senza sordino, I so so sympathise! If you find out a tip or technique that helps, please let me know!
    ~ Mollie ~
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    It has today been fixed that on 22nd February, I will, all being well be accompanying a violinist in a local village hall. This is exciting for me, as I've not worked with a professional violinist before, only singers and so on, as well as playing solo.
    On the bill of fare:
    Beethoven: "Spring" Sonata/Sonata in G Op.30 No.3
    Dvorak: Romance in F Minor, Op.11
    Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
    Kreisler: Liebesfreud/Liebeslied/Schon Rosmarin
    There will be other things, but these are to be discussed. I'm very excited about it, I can tell you!!
    Only just noticed this is a post for string players! Sorry about intruding, but I'm blowed if I'm taking it down having typed it all out!
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    In one week we will be performing The Nutcracker in the pit while dancers prance around above. It's a lot of fun, great music. Tricky, with lots of chromatics in Waltz of the Flowers. We're also performing some orchestra music without dancers including Pachelbel's Canon. It seems simple at first, just some quarter notes nice and slowly but then eighth notes, sixteen notes and suddenly thirty second notes, a flurry of 8 notes to each beat, in the only interesting part to this awful music. Sub divide and conquer. Plus some Christmas pieces, including Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson

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    For now scales, lots and lots of scales. Reading through this thread has made my rather short list of "I want to play" music grow to be a rather long list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    Double stops. I am working through Josephine Trott book of double stops exercises. I am trying to play the E maj Partita Bach. Plenty of double stops in the Rondeau and Gavotte. I can't seem to play double stops with any delicacy, I can only manage to play them loudly, I crash through double stops. So I need lots of slow practice.
    Here's a trick - there's absolutely no difference in arm weight when you play single notes and when you play double stops. You find the angle and play as if the two notes are just one string.

    I'm tackling Mozart #4 right now for All-State and probably Bruch #1 after, or the Barber concerto. Mozart isn't difficult to get the notes right, but intonation is really quite hard and it's difficult to get the sixteenth notes with shifts to be absolutely seamless (which is necessary for the characters).

    Another option for later is Wieniawski #2, but as a composition I wouldn't say it's as great as Bruch or Barber. It's great for technique though!

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    I'm still working on double stops, but I put them aside for a couple of weeks while I was doing something else. I came back to playing double stops yesterday, nice and slowly and quietly. I'm getting better, but a long way to go before I play with some grace and skill.

    I am working on the Bach E major solo Partita. The Prelude is fabulous, love those string crossings. I've spent quite a bit of time working on the Gavotte and Rondeau. The Gigue is almost easy. But tuning is always a problem, and I have found that as the keys change with each piece, it's not equal temperment. But this is beyond my real ability to distinguish.

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    I'm working on Tilman Hoppstock's guitar transcription of the Fantasia BWV919:



    which he couples with the Fugue from BWV 906:



    The Fugue is a fragment, which Igor Kipnis finished by making it a da capo fugue--Hoppstock's version follows it. Both arts are brutally hard to play in places.

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    I'm working through the pieces for my Grade 3 exam - not a high grade but scary enough when you've never taken a music exam in your life. La Rotta from the 'Early' section - Carolan's Air from the mid-section - and Putting on the Ritz from the modern section. Every time I feel I've got my head round my teacher's instructions, he comes up with another refinement. Here's hoping my nerves don't kibosh everything.
    ~ Mollie ~
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