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World Violist

Random thoughts about music in particular. And not much else.

  1. Viola da gamba, day 1

    So today was my first day of playing a viol. It's a treble, and it's fairly difficult to play, though not really in ways I would expect.

    First, the fact that I'm using a completely different set of muscles from those used to play viola doesn't seem to bother me. It's the same basic set of principles: you make the bow sound using the natural weight of your arm, the bow grip actually feels quite nice and relaxed, and the strings react in more or less the same way as does the modern
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  2. Um, yeah, so...I'm back.

    And now I'm listening to a whole lot of Bruckner. It used to be Bruckner and Ravel, but now...uh...now it's just Bruckner, basically. Smattering of Sibelius, less one of Mahler, a pinch of Bach thrown in, you know, but it's exceedingly odd to say that Bruckner is the main composer I listen to right now.

    It's weird for me to say this, being a mostly non-religious person (let alone a devout Catholic church organist), but Bruckner's music does have that strange feel of a confessional
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  3. Just so people know

    I might not be on very often for a while. I just need to withdraw a little from everything and figure myself out. School was a bit more exhausting on a personal level than I had thought it to be, and now it's caught up to me and I just need some time to sort out my thoughts.

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  4. Sorry, no Sorabji today.

    I said I would post about Sorabji soon, but I don't have anything yet to post about Sorabji. He still gives me headaches on occasion, so I figure I'll wait a while and pursue some other random TC blogging adventures. Like summer.

    So I figure this summer is going to be vastly different from my previous ones in several ways. There are no music camps, for one thing, which were the dominating factor in my summers until now. I just got tired of them. They're great things, and I love them
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  5. Today's Alkan Experience

    So I've been listening to more Alkan today, as my friend known in the forums as Orange Soda King loves Alkan and has heard a lot of his music. We talked about Alkan and Sorabji a lot over supper (I'll post about Sorabji later) and later listened to the solo concerto (Hamelin's second recording), among a few other pieces.

    I suppose the primary reason for my posting of this is to try to realize my astonishment at the solo piano concerto, which I can't really do well. The structure is
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