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  1. New Developments

    Things are looking great for next semester at my university; I might actually be learning something in music theory, and on top of orchestra, new music ensemble, my string quartet and my own violistic shenanigans, it looks like I'll be officially joining the early music ensemble here and picking up viola da gamba! It's going to be busy, particularly at the ends of semesters, but right now I'm just really happy that I can participate in all of these amazing groups.

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  2. Undeservedly obscure composers, 1: Alkan

    It's somewhat bewildering to me that today was the first time I really listened to Alkan's music apart from the cello sonata. I suppose he was just one of the composers that just never really caught on with me until recently.

    I've listened to a few etudes of his within the last half hour or so, and they turned out to be some of the most satisfying piano pieces I've ever heard. No. 7 ("Fire in the neighboring village") is probably my favorite so far, combining a very peaceful
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  3. Baroque Impressions

    So it turns out I'm a fairly intuitive and competent violist in the baroque style. Earlier today I had my first rehearsal (encounter period, really) with the director of the early music ensemble for a concert I got involved in as a replacement for the regular violist. Despite having basically never played in this style, and despite having metal strings and a modern bow, I picked it up quite well and felt quite proud of my imitation by the end of the hour. I had decided to be a bit creative with
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  4. My First TC Blog Post! And a shameless plug for my other blog...

    Seeing as I've already got a blog for my generic thoughts about random and non-specific things (which, if you tumbl, or stumbl, trip...whatever the related verb is called (or even if you don't), you can view/follow it here (hey, I made a text link!)), I suppose I'll just use this for music-related (and TC-related, when these come up) shenanigans. That's probably what it's for anyway, but it's good to have a back-up reason.

    So in the aftermath of Beatrice et Benedict (whose performances
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