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Emily Grossman

Nutcracker Part II

November 9, 2007 at 12:06 AM

This year, I agreed to play second violin instead of first violin. Yesterday, the music arrived by mail, so I sat down to have a run through and make marks in the margins of the areas that would need some drilling. What did I find? Soaring melodies? Leaps to the nth position? High speed chases on dangerously exposed technical routes? Oh no.

Just when the plot thickens for part I, part II settles back to watch the show with offbeat pizzicato and a bowl of popcorn.

And the greatest part is, we both get paid the same.

From Laurie Niles
Posted on November 9, 2007 at 2:39 AM
Isn't that last page all the nastier, though, leaping down an octave? I love playing the Nutcracker ballet, either part.
From Antonello Lofù
Posted on November 9, 2007 at 4:42 PM
Schiaccianoci, makes me think about my childhood when I asked my father to play the recording called the "Chiaccinoci" at that time I had flaws of pronunciation
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 9, 2007 at 6:31 PM
Okay, you lost me, Antonio.
From Antonello Lofù
Posted on November 9, 2007 at 10:49 PM
Wow this is a comment as sharp as a razor blade to mine.

Unfortunately I have no experience with this music.

By the way I hace already said in previous threads that if the passages in orchestra are too fast we can use thermodynamics so what is important is the initial state (first note) and the final one (what we have in the middle is unknown is a continuo shifting without any meaning is a dead zone )

From Antonello Lofù
Posted on November 9, 2007 at 11:01 PM
The Dead Zone, what a great movie by Cronenberg...
From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 9, 2007 at 11:35 PM

OH, I get it! I had to look it up in the Italian dictionary first.

I didn't see the movie, but the Dead Zone was a fascinating book. I was afraid to sit on toilet seats for about six months after I finished it.

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