August 5, 2009 at 2:40 AM
Lovely. I had begun to type a beautiful blog about my last lesson with Mrs. Preucil , but had to delay it as I haven't figured out exactly how to articulate my thoughts on that yet.
In the mean time, I'm practicing...
Oh the beauties and frustrations of Mozart. I really do love his 4th violin concerto. Many of the difficulties in getting into the spirit of this piece fell away when I realized that Mozart was my age when he wrote it. Suddenly, I knew the eyes through which I must look at that piece and then, I realized that I have those very eyes without the need for any imagination. Really, I was thrilled. Well, tonight isn't going so hot. I made wonderful strides in getting it to sound just the way I want, a violinist's dream come true, but they seemed to be non-existent tonight. Grr... Plodding along, I attempted to iron out my difficulties once more, only to have new ones surface. Frustration mounted as I continued my work. Finally, in frustration and disgust, I set my instrument in my case and walked away. My dad was sitting in the room listening, watching me, and when I explained, suggested, first, that I play something else, and when that was shot down, suggested that I "take 5." Oh, if only it were that simple!
So, here I am, taking more than five minutes to vent my current frustrations before heading back to the world of practicing Mozart. I guess it worked a bit, I don't feel like smashing things anymore... ??? I'll get back to you on how this works out.
I swear there's nothing like practicing Mozart to get you riled up, haha. I'm working on Marriage of Figaro excerpts for auditions right now and boy are they a pain. ;) Good luck!
I'm working on Mozart v.c. no.3 and I know exactly how you feel:
Though that may still be a rough patch in my performance, I am close to breaking into the cadenza. LOTS OF SLOW PRACTICE!!!!!
Good luck! Let us know how it goes!
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