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Bart Meijer

Hilary Hahn playing Twinkle!

August 24, 2008 at 2:58 PM

In a recent discussion, the idea came up of Hilary Hahn playing Twinkle. Here she is!

She plays some wonderful Bach first.
From Laurie Niles
Posted on August 24, 2008 at 4:22 PM
This was from a number of months ago, but she also talks about it in her blog, if you look up the one from Feb. 25, 2008.
From Bart Meijer
Posted on August 24, 2008 at 4:51 PM
For me it was a huge coincidence: first writing about HH and Twinkle in a discussion thread, and then actually finding footage of her playing it. And it's true: I cannot match her playing in Twinkle for beauty and perfection. I'll take up Twinkle in my daily practice routine :)
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on August 24, 2008 at 8:43 PM
It's fun to see what she does with that to make it interesting.
From Pauline Lerner
Posted on August 24, 2008 at 8:51 PM
She plays Twinkle so beautifully and with so much emotion. It fits perfectly with her discussion of how hard it can be to show emotions during slow playing, a point she also emphasized by playing a slow movement from Bach. I'm going to watch the video again and study carefully what she is doing. On viewing for the first time, I saw her doing some interesting shifting and playing double stops and then continuing the tune on either the high or the low note. Her use of vibrato is worth studying, too. She is just fantastic.

I urge everyone to watch the second segment of this video. Hilary plays bluegrass music while the TV host "plays" with a hula hoop.

From Jim Tsai
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 1:02 AM
i like hahn a lot, but the mood lighting and the romanticizing of TTLS were way over-the-top.
From Rosalind Porter
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 1:14 AM
Cool video, thanks for posting. I don't know if anyone else agrees but I got the impression the interviewer was totally smitten by her!
From Jim W. Miller
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 1:13 AM
Just enjoy seeing how they do lighting on Danish TV. As for her Twinkle being too romantic - that's a classic!
From Molly Beich
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 2:01 AM
That was the absolutely beautiful!!! I haven't listened to HH much at all, now I'm going to have to. I loved that.
From Molly Beich
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 2:01 AM
That was the absolutely beautiful!!! I haven't listened to HH much at all, now I'm going to have to. I loved that.
From Ray Randall
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 3:34 AM
Very nice. I noticed her vibrato amplitude in TTLS was almost non-existant. Just goes to show maybe we sometimes overdo it.
The mood lighting was interesting giving the piece an etherial setting
which, IMHO, accentuates the difference between a beginning Suzuki student and what she is now. Reach for the stars.
From Charles Bott
Posted on August 26, 2008 at 12:15 AM
Twinkle, Twinkle must be catching. My wife was a teacher at the 92nd St Y in NYCity. It was customary that monthly there was father's day--dad came in and told what he did and shared with the kids. Well one time, it was Itzhak Perlman's turn at "dads" day. Of course he came with that great Strad and explained what he did. When the requests came in--well, you guessed it, it was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". My wife tells me that all the kids sat around and he played it as only he could. Wish I would have been there.
From Graham Clark
Posted on August 26, 2008 at 2:26 PM
I have just realised that the first four bars of "What a wonderful world" are really the first four bars of TTLS (with a pick up).


gc

From Jim W. Miller
Posted on August 26, 2008 at 4:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnRqYMTpXHc

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