May 14, 2004 at 4:25 AMBy request, I subject you to this bit of ridiculousness. It’s pretty funny actually, something from the Suzuki world: the "words" to the first movement of the Vivaldi A Minor concerto. Who wrote these? I do not know, but I got them from Jim and Jackie Maurer of Aurora, Colorado. They are likely an amalgamation of many ideas. So here they are:
This is Vivaldi’s A minor, A minor, A minor
And what I’m playing now is called the tutti
There are a lot of re-
And what is difficult
Now starts my solo violin, violin, violin part
Then here comes a diff’rent, here comes a diff’rent,
Now this part is easy, but I’m still scared because in a moment comes a crazy mixed up kind of mess.
The orchestra plays this, orchestra plays this, orchestra plays this but I strum along to keep my place.
Oh dear, Oh me, Oh golly gee I should have practiced carefully,
This is what is called a se-
Phew. After this next part back comes the “tutti”
This next tune sounds familiar, and there is a reason
No, this part starts upo-n a-n “E”
So down bows and up bows, down bows and up bows,
Yes I think that I’m going now to make it.
All these notes, notes, notes repeated can make you
Now I wonder if I dare look at the audience,
This line’s marked “Largamente” it sounds real weird
Here comes that same old tune once again, and again, and again,
All this changing strings and stuff
I’m on the last lap now, I’m on the last lap now,
Editor's note (12/10/2011): I just received an e-mail from the person who wrote these words! Michael J. Clarke says, "It was composed for a party held in S.I.U.E. Edwardville for the graduate students of John Kendall in 1982. I performed it accompanied by Linda Perry. Subsequently, a copy of the text got circulated through the program. It was composed during the part preparations after a recital I had just given. It is public domain and everyone is welcome to use it! I introduced Suzuki to Iceland, but now work as a singer and voice teacher. Good luck!" Thank you to Mr. Clarke!
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