It started with a "would you like to play the Serioso on Friday night after the concert?". "Sure!" I replied. A few days later was a request to play with another group for coaching, music TBD. I like playing with these folks, so I agreed, and discovered later that we were going to work on Britten and the Grosse Fugue. A week or so later, I found myself agreeing to play the Brahms Sextets - 1st viola part, and not shortly afterwards a Brahms Quintet. Oh, and somewhere along the way, agreed to play Beethoven's Op. 132 at another after-concert jam.
Um, ok. So now I have about an inch thick stack of music to learn in the next 2 months, none of it easy. And to make it more interesting, no lessons until AFTER Interlochen. I may have bitten a bit more off than I can chew, but look forward to it all. I have the luxury of exploring this music with friends without any performance pressure looming over my head. The only pressure is having it ready enough to play well with others. Granted, that's asking alot given what I signed up for.
As my previous teacher said, "You're crazy, but we already know that! Bartok the next year."
Now that's an idea! Maybe I'll start a little sooner.
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