April 28, 2012 at 5:33 PMAfter several late night rehearsals this week, I have come to the conclusion that the 50 min long Dies Irae (from the Verdi Requiem) is equivilent to a work out at the gym. This is especially true in the last 25-ish minutes where we literally have no rests. I am a second violin, so we mostly play on the G and D strings, and having your arm at that angle for that long can be quite painful. All those people who said violin wasn't a sport were SO wrong!
This suggests to me that Verdi (a) did not understand the violin and (b) did not know how to balance orchestral voices between the first and second violins. Oops.
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