Feel the Burn!
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!
From Aubrey KeimigI agree! There are times when I'd just kill to be able to play on the E string during those long, G/D, no rest pieces!
Posted on April 29, 2012 at 12:01 AM
From Karen AllendoerferYeah, Requiems seem to be like that. I played a Schumann requiem a few years ago, and there were, literally pages of 8th notes, fast ones, without a rest. It looked like an 8th-note forest! You can only practice that so often too, without being concerned about straining the fingers on your left hand.
Posted on April 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM
From Paul Deck"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."
Posted on April 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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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