I went to orchestra rehearsal Wednesday night for the first time in over two months. That was way too long. I was in withdrawal. It was so good to see many of my friends again. We worked on Caucasian Sketches. The second violin part was "dull as dishwater," as one of the second violinists said. I'm going to like playing Mozart's 40th. The second violins actually get to play some melody! A welcome change.
I can't believe it! I missed Hilary Hahn's one and only live performance in town (Washington DC) today! I found out about it too late to attend. She played Bach's Partita #2, one of the "ultimate" pieces for solo violin. How long must I wait to hear her again? Life must be really difficult for people who live in a city where they can't hear live performances by such stars.
By coincidence, I just got the latest monthly offer from BMG in the mail, and they're selling this year's classical CD grammy winners. Hilary Hahn's CD of the Bach concerti is there, along with her other CDs. I guess I'll just have to go ahead and spend the money on CDs.
Speaking of spending money, I went to a used bookstore on Saturday and bought a large fraction of their books by or about musicians and composers, including books with their letters. I love reading these letters. I get a feeling of immediacy, almost as if I know the letter writer personally. Now I can read some of the correspondence between Wolfgang and Costanze and between Pyotr Ilyich and Mme von Meck. I'm so glad that there are always new things to learn about music.
Recently I asked a friend, "Why do people write blogs? Why do they think that other people would be interested in their day to day lives?" I started reading some violinist blogs and I was hooked. I love to read about daily happenings and thoughts in violinist's lives. I hope that other people will like to read my blog. :-)
There are so many aspects of my love of music: playing by myself or with otjers, just for fun or for performance; listening to music, which I do almost every waking minute; listening to recordings; attending performances, when I can afford them; reading about music, musicians, and composers; teaching violin; and I'll probably think of more later.
More entries: March 2004