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From Sander Marcus
From Sander MarcusJust to get us off to a good (or at least adequate) start, here's what's been submitted already (so far, these are all originals):
Posted on October 13, 2005 at 02:07 PM
From me (Sandy Marcus):
The Emperor liked to go ridin',
From Emil ChudnovskyThough I've often heard various folks say
Posted on October 14, 2005 at 07:25 AM
That to keep limericks clean is ok,
I am always surprised
By what gets bowdlerized.
Like "the rosy HEN (!) greets the new day."
In this matter, Tom Lehrer's my moulder
From Eric StanfieldThere once was a man from Nantucket
Posted on October 14, 2005 at 01:46 PM
..err, wait a second.
From Jesse IronsThere once was a pupil who practiced
Posted on October 14, 2005 at 10:02 PM
But his teacher declared, "all he lacks is...
Some je ne sais quoi"
But the pupil said "naw"
And today he's recording for Naxos!
From Jim HoyleThere once was a man from Nantucket,
Posted on October 14, 2005 at 05:46 PM
Played fiddle, but lacked skills to pluck it;
Said his wife, "Pizzicato
In such fits and starts!" So
She said where she wished he had stuck it.
From Sander MarcusPlaying Paganini in your grotto
Posted on October 14, 2005 at 08:18 PM
Can cause your fingers to clotto.
I do believe
You need to achieve
A kind of legato spicatto.
A fiddler who liked to play thirds
Was followed by loud squawking birds.
Not only did they
Mess up his day,
They filled his violin case with....seeds.
At every rehearsal ('bout noon),
A violinist would spit while he'd tune.
When his fiddle got full,
He was ready (no bull) --
Cause he stole the conductor's spittoon.
From Danielle GauthierToday was my lesson,
Posted on October 14, 2005 at 10:36 PM
Oh shoot, I forgot!
and now i am bored
little siblings or not.
my concert did suck
From Sander MarcusEven when they pay me top dollar,
Posted on October 15, 2005 at 04:31 PM
I always complain and holler
When they seat me first fiddle
To play all that twiddle.
Life's just too short to play Mahler.
A violin expert's my role.
I know everything pole to pole.
But I can't figure out
Who was the lout
Who snuck in and rolled up the scroll.
The music of de Sarasate
Can be used to impress any hottie.
You don't have to ask,
Just play Caprice Basque,
Light some candles, and serve a Hot Toddy.
For all our fiddler computin's,
Fingers can't defy laws like Newton's.
It's clear that Bazzini
Was a real meanie
For writing La Ronde des Lutins.
From Linda LA boy who was known as Don,
Posted on October 15, 2005 at 02:13 PM
Wanted to sound like Hilary Hahn,
But when he picked up a fiddle,
It broke right in the middle,
And then his great ambition was gone.
From Jim W. MillerI go on the web to meander,
Posted on October 15, 2005 at 06:00 PM
and sometimes come here for a gander.
But it's hard not to squawk
John Hiatt whips Bach.
I'm more useless here than ol' Sander.
I ragged on the limerick shrink
From Sander MarcusDear Jim, your response is Jim-dandy.
Posted on October 16, 2005 at 10:19 AM
From now on I'll keep it handy.
Even though it's my ego you're nursin',
Just think of me as an ordinary person.
Cordially, your admiring friend, Sandy.
What you notice at Heaven's gates
From Sander MarcusMy brain is in limerick mode,
Posted on October 16, 2005 at 01:46 PM
Whether at work or my abode.
I can't stop the rhyme
No matter the time,
And my wife tells me to hit the road.
Arguing on this website leaves a scar,
Disagreements have at times gone too far.
You're artists; don't duel.
Use the Golden Rule.
You're entitled to be who you are.
By all accounts, Corelli
Was actually a very nice felly.
But considering the Baroque
Bathrooms were a joke,
He probably was very smelly.
From janet griffithsThere was once a player of the violin
Posted on October 16, 2005 at 03:13 PM
who was really very, very thin
His name was Niccolo Pagannini
and rumour has it that he was a bit of a meanie
But when he took the violin in his hands
He titilated the senses in every way
From Julie C.YOU GUYS ARE SO TALENTED AT POETRY! I'm jealous! hahah
Posted on October 16, 2005 at 07:05 PM
From Sander MarcusHi, Julie: It's just like the violin -- practice, practice, practice. And the first thing to practice is the rhythm. If you'll look carefully at the best limericks (not necessarily mine), notice PRIMARILY the rhythm. Practice dreaming up words that fit the rhythm, no matter what the words are. This is where having musical training is an incredible plus. Once you've got the rhythm, just play with the words. Write the first and last lines before anything else. Always put the funniest idea, the punchline, the key word, last. Then it's a matter of trial and error. Work at it, and I think you'll find it will also help your violin playing, because it gets you used to listening to EVERYTHING in rhythms.
Posted on October 16, 2005 at 07:07 PM
It ain't Shakespearean sonnets; you can do it with a little practice, and I'm so happy to see people trying their hand at it in this discussion thread.
For the past few weeks, I've been in "limerick mode," and while it probably won't last (because I'll get sick of it), I'm starting to drive my family crazy. I just had a family brunch today with my wife, sister and her husband, niece and nephew, and my 90-year-old mother. My mother LOVES Wheel of Fortune. So my mind started spinning (just like the wheel), and out came:
From Jenna PottsThe violin is sure hard to play
Posted on October 17, 2005 at 02:39 AM
So practice and practice all day
If you're not a quitter
You're sure to get better
Or, at least, that's what they all say!
The Beethoven concerto's a beauty
From Milstein DeusEst"There once was a pupil who practiced
Posted on October 17, 2005 at 02:54 AM
But his teacher declared, "all he lacks is...
Some je ne sais quoi"
But the pupil said "naw"
And today he's recording for Naxos!"
From Sander MarcusThere was once a fellow from Tunis
Posted on October 17, 2005 at 05:32 PM
Who was always practicing Dounis.
At concerts they'd razz him
'Cause his fingers would spasm
(And that's how the fiddle can ruin us).
When the Godfather meets with his mob,
He explains why he likes Danse Macabre:
"That violin song
Makes me want to do wrong,
So it's easy to steal and rob."
From Jenna PottsI advise then that he not listen to Danse Macabre...
Posted on October 17, 2005 at 05:54 PM
From Sander MarcusJenna, your advice was heeded by The Don.
Posted on October 17, 2005 at 06:04 PM
All evil in him is gone.
He now spends his day
Volunteering without pay,
And listening to Hillary Hahn.
From Jim W. MillerDa boss said to Lucky Luciana
Posted on October 17, 2005 at 06:32 PM
call Bugsy in Gary Indiana
I'm gonna do a hit
in just a little bit
I heard dat violin song againa
From Eric StanfieldFair fingers the string did pluck
Posted on October 17, 2005 at 07:10 PM
Clear notes did her instrument utter
Time and again
To herself she would mutter
These limericks surely do suck
From Sander MarcusDefenders of the limerick are few,
Posted on October 17, 2005 at 07:32 PM
Cause its faults are easy to view.
Even though it spreads mirth,
It's only worth
Two-thirds of a pun - P.U.
From Linda LA word of the wise:
Posted on October 18, 2005 at 11:12 AM
He started by holding the bow,
Knowing his pupil wasn't too bright,
Arriving at Carnegie Hall,
Casually walking up to the stage,
The critics from hell were there,
Bush wanted to sink into a burrow,
Now everyone, go make sure your violin is really a violin and not a violia.
From Sander MarcusRe: Bush's viola and the critical attacks,
Posted on October 18, 2005 at 12:50 PM
Many music critics are quacks.
Pianists Truman and Nixon
Could party and mix in,
And Clinton played the sax.
And in the war between violins and violas,
From fiona dBut up the A string the viola goes
Posted on October 19, 2005 at 08:22 AM
To our E-string range (if they are pros)
While violinists can’t sing
Without a C-string
In the depths of Bashmet and Primrose.
From Sander MarcusYes, Fiona, I see your point,
Posted on October 19, 2005 at 10:37 AM
Great violists we surely annoint.
You may have me up a tree,
But if you're asking me
To switch my allegiance, I woin't.
From fiona dNow Sander, please don’t get me wrong
Posted on October 19, 2005 at 11:44 AM
A violinist I’ve been all along
But I’m increasingly attached
To a sixteen-inch bratsche
That I bought for just more than a song.
From Sander MarcusFiona, I admire your spunk.
Posted on October 19, 2005 at 06:04 PM
That the viola stinks is of course bunk
It's really a mystery
Why it has a bad history.
To investigate, let's get Adrian Monk.
From Sander Marcus[[[NOTE: At the very beginning of Beethoven 5th,
Posted on October 20, 2005 at 03:15 PM
After the famous 1st 4 notes, and its echo,
The next lines fit perfectly in limerick rhythm.
Check this out:]]]
Beethoven’s Fifth, those first four notes, da da da fate.
From Sander MarcusIn keeping with taste and decorum,
Posted on October 21, 2005 at 03:58 PM
On a professional violin forum,
I hope these pages
Will enlighten all ages
Instead of simply to bore'em.
From Jim W. Millerlimericks man are sho nuff fine
Posted on October 21, 2005 at 09:10 PM
but somethings preying on my mind
I see some hope
just gimme some rope
don't think me a dope
for pushing the envelope
it's extra wind up for the punch line
From Sander MarcusNow, Jim, you may think this limerick blog
Posted on October 22, 2005 at 11:31 AM
Will cause you to sleep like a log,
But you can learn everything
From musical phrasing
To how to change bows at the frog.
And although I like the style of what I see
So let's keep up this little chat
From Jim W. MillerI change my frog I change yours too
Posted on October 22, 2005 at 01:00 PM
then I take you back to schoo'
and show you phrasin'
that be hair raisn'
give up you crazy foo'
From Sander MarcusMy goodness, you do sound __issed
Posted on October 22, 2005 at 03:11 PM
(unless there's something I've missed).
-Don't look now, Sandy;
Have a drink or eat some candy.
I think we've just been dissed.
From Jenna PottsGuys, a true limerick has three accents on lines 1, 2, and 5. There are two on lines 3 and 4, and each beat is subdivided by three...
Posted on October 22, 2005 at 04:42 PM
From Jim W. MillerThe shrink is calling himself a we
Posted on October 22, 2005 at 09:45 PM
which is awesome irony
while he scribbles
he channels Sybil's
It's a sign he's exasperated
From Andrea VernaI feel that this thread has become
Posted on October 23, 2005 at 12:04 AM
merely a forum for some
to argue and fight
o'er who's wrong and who's right
about nothing. You must say that's dumb.
However, the rhyming is clever
From Sander MarcusDear Jenna, whether it's in 2, 3, or 4,
Posted on October 23, 2005 at 01:10 PM
It's limerick's brevity I adore,
And in this column
Take an art usually solemn,
And keep it from being a bore.
I started this thread on a whim,
To keep all of our thinking in trim,
But with Andrea's reminder,
I hope she knows I'm behind her,
And I'm also a fan of my man (Jim).
As a violin student, Sibyl was trouble.
Because I sometimes say "we" when I cuss,
From Sander MarcusA composer became quite antsy
Posted on October 24, 2005 at 10:36 AM
When he met a lass very prancy.
They went out on a date,
And he brought her home late,
So she was known as Bruch's Scottish Fancy.
There once was a violinist named Jascha
From Jim HoyleThere was a violinist called Heifetz,
Posted on October 24, 2005 at 10:41 AM
Who said, "I've a weal where my wife hits
My neck - what a lasher!
(Or my name's not Jascha) -
I just say it's the way my white tie fits."
From Sander MarcusSome violinists fixate on gut,
Posted on October 24, 2005 at 06:24 PM
Others their steel strings strut,
Some have a peg focus
Or a fingerboard locus,
But I know a bow nut nut.
From Jim W. Millerput a halt on every plan
Posted on October 24, 2005 at 07:25 PM
all of them, whether small or grand
It's imminent starvation
for the next generation
Bush picked the new Alan Greenspan
-Chorus copyright 2005, Jim W. Miller, The Smithsonian Collection.
From Patty RutinsJim,
Posted on October 24, 2005 at 08:43 PM
Oh, I got plenty o' nothin',
From John LanceleyOh. My. God.
Posted on October 25, 2005 at 02:42 PM
From John LanceleyI have never witnessed a thread so zany
Posted on October 25, 2005 at 02:55 PM
Its just a shame everyone else is too lazy
To ryhme with such craft,
But yet it is quite daft
And I think youve all gone a bit Crazy
From Sander MarcusA violinist is usually a go-getter
Posted on October 25, 2005 at 04:51 PM
(But they don't practice sanity to the letter).
The ones who aren't busted
Look normal and well-adjusted
Until you get to know them better.
From Jim W. MillerI remember a quote from before
Posted on October 25, 2005 at 04:58 PM
by an eminent psychologist of yore
the meaning of normal
is simply formal
As good shrinking, it opens a door
From Sander MarcusThis is the moment I dread --
Posted on October 25, 2005 at 05:22 PM
Defining psychological normalcy instead
Of having fun with rhyme,
Which we do all the time.
It was Ogden Nash who once said....
"Some claim that pianists are human,
From Jim W. MillerOgden I think was a silly old hack
Posted on October 25, 2005 at 06:35 PM
Robert Frost, only on crack
I can't explain
but he too had a monkey on his back
From Patty RutinsWith apologies to this thread's greatest poets and violinists! I've really enjoyed all the creativity here, so with love to you both...
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 03:06 PM
From Sander MarcusWell, Patty, I'm a psychologist by profession,
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 05:27 PM
But an amateur violinist, I'm confessin'.
OF COURSE I can hold a bow,
But which way I don't know.
And I'll deal with Jim in another session.
From Emil ChudnovskyI wasn't sure where to post these quoted lines, but as this seems the closest to a poetry thread we have up and running....
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 06:19 PM
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
I knew the language of the floweret;
Why is it no one ever sent me yet
What a romantic the lady was!
From Jim W. MillerPatty I don't play violin truth be told
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 06:33 PM
Just a guy reliving his youth who's old
the piper don't worry me
I know his whole family
They're rednecks on my payroll
From Sander MarcusTo put the art of Dorothy Parker
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 06:39 PM
On a limerick thread is a marker
Of poems, while not mod,
That are the art of a god,
Like a Heifetz, Primrose, or Starker.
(And, by the way, I am a Chicagoan who is old enough to have seen Starker many, many times when he was first cellist with the Chicago Symphony under Reiner)
From Emil ChudnovskyTo dissect Dotty Parker in prose
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 06:39 PM
Is Quixotic, and much too verbose.
But to try the same trick
With a hasty limerick
Will poetic impotence expose.
And even her stalwart defender
From Jim W. MillerOur hero may find the rhapsodical he eschews
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 07:08 PM
for I woke up dis mornin with dem lovesick blues
As I said before
lock the damn door
before there's a strange pair of shoes
From Sander MarcusAch, they told me I'd know it
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 07:17 PM
When exposed as not much of a poet.
I tried to be cool,
But Emil I can't fool.
(My folks always said that I'd blow it.)
From Emil ChudnovskyYour self-deprecating, oh Sandy
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 07:22 PM
Is misguided. Though I'm rather handy
With scansion and rhyme
I hadn't the time
To make my lines, as yours are, dandy.
In short, it's myself I critique
er...I should add "in any case", but I have to go teach and so haven't the time to rework the second limerick to inlude that, somehow. Um. Take over on the Bram threads, Sandy, ok?
From Jim W. MillerSandy had a small paranoia attack
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 07:34 PM
Emil wasn't calling him slack
our lovesick elf
was referring to himself
no need to be taken aback
From Emil ChudnovskyELF???? When there are perfectly usable rhymes for "himself" like...er...ok. I'll go get the cap with the bobble on it and find a small wooden toy to, in Pratchett's words "hit repeatedly and unconvincingly, yet rhythmically, with a hammer."
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 07:40 PM
And I'm not lovesick thankyouverymuch. I'm feeling rather hale and hearty from it, actually. Then again...she did switch the LSD and the sugar bowls...
From Sander MarcusNo need for a poetry sentry
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 07:47 PM
To cut down an inelegant bent tree.
Of course there's no time
To make perfect rhyme,
And in truth I love every entry.
(for years I've been trying to think of a limerick with elf, self, shelf, and Guelph, but little has come forth...at least anything clean)
Each limerick presents an occasion
From Weien WangMy goodness, this thread is a dream
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 07:55 PM
Come true, with a limerick theme
It all feels like home
With its Rhyme-chromosome
In a violinistic regime!
PS. Mind if I plug to a orchestral poem of mine?
From Jim W. MillerHe easily dodged my poorly thrown hatchet
Posted on October 26, 2005 at 09:16 PM
It's go-getter against a disciple of Pratchett
any lame scoundrel
can pound on an anvil
But you - a hot chick with good acid
From Emily GrossmanThis limerick marathon
Posted on October 27, 2005 at 02:12 AM
Is blathering on and on
I hate all the stanzas
They're worse than cadenzas
They go on and on and on.
(I've wanted to say this for a long time.)
From Jim W. Millernotes give access to transcendent notion
Posted on October 27, 2005 at 07:55 AM
honey, the toaster oven is broken
cantata for coffee
who wrote this song? That Veiftoken?
From Jim Hoyle--- By Emil -------------
Posted on October 27, 2005 at 07:57 AM
wasn't sure where to post these quoted lines, but as this seems the closest to a poetry thread we have up and running....
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met.
I knew the language of the floweret;
Why is it no one ever sent me yet
What a romantic the lady was!
Well, this is a limerick thread! Allow me to rewrite it in the correct format:
A rose - how romantic! But, ah!,
From Jim W. MillerHe thought he could bribe me with flowers, the lout
Posted on October 27, 2005 at 08:22 AM
he takes me for some kind of loser, no doubt
one perfect rose
makes me perfectly doze
It's new car - then I put out.
From Sander MarcusAlthough there is wit in my arsenal,
Posted on October 27, 2005 at 12:52 PM
Spiritually, I shouldn't take things too parsonal.
In spite of this lapse,
For me it's not "taps."
I'll continue with violin farce 'n all.
We Chicagoans have a proud face,
Cause the White Sox came through in First Place.
To honor that they've won,
I've decided (just for fun)
To switch from Violin to First Bass.
You guys are writing furiously,
But don't take it all too suriously,
When 100 responses have arrived,
This thread will get archived,
So don't bruise your egos injuriously.
From Amber BaileyThere once was a violinist
Posted on October 27, 2005 at 05:56 PM
Who never quit finished...anything she did!
But as she began to musically mature
she knew she'd get that darn Concerto for sure!
My poem stinks! lol
From Emily GrossmanI like your transcendent limerick, Jim, by the way.
Posted on October 27, 2005 at 09:16 PM
From John LanceleyContaining such amazing intellectual innards,
Posted on October 27, 2005 at 11:05 PM
and finger strength to withstand blizzards,
To read such hard staves,
and play fingered octaves,
I salute you my fellow wizards
The was a young fellow called John
From Sander MarcusHey, all: I like ALL the entries. This thread is a great place to practice this "art" and see it in black and white. AND, I do believe that when the limerick rhythm and language flexibility gets into your blood, it helps increase the sensitivity to the rhythm in music. Sorry to be serious.
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 01:14 AM
And, Amber, actually you were off to a pretty good start. Write the last line first, with the payoff word at the very end. For example, if you're rhyming with words 'violinist' and 'finished,' what rhymes with those? What occurred to me is 'diminished,' which has multiple meanings. So, how about this for a last line,
"The whole concerto was diminished."
"Not only the chords,
Then think of a first line.
"There once was a young violinist."
Now play with it:
There once was a young violinist,
Not a work of art, certainly, but certainly passable and certainly fun to write.
Believe me, if I learned to do it, YOU can do it. It just takes practice, an ear for rhythm, a willingness to play with words, a serviceable rhyming dictionary, and a constant search for double meanings. Simple, huh?
From Emily GrossmanRhyming dictionary? Cheater.
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 04:46 AM
From Sander MarcusAbsolutely! Cheating is an honorable and noble tradition (under these circumstances, anyway).
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 02:13 PM
Are you familiar with the famous Henny Youngman joke about ethics in business?
And you know, I'm sure, the famous line by Brahms, when someone reminded him that the main theme of the last movement of the 1st Symphony bore a striking resemblance to Beethoven's "Ode To Joy" theme. Brahms responded something like, "Anyone can see that."
And, by the way, the reason I think that why an otherwise goofy pastime like writing limericks helps in music is because when you begin looking for the potential rhythm in words (which we all use all the time), it simply increases your attention to rhythm more of the time in everyday life, not just when you are making music, so listening for rhythm becomes more second nature.
From Bill _Hey Sander,
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 01:44 PM
In addition to rythm, I also find that a tune runs through my head when I read a limerick
From Sander MarcusBill, me too. There is an overlap, and I believe one helps the other. As I said previously (somewhere in this thread), the tune I hear is the opening of Beethoven's 5th, just after the first two "ta-ta-ta-taaaa"s.
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 02:11 PM
From Judy Terwilligerta-ta-ta-taaaaaaa
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 02:30 PM
Comparing limericks to Beethovens 5th
Just seems somewhat sick(th)
and must be making him roll over in his grave-aaa
From Sander MarcusOh, God, I hope not. Yes, it is kind of ludicrous to connect Beethoven's 5th with a limerick, but the rhythm really is there.
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 02:35 PM
From Jim W. MillerHenny's deservedly a hero
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 08:28 PM
he was the judeo-comedic Nero
if you were in a pinch
Shecky Green was the mensch
but here a non-limerick earns you zero
From Patty RutinsA poem for non-lovesick Emil
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 08:35 PM
for him I've discovered a spiel.
Ol' Geoffrey said it best
when he took a little rest
And in the process, turned woe to weal.
SINCE I from Love escaped am so fat,
He may answer, and saye this and that;
Love hath my name struck out of his slat,
For those of a vocal persuasion
"Merciless Beauty", the cycle is called
From Sander MarcusFrom limericks to poetry this thread is morphing,
Posted on October 28, 2005 at 09:48 PM
With such sweetness as to cause endorphing.
If you add the forces
Of non-limerick discourses,
Is Carmina Burana in the Orffing?
Though attacking icons is a thing we don't fear,
Some of these limericks are o'er riddled with fleas,
Poor Chausson fell off his bike,
No matter how much you might long
From Sander MarcusA limerick sparks laughter convulsive,
Posted on October 29, 2005 at 12:50 PM
But some critics seem to find it repulsive.
They demand such a strict norm,
In substance and form,
That they sound obsessive compulsive.
You don't have to be in Mensa
Today's violinists rock'em sock'em,
Oh, my God, I forgot--
The critic crouches in the theater chair,
From Emil ChudnovskyMy favorite description of a critic is by Vonnegut (I think):
Posted on October 29, 2005 at 05:06 PM
"A critic is like a eunuch in a harem. He's there every night, he sees it done every night, he knows how it SHOULD be done every night, but he can't do it himself."
From P-Zan LeongOne shouldn't read limericks two whole hours
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 04:35 AM
All these verses just overpowers
Your brain in time
To read every sentence in rhyme
With every non-rhyme it devours
From Emily GrossmanIf shudders count, yes--they're convulsive
Posted on October 29, 2005 at 07:48 PM
Limericks to me are repulsive
Only deviants from the norm
Would turn to such form
(I admit, I'm obsessive compulsive)
From Sander MarcusAmbrose Bierce defined a critic as "a blackguard who sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the [ancients'] custom of plucking out the cynic's eyes to improve his vision.
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 12:06 AM
O, disdain the poison pen.
Ode to Response Number 100:
As we near the inevitable coda,
From Jim W. MillerI had more, my best by far
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 12:54 AM
would have turned me into a superstar
but I didn't have it in me
to offend Mrs. Emily
So I just threw away the whole jar
From P-Zan LeongApproaching coda, we shall end maestoso
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 06:54 AM
This bene barocco arioso
Now let's crescendo
And play it con brio
After some glissando imperioso
From Sander MarcusThe following is not a limerick dear,
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 01:32 PM
Nor is it original, I fear.
About violins it's not,
The author's name I don't got,
But somehow, spiritually, it belongs here:
"The hunter crouches in his blind,
From Jim W. MillerSander's ducking but I know he's near
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 03:00 PM
he's gone bloodthirsty on us now I fear
with his camouflage gowning
and belgian browning
Hey limerick meat's all we need here.
From P-Zan LeongI always wonder when to vibrato
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 03:01 PM
Sparringly and only at crescendo?
Or throughout the whole piece
Every note that is
Played slurred, elegante and legato?
From Sander MarcusPerhaps I've not always followed the rules,
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 03:37 PM
But be assured, there are no duels --
No secret meanings,
No intended beanings,
Just fun with word-play jewels.
Ah, yes, the vibrato issue.
I have a lot of qualms
Liking concertos over opera is what I please.
From Jim W. MillerWho needs Brahms when there's Schumann
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 03:44 PM
Brahms is Schumann with the flu, man
nothing is hotter
than a Schumann sonata
from a violin chick, Hawaiian tan
From P-Zan LeongAh! Vibrato all the way it is
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 04:10 PM
I thank ye, Sander, for clearing this
Though to my dismay
It's not so good, I must say
No doubt I need a lot more practice
Veracini's baroque pieces I do fancy
Well, I listen to Schumann occasionally
From Sander MarcusP-Zan, I too love Veracini and Rimsky
Posted on October 30, 2005 at 07:24 PM
And Schumann (although you'll never see him ski).
I'm not sad if I've missed
Wagner or Liszt
(But it's not really nice to be chinsky).
The composer Prokofiev (Serge),
From Jim W. MillerOf all the books you've stolen or bought
Posted on October 31, 2005 at 04:25 AM
there's only one you need to have sought
It's availiable from
Smart Violin Method, by Sandy Herrault
If your student's playing is reeking
From Emily GrossmanEmily Grossman's lament
Posted on October 31, 2005 at 05:13 AM
was poetry, limerick-bent
From Emily GrossmanThe end had come near
Posted on October 31, 2005 at 05:20 AM
She said, "Lookey here!"
From Emily GrossmanAnd gleefully filled the last comment.
Posted on October 31, 2005 at 05:18 AM
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