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Ben Clapton

June 1, 2004 at 7:49 AM

Had a good lesson yesterday. I'm preparing for my technical exam on the 14th so we basically ran through all my technical work. I'm not really the biggest fan of technical work, but as Heifetz said "It's something you have to do, so you might as well do it and get it over with."

I got that quote from my newest CD, Heifetz with the Chicago Symphony with Fritz Reiner conducting the Brahms and Tchaikovsky violin concertos. It's actually a rather funny story on how I came up buying that cd.
I got a cd of the Beethoven Violin concerto out from my uni library along with the score, but when I put it in my cd player it wouldn't play because the library had to put a laminate covering to make sure that the metalic strips would stay on so the cd's couldn't be stolen. Unfortunately that surface was stuffed up and wasn't smooth so i couldn't play it in my player. I decided that I'd go and purchase my own copy of the CD. Because it was a Naxos recording, that meant a trip to Wesley Classics (Only store in perth that is 98% classical recordings (plus a bit of world music), and has the largest range of naxos cd's in perth). And of course you can't go to wesley classics and not have a look at the classical music cd's. I was looking in the second hand cd's section when I found a Living Stereo recording of Heifetz doing the Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Seeing as I've never actually heard the great man perform, I thought I should purchase myself a copy. So I went into the store wanting to purchase a $10 cd of Beethoven, and I walked out with a $12 cd of Brahms/Tchaik...

I did an hours practice last night, along with my lesson in the afternoon. 2 hours on scales. I had wanted to do more, had planned on doing more, but hadn't planned on my oldest friend (known her for more than 12 years) coming over.
I got up early this morning and managed to get an hours worth of practice in before i had to head off to uni. Every day I have a 9am class (except thursday which is an 8am class), and because I catch public transport it means leaving my house at 7:40. Therefore I think you'll understand how difficult it was to get up this morning at 5:30, have a shower, breakfast, make sure my bag is packed and everything like that and get an hours worth of violin practice in. I think you'll be even more amazed when I tell you that at 5:30 the temperature in Perth was a smidgen over 6 degrees. That might be a normal maximum for many european countries, but here in perth we're not used to that.
I also got an hours practice done at uni on my Telemann fantasia 1. Even though I'm not being assessed on it for this exam, I've got a competition the weekend after the exam so I have to make sure I know the piece. It's going well and I'm noticing the improvements that I'm making.
Then I had a rehearsal with another violinist at the Acadamy. We're preparing to do an assesment for Chamber Music and we had our first run through today after our lecturer decided that our first ensemble (clarinet quintet) wouldn't work. We're now doing a trio which is sounding very nice.

WEll as for the rest of today, I'm going to do another hour's worth of practice, do some work on my Haydn Violin Concerto (preparing that for another competition in August), then this evening I have a rehearsal for a Pantomime that I'm taking part in. Very easy work but still important.

Ciao

Ben

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