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Joshua Iyer

Some Updates

December 16, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I just wanted to do a quick update since it's been awhile since I've been on, so bear with me. First of all, Christmas looms ever closer! I've been playing all sorts of Christmasy tunes on my violin, and just this past afternoon today I had a piano recital where I played Linus and Lucy, Vivaldi's "Winter" arranged for piano (by me), and "A Christmas Carol", which is similar to Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival". But with all the music has come all sorts of studying for finals next week! I've been listening to music as I study, though, so it's been fun. In orchestra, we have a final where we have to play an etude from our technique books (I guess they're like our orchestra textbooks) and write a short paragraph on ways we approached it on our instruments. I chose Mazas' 17th etude, the second half, because it sounds pretty cool.

In AP Music Theory, we actually have, for part of our final, a take-home portion where we have to listen to a piano piece and, after writing it and a simple bass progression, we have to analyze it, so that should be fun. All in all, once next week is over and Christmas is finally here, I'll be feeling extremely happy inside! I'm planning to, on Christmas morning, play through a bunch of tunes and record them for a Christmas Violin CD I'm making (although I've used guitar and piano as well).

Two more quick things. One is that yesterday, I went to see The Hobbit Part 1. I enjoyed the film, although I was thirsty the whole time. My mom had said earlier Howard Shore's soundtrack got bad reviews. Although I was barely paying attention to the soundtrack (well, I was, but in some parts of films it's hard to), I thought that from the pieces re-used from the original Lord of the Rings fit in perfect spots. Anyways, afterwards we went to Panera Bread. That place is a cafe of sorts, so I was thinking when I got older, on my way to working as a film composer in the mornings, I'd bring my laptop or staff paper and pencil, get a cup of coffee, and compose. :) Ah, I got six-to-ten-to-more years before I have to worry about that...

Finally, one last thing. ... What was that one last thing? I'm completely drawing a blank here! Oh, maybe it was that that link down below at the bottom of this entry leads to the violin Christmas special I recorded just this afternoon. I hope you enjoy it! Please leave a comment if you watch it here or on YouTube. Any feedback is nice!

So thanks for reading, and sorry I haven't been updating. It isn't like July when I wasn't playing violin; I'm still actively practicing every day, it's just I haven't been updating here. Thanks again!

Oh, and by the way... my violin, Amber, has been revived! She has a super-glued crack on the chinrest, and a bridge from Germany, but she's fine! All good! Still my favorite thing ever! :) (I'm talking about my violin like pirates do their ships... What is wrong with me?)

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