The Next Six Weeks... to infinity... and beyond...

April 7, 2015, 4:27 PM · There is so much music happening for me as I begin to wrap up my high school year! I thought this would be an informative and nostalgic entry to look back on both before the summer and beyond just to see what I was up to around this time in the future, like if you're carousing all my older entries here on this blog. :)

On violin, I'm currently involved with our musical, Suessical, and we've been having long rehearsals after school. It's been fun looking through all this music, and it'll be an exciting show because lots of people in the community usually come out to our school's musicals, and it may attract an elementary school audience even, which will be cute. I also have my recital in a couple weeks on violin, where I'll be playing "Little Snow-White", the concerto I began last year (literally a year ago) and worked so hard on composing throughout the summer, for the final time (at least working on it). Then, in private lessons, I plan on working on technique and preparing my playing skill for college. One of the pieces we are playing for the Pops concert this year is Herrmann's "Psycho" suite. We just got the piece a couple days ago, and I had already listened to it in the BBC Proms 2011 concert, so it was cool that we got the actual version (rented) that we get to play! I'm playing the second violin part, but it's still a very fun piece and I'm excited to play it for my final concert in high school at the end of May... very sad....

Composition-wise, due May 4th is a symphony I began working on last month called "Human" (Symphony No. 2), I'm calling it, since my "first" one was completed in 2012. Each of its four movements go from birth to childhood to adulthood to death, and I have a specific story I'm telling with it in a way. Secondly, while I was in Italy last week, I wrote out some sketches for my string quartet, which I hope to work a lot on after completing my symphony, and of course if I want to continue working on a possible opera, or any sort of final "Thank you" pieces for strings or anything. It's kind of sentimental for my final piano recital in May, because I've been doing piano recitals with my teacher for basically a whole decade by now, really, and one of the pieces I'm playing on piano for it is a sonatina I composed in January 2015.

Looking ahead to the summer, I'm going to be continuing to prepare music for college, probably both for violin and piano, so I can hopefully be in a good position for auditioning for the orchestra. Most likely, I'm going to end up at Augustana, but stay tuned for more details. :) I hope to possibly make some sort of film this summer, since last summer I didn't, and I'd like to see after homing my composition skills (especially with my big summer work "Birds of Prey") what I can do with a film score now, and it'd be cool to have a more recent film to take with me to college to show off everything. I'm also thinking about writing out, by hand, maybe in the summer sun, a part from a complete orchestra Ravel score, because some college professors suggested that would help with notation and also give ideas for our compositions. That would be a fun project to do, especially since I have a large pad of score paper that could fit all the instruments. Overall, I think this could be a very productive and musical summer! I'm not thinking too much about it yet, but just for some ideas on things I could do to keep up with everything musically. :)

So yeah! I'm very excited for not only the last six or seven weeks of high school (and a bit sad), and the summer beyond, but also beginning college! It will be a very new experience, but it will also be fantastic, and there's just so much going on in my life, both musically and not, that I just have to allow music to help me push through these somewhat emotional times as well. And thanks for all the support I get through the community here! It's weird to think I began this blog in March 2012, when I had just finished my childhood phase of video games and toys and whatnot (and some music and even some composition with my sister on violin and piano). I really only began this I think because at that time, whenever I obsessed over a game or something, I would have to watch all the videos on that particular game as well as play it, so at first the violin was just like another game, where I would want to watch videos and read about it. Of course, now it's turned into my life and my soul, much, much more than just that, but I guess now's the time to start being nostalgic about all these things. Anyway, I'd better get to work on some homework, so I hope you enjoyed this little article, and see you later!


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