Diving Back Into Music

November 12, 2017, 7:36 PM · I'm not going to go into details, but lately I haven't been as excited about music and actively searching it like I used to. I've just come out of Fall Break at school, which has given me time to reflect upon this, and coming out of it, excited for this next term, realizing how head-on I'm going to be going into music, I've been getting myself all excited again.

On violin alone, I'm going to be continuing my Ravel sonata, finishing up the Vaughan-Williams "Riders to the Sea" opera performance this week, playing Christmas music and three Concerti accompaniments of 20th century music, Dvorak 8 (all violin I), and, particularly exciting, joining a free improvisation group to just enjoy playing sounds, not being too bogged down on notes - I'm sure I'll write an entry sometime soon about my first impressions of the group! And all my classes too will be geared towards musical activities: continuing my conducting adventures, working with Beethoven, Copland, and Stravinsky, and continuing learning about music from Handel to Tchaikovsky, or somewhere in those eras. Of course, I'm continuing to compose; I spent all break orchestrating a new piece called "Music for an Ancient Castle," allowing me to finally explore my love of England and their music, and a few sketches on walks looking at the autumn trees for a violin and piano piece.

In a nutshell, that's going to be my life for the next several months around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, so I look forward to starting 2018 musically strong. I've been watching several concerts - like the Last Night of the BBC Proms 2017 this morning, and all of Dvorak 8 yesterday - to help guide me into this wonderfully musical mood. Of course I was never not excited about music in the past; I was just focused on other things. I just wanted to have my say here of diving headfirst back into music - and reading some stories, hopefully, to gear me towards film stuff - and enjoying splashing around in it again.

The thing I love about music is it truly coexists with everything in life, I find. I'm so excited to continue learning about it academically this term!


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