March 24, 2005 at 11:54 PM
Dvorak ticks me off. Seriously. I don’t know why but when it comes to sight-reading this guy’s music, there’s a good chance I’ll crash & burn.…. which puts me in a really foul mood. If I’m playing with others at the time, I’m libel to get snarky when faced with an adverse situation… such as …oh… I don’t know a violist who’s played the piece before and is trying to push the tempo & making things worse than they already are. An all-around bad situation as burning bridges & playing chamber-music are mutually exclusive: no matter how well you play, do too much of the former & you’ll find yourself deprived of the latter.
So using the what-doesn’t-kill-you-makes-youonger approach, the latest pile of string quartets I took out of the music library for my sight-reading practice is all-Dvorak. Hopefully I’ll work through my Dvorak-induced psychosis in private, thus leaving less human carnage in my wake and more chamber music opportunities on the road ahead….especially as I’m participating in 3 chamber-music weekends pretty soon.. and those know-it-all violists always want to play Dvorak. ‘Nuff said.
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