January 2003

January 14, 2003 20:21

I'm really looking forward to my violin lesson tomorrow. I'm in the process of picking out a bunch of new repertoire. One piece that I'm hoping to take on is Dvorak's Romance in F minor. It's such a beautiful piece, and very moving, It's always been a favorite, and when I started playing violin it was one of a few pieces that I had hoped to learn one day so it will be a great mark in my playing career of the violin to learn this piece. There are so many wonderful pieces out there and I wish I could learn them all. I have enjoyed taking out a Caprice by Ekhardt-Gramatte that I started working on before my exam and then put aside while I was preparing for my exam. It really brings out a lot of the different tones you can get out of a violin, too bad her Caprices aren't performed more often. I'm also looking forward to starting back at the piano this week. I have finally memorised my Ravel Prelude, and part of my Beethoven Sonata! It should be a busy and interesting week! Well I think that's just about it for this blog posting.

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January 13, 2003 10:10

I'm so happy to have my exam over with. I was starting to get a little worried about it as the deadline was approaching really fast, and I still had to get my concerto memorised. I was thrilled when I was able to play it by memory two days prior to the exam! My actual exam went really well overall and I had lots of fun once I got past my concerto.

I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of my family this spring when they fly and drive out to come and hear the youth symphony play! We had a rehearsal yesterday and everything went really well! I think my favorite piece that we are doing is the Overture to the Gypsy Baron by Strauss, it has lots of tricky stuff in it and lots of mood and tempo changes.

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