The trip to Vancouver ended up being a little more busy then originally intended. I took my violin along to practice, and having not seen the person who made my instrument playable since I picked up the violin, we decided to stop in at his workshop and say hi, and play for him. He looked at the violin and offered to clean it up for me and make sure the pegs were still fitting...adjust the bridge and everything else that goes along with a routine matinence, so I was violinless for over 24 hours! That felt weird. When I went back to get it on my way home the next day, it was so shiny, and the sound was a lot brighter. I played my Bach for him. :)!
A really big highlight for me this past trip to great city of Vancouver, was a brief trip downtown. I needed to pick up a textbook for my history exam and a viola string, but I also got to go into the Canadian Music Center! I'm learning Adieu Babylon and hadn't received a postage return when I got the score out, so I wanted to pick one up and buy the score. I was in there looking at some of the commercially released cd's, then took care of getting the score ordered. After doing that, the man asked if I wanted to take a look at the library. (YES!!!) He showed me where the sound archives were and where all the different kinds of music scores were. I thought I'd ask on the slim chance that there might be a recording of Adieu Babylon, as it's an unpublished work that was a compulsory piece for the Eckhardt-Gramatte competition in 1991. To my great delight, he found a one! It was so neat to hear the piece. There was a little bit at the beginning where they talked to the performer and I was just blown away by getting to hear it! I could have easily lived in the CMC for a couple of days..months..maybe years(?) just listening to the archives and looking at the scores!
The other highlight of the trip to Vancouver was going up to UBC to hear Jasper Wood perform at one of the noon hour recitals. He played a Schubert Sonatina, Brahms A major sonata (my favorite!) and then the Ravel Tzigane and Sarasate Ziguenerwiesen. The Brahms was the highlight of the program for me. I love the piece a lot and the warmth and beautiful melodies of the work are quite stunning. (and were stunningly played!) The Tzigane and Zigeunerwiesen were probably two of the fastest I've heard. I thought they were fast to begin with and thought to myself it would be neat to see how the tempo holds out...to my great suprise the tempos were pushed even more, I was on the edge of my seat! It was so inhumanly fast, I couldn't belive those pieces could be done at such speeds, then to my suprise, the tempos were pushed even more! I don't think I've ever seen anyone play so fast before. It was amazing! I still like the sentimentality of the Brahms though. :)!
Well...I need to go and get my stuff together for school and practice before I have to leave.
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