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Kelsey Z.

June 6, 2004 at 11:26 PM

I'm still waiting to find out how I did on my music history exam. Sometimes the waiting is worse then the preparing and anticipating the exam. It's been 4 weeks since I wrote it, so another 2-4 weeks before I will know. I decided I take a look at some of the history four stuff and start some notes for that exam. I can now tell you what syllabic, nuematic, melismatic, and nuemes are and mean. History 4 appears to be a heavier course load and it covers a lot of years I think going back as far, if not farther then 800 all the way up to the Baroque era. Anyone familar with the chant Haec Dies?

The symphony season brochure has just come out. I'm also still waiting to find out if I was accepted or not from my audition, but I will know soon enough I guess. It's a rather eclectic program ranging from Handel's Messiah and Mozart Divertimenti to music of Part and Murphy. There are a few pieces I'm really excited about either playing in or getting to hear performed.Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (my sister and a friend did that as a two piano duet once...I hated turning pages for that piece), Kelly-Marie Murphy's concerto for cello entitled "This is the Color od My Dreams", Hovahness' Celstial gate, Part's Fratres and so much more. There's a really good sized dose of both Mozart and Beethoven it appears, so hopefully our subscriptions and ticket sales will be up this year from the past few years.

This coming weekend I'm performing the first movement of the Beethoven Pastorale Sonata on piano along with a piano duet at a year end recital and I'm going to be performing the Vitali Ciaccona on violin a couple of times as well as a piece written for my brother and I christened as "WTG" (pronounced wit-age; long story as to the name) but is really called "Rhapsody for violin and piano" by E. Schneider. We've only performed the work once, the premeire, and it's such a great piece! Challenging rhytm wise and just an overall really fun piece to play. I've played some of Mr. Schneider's music before both on violin and piano and it's always very difficult but it's always really satisfying to play. I can hardly wait to play it again, but it's nice to have this next week to get it back under my fingers.

June 28th is when I must be able to get through Lark Ascending. I can play it with the music, but I do need to be able to play it and keep together with the pianist. It's been more or less completely on hold the past while while I've been doing dance concerts and the audition, but this weekend it has had some major work on it. It's going to be a real challenge to have it ready for performance for the 28th, but I think it will be good for me. It's a shame it's not played and performed more often. It's such a great piece and it really helps you find that inner metronome.

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