So my journey with the viola begins!!...well it kinda already started but now it's official!!
I am a college student to be and I must start getting prepared for college auditions and prescreening and all that fun stuff. With only a year to get ready, I am nervous and worried, but excited and ready to work double time. Originally I was going to major in violin and take lessons for viola on the side, but this miraculous thing happened and I changed my mind.
Playing both viola and violin, I get to see the best (and worst) of both worlds. Recently the viola as been pulling at my attention and calling me name. So of course I answered thinking it was going to be a regular practice, but of course it wasn't. My viola spoke to me in a whole new way. So with only a year to go, I have switched to viola and that will be my major and my violin my 'minor'.
I can't even explain how overwhelmed I felt when I realized all the things I must learn in a years time. Those who think that the viola isn't that hard of a instrument, oh how very wrong you are!
What jolted me the most was looking at the Walton Viola Concerto for the first time. It's a beautiful piece, so one thinks 'oh I would love to play that for an audition.' When coming from the violin and looking at the standard concerti, you are used to the insanely fast(or beautifully or even painstakingly slow), gorgeous, emotion filled concerto. I did not expect so many time signature changes!! It's almost like an improv on the piano!! Every couple measures, another time sig. change. It even goes into seven-two. WHAT?!? So of course after seeing that, I couldn't help but hyperventilate a bit. Then to make that worse, I started thinking of how shifting was harder and playing faster, harder! And so many more things to learn! Then having to take everything I already know and switch it over to the viola and tweek things here and there to make it fit the viola (literally)
After a bit of freak out, I sat down and focused on my Beethoven Symphony No. 2 and began to learn my excerpts for seating auditions...on Saturday....which I just started working on on Wednesday. The music engulfed me and immediately I felt better. The viola will become my second limb and heart and I can't wait to been a very long, interesting journey with it. (And my violin will of course be tagging along for the ride)
Oh...did I mention I have only been playing viola for...oooh I don't know, 7 months? And violin for six years? (insert nervous laughter here) wish me luck, I'm gonna need it.
P.S. I just realized that this Noo makes me sound like I do everything at the last minute..I don't though!!!
I think that everyone needs music in their lives. It's so important to the soul tohave. I love music with a passion and almost every genre (key word almost). In classical music, i am more of a romantic girl :).Classical music does something for me that regular music cannot. I can't explain what it might be, but something about hearing a full orchestra perform a piece, makes me feel and want to dance (by the way I also like dancing). There is something that moves through me that gives me nothing but joy.
There are certain pieces that I have listened to that always make me smile or if I am in a bad situation cry but even still I get an emotion from the beautiful mellifluous sound. Pieces like Bruch violin concerto (I am absolutely addicted to the recording on YouTube played by Sarah Chang. I don't know who with but she was wearing a green dress) that is absolutely powerful and filled emotion or Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings op.11a. When I first did my research on it, it was said that when first played, no one left the theater with a dry eye. I always feel a powerful emotion when I hear that song; it has helped me through many a bad situation. One of the happier songs I adore is Stravinsky's Petrouchka. It's such a fairy like song that is so light and complex. It's a very playful song that is always a joy to listen to.
Music can be the typical like Beethoven's Symphony no.2 (which I am playing and ecstatic about) or Mozart's Eine Kline Nachtmusik (played that for my chamber music concert the viola part. I learned that song inside and out all parts) but then there are those musical wonders of more modern music or those composers who go out way out of the musical box. Ravel's La Valse was amazing to me when I first heard it. It was complex and had a sinister feel under the beautiful waltz you heard. It was about WWII and I think it expressed it perfectly. Bartók was an amazing composer and I love his Viola Concerto. That song started my deep journey through music. Ligeti is one of the most odd and amazing composers. I loved his "anti-anti opera" La Grande Macabre. Composers and musicians have such a sense of humor and I love that about the music world.
I love classical music with a passion that cannot be extinguished, which is why (even though so late) I have decided I want to major in this field. I decided this at 15, and I am prepared to work my hardest to get becoming a professional. Nothing will stop me because in my head I will always hear the beautiful blend of strings and winds and brass. Nothing will top the feeling of being in a full orchestra and pouring my heart into my violin (or viola) to help reach the ears of young and old alike. I don't think that classical music will ever go away, I just hope that it will stay around long enough for those younger me and still unborn to be able to experience. Hopefully classical music will once again be able to reach more than it does now.
Music (especially classical) is my world and I don't intend on letting it go anytime soon :).
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