October 29, 2008 at 3:41 AMWhat this piece means to me...
I love this piece and it means so much to me in so many ways.
It was how I discovered my idol Janine Jansen.
It was the first piece that I learned that is accompanied by orchestra.
It is just so beautiful to me.
Vaughan Williams composed the first draft in 1914. He borrowed the term "romance" from Beethoven when he named his piece a Romance for violin. Here are the originally quoted four more lines of the poem:
He is the dance of children, thanks
Of sowers, shout of primrose banks
And eyes of violets while they breathe;
All these the circling song will wreathe...
I am still working on the piece and wondering if I'll ever master it; everyday it brings a new personality into playing.
I can imagine how Williams could get inspiration. Some of the rythms can feel like the beating of birds wings... the opening phrases to me are what that feels like. And the beautiful dramatic passages are the bird rising higher. And the ending, the lark melting into the horizon and fading away.
*Edit: Sorry about the wierd positioning and frame on the picture. I had to upload it using picasa because of the work on the site so it didn't come out how I'd like. And btw, I obviously didn't take it.
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