October 16, 2006 at 6:43 AMThis week I have been assigned Caprice Basque, by Sarasate, and I’ve had so much fun delving into the previously unknown world of crazyvirtuosocompositions. I don’t think I’ve experienced anything quite like these high notes that show up at the end of the piece. At this point, my efforts resemble something like a tangled spider-scramble toward my nostrils, followed by a bird-like warble, whose pitches don’t really represent any particular note names. Really, I guess it’s not as bad as I just portrayed it, but I must say, playing that high requires some sort of tight-rope balancing act that I haven’t been trained to perform just yet. And, judging by the looks of it, not all the fingerings were ready for such heights, either:
I have the Joachim edits of the Brahms concerto. Joachim had substantial input into the concerto but not the last word. The ultimate version has some jumps to very high notes, and Joachim's edits make clear that it is perfectly acceptable (the notation "ossia") to play those notes an octave lower!
Linda, when I see that 3, it makes me thing of religious-themed paintings in the Renaissance (or medieval period?), of the mortals that tipped their heels toward heaven and tumbled off the road of the straight and narrow. I gotta find that particular piece of artwork now.
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