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Ode to Kreutzer 2

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Published: December 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM [UTC]

Where I live, December is the time of year when we get to exercise our rhyme-muscles. Yesterday I tried my hand at writing lyrics to Kreutzer etude 2, which I have been practicing for months now. I wrote the words in my native tongue and had a lot of fun doing it. So this morning I wrote an English version. Singing the piece with these lyrics actually helps me to identify where my memorization is still not quite solid.

So here goes:

Ode to Kreutzer 2

Such a rich resource this Kreutzer 2
I know my teacher takes that view
He gave this piece to me in May
Now in December still I play

'Cause Kreutzer 2 is great for me
I'm sure my neighbours would agree
They hear me play it on and on
and I just hope they think it fun

I have to take it very slow
That's what my teacher wants, I know
And every day I start anew
To sink my teeth in Kreutzer 2

I hope to conquer it one day
And put the wretched book away
A girl can dream, and tho' I do
For now I stick with Kreutzer 2

Last night I stayed up very late
And then I dreamed of Kreutzer 8
But when I woke up with the 'flu
I found I'm still at Kreutzer 2
I know my husband would agree
This Kreutzer is the one for me

He still supports me when I do
Another bar of Kreutzer 2
And as I polish ev'ry line
I look at him and he seems fine
I try my best and hope it's true
He likes the sound of Kreutzer 2
And if some day he'll let me know
That I must choose twixt him and Ro'

It will be sad, what can I do?
I must persist with Kreutzer 2
What if it makes me lose my man
While I am doing all I can?
I'll try to make amends and pray
He will relent and let me stay!

My teacher lingers on my case
He makes me work on every phrase
And when he doesn't like my sound
It's back to Kreutzer 2, I've found
We keep on trying, yes we do
Since we both love our Kreutzer 2

Now this may seem a little sad
But it is not, I'm very glad!
I started this adventure late
And for my age I'm doing great
I even practice when I'm blue
So I improve, I swear it's true

All with the help of Kreutzer 2!

From Krista Moyer
Posted on December 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM
From Jayanthi Joseph
Posted on December 7, 2013 at 7:06 AM
Thank you for helping me rediscover Kreutzer 2! :)
From elise stanley
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM
The poem is delightful,
No need to be so frightful,
You see, for each of us its also true -
Expert or beginner, we are all stuck at K2.


From Zina Francisca
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM
@ Krista: Thank you!

@ Jayanthi: You are so welcome! ;-)

@ Elise: my teacher definitely agrees. In his (professional) orchestra, there always seems to be SOMEONE playing snippets of K2 ...

From Zina Francisca
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM
I made an interesting discovery: when I put the poem up on my stand and play from the words instead of from the notes, I play much more in tune. Maybe it is because on Friday I sang it many, many times. Also, it seems to free the movement of both my hands. Anyway, it works so well that yesterday I wrote lyrics to the first movement of the Vivaldi concerto I am learning. Boy, that is one long poem ...

My teacher keeps telling me to think of the notes before I play them. Whenever I encounter intervals in a piece that I find difficult to get right, I turn to songs for help that I know how to sing automatically (nursery rhymes, christmas carols etc.) It seems that I am now expanding on this principle. Does anyone else do this?

From jean dubuisson
Posted on December 8, 2013 at 8:31 PM
Zina, that's just great!!! About your last question: yes, I do that too (using tunes you have in your head to practice intervals). Simon Fischer actually recommends as a great intonation exercise to play out of your head simple tunes on your violin, in different positions (typically four, because you can start your tune with the first, second, third or fourth finger), while taking great care that the tune sounds right (intonation is correct).

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