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August 5, 2009 at 2:40 AM

Lovely.  I had begun to type a beautiful blog about my last lesson with Mrs. Preucil , but had to delay it as I haven't figured out exactly how to articulate my thoughts on that yet.  

In the mean time, I'm practicing...  

Oh the beauties and frustrations of Mozart.  I really do love his 4th violin concerto.  Many of the difficulties in getting into the spirit of this piece fell away when I realized that Mozart was my age when he wrote it.  Suddenly, I knew the eyes through which I must look at that piece and then, I realized that I have those very eyes without the need for any imagination.  Really, I was thrilled.  Well, tonight isn't going so hot.  I made wonderful strides in getting it to sound just the way I want, a violinist's dream come true, but they seemed to be non-existent tonight.  Grr...  Plodding along, I attempted to iron out my difficulties once more, only to have new ones surface.  Frustration mounted as I continued my work.  Finally, in frustration and disgust, I set my instrument in my case and walked away.  My dad was sitting in the room listening, watching me, and when I explained, suggested, first, that I play something else, and when that was shot down, suggested that I "take 5."  Oh, if only it were that simple!  

So, here I am, taking more than five minutes to vent my current frustrations before heading back to the world of practicing Mozart.  I guess it worked a bit, I don't feel like smashing things anymore...  ???  I'll get back to you on how this works out.  




From Ruth Kuefler
Posted on August 6, 2009 at 2:32 AM

I swear there's nothing like practicing Mozart to get you riled up, haha. I'm working on Marriage of Figaro excerpts for auditions right now and boy are they a pain. ;) Good luck!

From Michael Divino
Posted on August 6, 2009 at 3:07 AM

I'm working on Mozart v.c. no.3 and I know exactly how you feel:

Though that may still be a rough patch in my performance, I am close to breaking into the cadenza.  LOTS OF SLOW PRACTICE!!!!!

Good luck!  Let us know how it goes!

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