For me it was a huge coincidence: first writing about HH and Twinkle in a discussion thread, and then actually finding footage of her playing it. And it's true: I cannot match her playing in Twinkle for beauty and perfection. I'll take up Twinkle in my daily practice routine :)
She plays Twinkle so beautifully and with so much emotion. It fits perfectly with her discussion of how hard it can be to show emotions during slow playing, a point she also emphasized by playing a slow movement from Bach. I'm going to watch the video again and study carefully what she is doing. On viewing for the first time, I saw her doing some interesting shifting and playing double stops and then continuing the tune on either the high or the low note. Her use of vibrato is worth studying, too. She is just fantastic.
I urge everyone to watch the second segment of this video. Hilary plays bluegrass music while the TV host "plays" with a hula hoop.
From Jim Tsai
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 1:02 AM
i like hahn a lot, but the mood lighting and the romanticizing of TTLS were way over-the-top.
Very nice. I noticed her vibrato amplitude in TTLS was almost non-existant. Just goes to show maybe we sometimes overdo it. The mood lighting was interesting giving the piece an etherial setting which, IMHO, accentuates the difference between a beginning Suzuki student and what she is now. Reach for the stars.
Twinkle, Twinkle must be catching. My wife was a teacher at the 92nd St Y in NYCity. It was customary that monthly there was father's day--dad came in and told what he did and shared with the kids. Well one time, it was Itzhak Perlman's turn at "dads" day. Of course he came with that great Strad and explained what he did. When the requests came in--well, you guessed it, it was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". My wife tells me that all the kids sat around and he played it as only he could. Wish I would have been there.