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Bach Suite no. 3 Prelude (on viola)

October 4, 2006 at 9:36 AM

Bach Suite no.3, prelude.
Well, something I did this afternoon during my practice session is switch on the minidisc recorder to find how many takes it would become to get a sound/style/relaxation/portrait of what I want this particular movement to say. It took the whole practice session (the rest of it, I mean). It isn't the greatest quality, but the minidisc does have decent recording capeabilities.

I'm not currently in lesson, so any advice pertaining to the prelude, would be welcome with open arms.

It is about 4:30 a.m. and I woke up for some reason, so I threw this on the computer and had a listen. I am also finding recordings to listen to, played by violists. Listening to a cellist play it is very hard to apply, for me at least. Hearing it on the viola gives me much more aurally to consider.

Well. Happy day to all.
Oh, before I forget. I'm having stumps in the Prokofieve violin Sonata in DM, 1st mvt., in the chordal sections (4part chord followed by open E or A for several measures, then sweetly sweeping up to melodic higher passages). To get all four strings without a break (2/2, 1/3, 3/1 etc) or a roll, HOW to achieve that without crunching and crashing. I like the lighter approach,sort of like a Bach fugue chord nightmare section resolve, but then the E squeeks every time, even if my hand is not touching the string in the squeeze to cover the G string. Pull the bow fast and short? Give it all contact, or on and off? Pressure? Out of the strings, or into the strings for the sound?


Later Gators,
Jennifer Warren

From bill Pratt
Posted on October 4, 2006 at 7:47 PM
That's you playing? Blows my playing out odf the water.

You are relly in tune almost the whole time which is a hell of a job to do on an instrument with no fingertapes;-)

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on October 5, 2006 at 7:23 AM
That's beautiful, Jennifer. Your phrasing keeps me hanging on and wanting more. Thanks for posting it.

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