October 12, 2006 at 5:42 PMThis is a recording of the Bruch Romanze, with Joy Thurmon on the piano. It isn't a perfect performance, but my first on the viola, and I so much enjoyed this piece. My pianist is awesome, too....
Ah, the cold has finally come. Complete with sunshine of the grey variety. Somehow augmented with blue in higher places and puffy clouds. We have yet to turn our heater on, but I'm relieved to need a coat outside. I hate hot climates. Or I just hate being hot. Hmm...but don't mind being a "hottie". In my homemade drawstring pants and my husband's hoodie...
I had a wonderful day yesterday, and enjoyed my practice. I'm being dutiful with my orchestra music. I don't allow myself to spend 3/4 of the time on Wagner, and 1/4 divided between Porgy and Bess. I'm not thrilled about playing Porgy and Bess. I'm one of those who fall into the "offended" party. Not that I"m actually offended. I don't know. I read the history of it, and studied the musical aspects of it...and listened to it....I can't honestly say if it is because I don't like the music and the score is one of those handwritten monstrosities (can't tell whether the notes follow each other go up or down, or stay the same...sometimes manicly scrunched and sometimes drifting), or if it bothers me in another way. But I think it does. The dialect, the stereotypes... It isn't the subject matter, because what opera doesn't have stabbings and fistfights and love affairs and maybe even drugs? This is different, though. Anyway. It doesn't matter. I learn the music, I play the concert, I get a paycheck. And I feel lucky, because I'm not working somewhere undesireable.
Anyhow. I am giving out a call for used viola strings? I spent a bunch on a set of aricore and tonica strings that I can't get to open. They totally closed my instrument up, the C string actually not producing much more than vibration. I can't afford to get another set, especially with a new set on it right now. I took the C string off and put my old Obligato on, which helped, but it is really dead. So...if anyone has used viola strings hanging around the house, case, office, etc. that you don't need, I would be so greatful... should they arrive in the mail. Is that pitiful sounding? Hope not.
Maybe I can trade something for them (or it).
K. Me and my violin/viola are going on a walk to the college to practice. I'm having too much fun at home to get anything done here.
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