First violin lesson after my teacher's two week vacation. Practised the Allegro from Franck's violin sonata faithfully during the last weeks, especially the bars where every other note is an incidental. Also, heeded advise from a book and practised from back to front, so as to get a tailwind while performing.
Since it was hot and very humid, I pawed all over the finger board during the introduction, even missing some of the easy shifts. Still have to work a lot on my bowing - not close enough to the bridge, too timid.
Anyway, he pointed out the improvements in many areas and then we tackled the tough parts note for note and bar by bar again.
Played viola with my "Thursday orchestra" for the first time - now that I've the alto clef mostly down it is finally possible. We played a suite by Telemann, a gorgeous Andante for flute and orchestra by Mozart - great solo by our American flutist/oboist and then we wrapped it up with an arrangement of "Funiculi, Funicula". Tone repetitions about tone repetitions. Easy actually, once you get into the groove and a lot of fun! Sadly, this was the last rehearsal for this saison. Now what am I going to do after my violin lesson for the rest of summer ;-)
After a long day at work, I met with chamber music friends from ACMP
. We worked on Mozart's KV 499. Our interpretation was not yet ready for a performance, but we've improved a lot since our last get-together. I especially loved the Adagio.
Afterwards, I received the music for Beethoven's op. 18 as a gift. We plan to play op. 18/2 at our next meeting.
Spent the weekend stacking firewood in the shed and around the house. Managed to get some practice hours in, too. Played viola with my chamber group on Monday evening (Missa brevissima in C Major by Eberlin and a short piece by Vivaldi. The presto was more like allegro molto moderato, but still a nice piece). Alto clef is getting more and more familiar.
Crappy day at work - most hectic and stressful.
Finally got out and drove to my violin teacher - with a traffic jam making me even more late; and then the amazing power of relaxation music has - even if it is demanding and requires effort and concentration.
Worked on "Zebulon Dance" by Didier Lockwood
and the Franck
Short break at an Italian restaurant for a salad and a glass of red wine.
Orchestra rehearsal with works of Richard Trunk
(serenade) and Kammerlohr.
Our American professional (flute, oboe) was there, too and so the whole day at least had a happy ending.
More entries: August 2004 June 2004