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Juergen L. Hemm

Two Instruments in One Rehearsal

March 20, 2009 at 2:08 PM

During yesterday's orchestra rehearsal, I made good use of my new double case (details). After tackling the first movement of a (the?) Serenade by Dvorak, our conductor pulled out the "Swiss Symphony for String Orchestra" by Felix Mendelssohn. There a part for first violins, one for second violins, one for second violas, one for cello/bass and one for third violin.

Yours truly was designated third violinist and I reached into my new case to pull out my small axe. After having attached the shoulder rest, tuning up and getting the violin bow out without breaking it, I managed to play the part prima vista without bungling the tricky runs with many accidentals. But, after the second page turning, I lost count and was completely out of the game for some lines until I managed to sneak back in and join the fun again.

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