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Mendy Smith

Romanze

November 29, 2007 at 6:02 AM

I decided to go for this winter's concerto competition rather than wait for the next one. The competition is in early January. I'm not getting any younger afterall so why wait!

After playing through Hummel with my teacher tonight, it ended up getting ruled out for the concerto competition - there is NO way I can learn this piece from scratch in a few weeks to a point where it is concert ready (the last section is WAY too fast to get the tempo up in a short period of time). Given several months - yes - several weeks - no.

So, Bruch got dusted off, and we got down to some serious work on it. I hadn't played with vibrato in awhile since re-starting my study of Bach, so we were both pleasantly supprised that my vibrato actually got better! How did THAT happen? We worked some on sound projection (the little acoustical problem violas have...), super-smooth string crossings, the theory of relativity as it applies to dynamics, and a shift from 3rd to 7th. Alot of time was spent however to play the piece without any noticable "pulses" - a bad side affect from overly counting through the piece.

Hopefully within a few weeks, Romanze will be so polished I have to wear sunglasses to play it.

From Terez Mertes
Posted on November 30, 2007 at 11:20 PM
>Hopefully within a few weeks, Romanze will be so polished I have to wear sunglasses to play it.

Great image! : ) Hope you have lotsa fun in the process.

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