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Mendy Smith

Quartet Night with New Violinsts (plural)

January 15, 2009 at 6:35 AM

Our newly re-formed quartet met tonight for the first time.  After having lost both of our violinists within a month, it was a blessing to have found two very talented violinists in short order. Both of which are 1st chair in their respective sections in different amateur orchestras.

We started the evening with Mozart's K421, a piece that the cellist and I played several times before.  Then without taking our customary break, we jumped right into Schubert's Death & the Maiden.  NOT an easy piece to play, let alone sight read - and only after playing together as a group for an hour.  WOW!  Granted, there were a few calls for a "do-over", but by the last two movements we were really starting to pull together and playing well as a group. 

So for now we will be meeting every other week, and sight read several pieces to find new ones that we are all interested in and want to focus on. 

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