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Mendy Smith

Day 26 - The Most Unusual Duet

February 27, 2009 at 4:48 AM

Tonight was my last lesson before the audition Sunday.  Joel was kind enough to indulge me in playing the entire Bloch Suite Hebraique as a duet (him playing the piano part on viola), non-stop for both practice and prosperity's sake.  It was so much fun.  We both goofed up a little - me making a few wrong notes and he forgetting how to play bass clef on viola (not something that is done btw... ever).  We played it through as a duet a second time, working a few parts, and then really zoomed in on some sections solo.

My teacher agreed that spending my last few lessons dusting off previous pieces would be a good use of our time remaining together, especially now that (in his terms) I have the "chops".  So, with 2 lessons remaining, that means 4 pieces.  I'm thinking of bringing in the Bruch Romanze I competed with a year ago, the Hummel Fantasy, Bach's Suite #6 Prelude (something I WILL learn how to play some day), and one other...  haven't decided yet.  Maybe try the Brahms again.

3 more days on Bloch, and I am most definitely ready to move onto something different.


From Dottie Case
Posted on February 27, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Mendy...I've enjoyed taking this journey with you.  And, while i'm happy for your new job, I'm  a little sad not to be 'going to school' with you, vicariously, of course.  I was looking forward to you taking  us along:).

Have you had the chance to begin researching teachers/orchestras/playing opportunities in Houston yet? 

My daughter just did a college audition last week, so we are living now in the 'postess-but-waiting-for-results' time.  Good luck to you...we are eager to hear how it went. 

BTW, my daughter recorded her audition for her teacher, the same way you've been doing....little Ipod recorder in the violin case.  :) 


From sharelle taylor
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 12:41 AM

I'm gunna miss Joel! 


From Mendy Smith
Posted on February 28, 2009 at 4:37 AM

I'm going to miss Joel as well.  He's been great!  At least I get to see him once a year when I go to Interlochen (Adult Chamber Music Camp) - he is on the faculty there for the camp.  So it is not quite "goodbye", but  rather a "see you later in the year".

Typical for me, I've been accepted into a community orchestra and found a new viola instructor (Houston Symphony violist) already, even before finding a place to live down there.  Go figure!  It pays in a sense to be a violist. 

I just need to be careful that I don't over-book myself. 

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