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Mendy Smith


May 17, 2010 at 2:55 AM

While working through my Z music, I started the hunt for Y music and ran across a transcription for a Ysaye's Cello Sonata.  So far is the the only "Y" piece I've found for viola.

After watching this piece performed on cello on Youtube I'm questioning WHY I'm doing this.  But when I stop to think about it for a moment, this Z-A goal is much like the one I had for the Bach Cello Suites:  for the adventure, pushing my limits further than before, learning something new, and branching out musically.

I'm trying to visualize myself executing those chords high up on the fingerboard on viola in the first movement.  I foresee many months of some literally painful practice sessions to come close to giving this piece some of the justice it deserves.  However, I am anticipating a better mastery of the fingerboard and bow arm after studying this piece.

Through all of this, I can't seem to overcome my addiction to "B" composers.  To satisfy this craving, I'm delving in head first into the S&P's on violin, starting with Partitia #4 Giga. This movement is the easiest of all the S&P's, and reminds me a bit of the Brandenburg Concerto #6 final movement in style. Though I can't manage yet the left & right hand agility for most of the S&P's at this time, I am able to produce a rich sound on this Partitia with relative ease. 

From Bart Meijer
Posted on May 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Hi Mendy,

This might help:


The names link to IMSLP.


From Christina C.
Posted on May 19, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Yup.... the what-doesn't-kill-you-will-make-youonger school of playing.


I know it well!

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