April 2006

April 30, 2006 12:58

So, as I continue to prepare for my audition Saturday, May 6th, I get worried. I went through the Minuets from Partita No. 3 slowly and brought them up to speed, making sure that everything was in-tune and I was in the right part of the bow, and I especially made sure not to crunch chords.

I went through my Mozart excerpt yesterday and finally got it to sound the way I wanted it to. The Schumann excerpt is a different story, haha. Oh, I should probably focus on Schumann on my finally few days before the audition. I think this excerpt will make the difference between me making Franklin Pond or sitting at home my entire summer.

The first movement of the Haydn concerto no. 1 is okay. I could play it right now as it is for my audition and still do better than okay, but I have some things that I could do to make it better. I hate learning concertos and then having to come back to them for auditions. I always forget the concertos and have to re-learn them before the auditions. The same thing happened when I played Mozart Concerto No. 3

But, the cadenza isn't that great... I have so many intonation problems.

The audition is only 10 minutes long. It will probably be the longest ten minutes of my life. Either that or they will be the quickest ten minutes of my life. I have to have a movement of Bach prepared, as well as a movement from a concerto, two excerpts from the string quartet repertoire given on the website, and then sight-reading.

By the way, I am interested in buying some kind of recorder so I can listen to how I play and find things that I wouldn't normally hear to work on. Would a voice recorder with a casette tape work? Do they even sell those at Radio Shack?

I'm thinking that I might want a digital recorder... or maybe something I could buy that would save the sound files to my computer. I don't really want to spend more than $30, and I would be reluctant to buy anything up to $100. Let's just say I want something cheap. What do you guys use?


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April 22, 2006 09:35

I've learned something...

make sure you get your bow rehaired well before an audition date.

I offer you Milstein playing the Ciaconna.

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April 16, 2006 14:51

The music club that I am in at school called Tri-M has a recital tomorrow. Most people in the club are participating, including myself. I will be playing Minuets I/II from Partita No. 3.

I hope that it will go well. I wanted to play this piece because I am using it as a part of my audition material for Franklin Pond this summer. I want to get used to playing it with nerves so I can find out what I really need to work on.

I am also using the first movement of Haydn's Concerto No. 1 in C with Flesch's cadenza for the audition, plus the two excerpts that can be found on http://www.franklinpond.org

One the excerpts is from a Mozart quartet, and the other is from a Schumann quartet.

well, that is about it. I have a recording of Milstein playing the Minuets from Partita No. 3 that I will put on here.

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April 7, 2006 14:01

I had my violin lesson Wednesday. I've enjoyed my spring break this week, but I haven't done much. I met with my quartet one day this week for five hours. We played for about 3 hours and hung out for the other 2. We agreed that we liked the quartets we had chosen. We're playing (or in some cases learning) Mozart Quartet No. 18, KV 464, Haydn Quartet No. 4, Op. 76 ("Sunrise"), and Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat, Op. 12.

I'm not sure if we will have an opportunity to perform this music before school is out. It would be nice if we did.

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