March 9, 2012 at 10:39 PMOne of my students surprised me the other day with a big "yes" vote for classical music. She'd been working hard and was just finishing a classical piece. Knowing how much she enjoys playing fiddle music and other "fun" stuff, I gave her a few fiddle tunes to play as a little break before starting the epic Vivaldi G minor concerto.
At the end of the week, her enthusiasm for the "fun" pieces was tepid. "They're so repetitive," she complained. I was not able to disagree.
"Would you like to just go straight to the Vivaldi?"
I always seem to return to classical music as the most interesting stuff out there. Of course, I do find some of the most recent experiments in rock violin and pop violin very engaging, especially the work of Time for Three and The Dueling Fiddlers. Also, there are the jazz greats like the late Stephane Grappelli and wonderful folk fiddlers out there like Mark O'Connor.
What genre of music is your favorite to play? I'm limited here to five answers, but please add your own if it's not here:
I wrote other. I play in a quintet that specializes in Tango Nuevo, and we have the same formation that Piazzolla originally did. It is wonderful, and as much as I love playing all music, I have to say that this has something I have not found in anything else!
But ultimately I would like to try a variety of styles from different periods. :)
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