Once upon a time there was a 15-year-old violinist who was learning the Bach Preludio from Partita in E. She loved this piece and worked it up to audition ready. She liked to play it fast and was rewarded by receiving a perfect score and A+ on a NYSSMA audition playing it.
Years passed and the violinist got a Ph.D. and had two kids. The poor violin spent too many years in the case. The then-40-year-old violinist rescued it, cleaned it, bought it some Infeld Reds and Blues and a new chin rest, and bought it a big brother viola so it would have some company.
Then one bright spring afternoon the violinist dusted off the old Preludio and started to play. Yikes!
How can I help this story have a happy ending? Three ideas so far: 1. E-major scales and arpeggios from the Carl Fleisch book. Every day. 2. Bowing and rhythm variations on the running 16th notes. 3. Studying the musical structure of the piece overall (something I didn't really do as a kid, I just plowed ahead).
I don't want to play it insanely fast, but still, it was so much fun . . .
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