Help with Also Sprach Zarathustra concertmaster solo

September 9, 2004 at 12:49 AM · Hi, I'm new to posting here but I've been reading the message board for quite a long time! :) I am impressed with how helpful knowledgeable everyone is here. Anyways, in a few days I have an orchestral audition (for a youth symphony I'm in) and one of the exerpts I have to play is the solo violin part in the Das Tanzlied section of Also sprach zarathustra (r. strauss) I was wondering if anyone has played it and has advice of any kind (musical, technical, stories, etc...) I'm expecially intrested in thoughts about the character as I feel I pretty much have the notes down. I just need to find a way to make it really sparkle now!

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September 9, 2004 at 03:26 AM · Greetings,

I suppose you could read Nietzche. But it`s completely nuts,


Buri from the abyss

September 9, 2004 at 04:02 AM · Congratulations on getting the notes down! That's no small feat!

Reading Nietzche is actually a good idea, but not Zarathustra alone. Complement parts of it (especially the beginning) with Beyond Good and Evil, The Birth of Tragedy, or A Geneology of Morals. Or just find one of those "portable Nietzche" (spelling? wow, i ought to know that.) things and get a sense of the guy's thought processes, and think about how they might relate to Strauss's.

September 9, 2004 at 10:55 AM · Hmmm thanks I'll definately look into that as beside the names of the little sections I don't get the piece as a whole...

September 10, 2004 at 11:28 PM · White jumpsuit with a short cape. Lots of rhinestones.

September 10, 2004 at 11:59 PM · haha that and an Elvis wig ey? :)

I actually read some of the Nietzsche some went over my head but the part about dancing and stuff, that corresponds with the solo I understood and liked. So thanks for the idea!

September 11, 2004 at 03:51 AM · I suppose you should aim more for Brittany than Elvis...

September 11, 2004 at 12:46 PM · Try not to be stiff as a poke when you play this; think of wood sprites crossed with ballroom dancers.

September 12, 2004 at 04:47 PM · I really do not care for Nietzche, his writings are ridiculous and absurd the music itself is great though. bye!

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