I'm have a big recital program: 2 mvmts of Bach G Minor, the Tartini Devil's Trill, the Franck, and Ravel Tzigane. All pieces are coming under control technically. My problem: stamina. They are all monster pieces with monster endings, and I am getting pooped. I'm never tense or in pain; I just get that slightly glazed feeling where you think, "Ok, let's get this over with." The fingers also turn to motley mush after awhile.
I'm beginning to think of violin playing as a very athletic undertaking. What is most important? Cardio? Upper-body strength? Should I cross-train? Run? Hang upside down from a bar? I want to begin the last piece on the program, the Ravel, as energetically as I begin the first one. Another obvious suggestion is to conserve energy, but HOW can I conserve it without sacrificing intensity? These pieces are all so marvelous, I don't want to hold back a bit.
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