thais meditation unaccompanied?
My aunt passed away and I have been asked to play at the funeral. I am considering Meditation from Thais, but there is no piano in the church, and I am not sure if I can get the organist to play it on short notice. Also I will be flying in the morning of the funeral, so there is not much time to rehearse with an accompanist. What do you think - will it work without accompaniment or should I find something else? Suggestions?
Yes, it will. I've done it before unaccompanied.
Bach Sarabande in Re minor
I played Meditation with an organ accompanist at an 11 AM funeral service for my dearest friend after driving 400 miles that morning to get there. I think we had a few minutes to get the tempo agreed before we started. I'd been away from my violin all week. My wife says it was the best I've ever played.
In case you don't know, youtube has a lot of good versions of this piece unaccompanied. Here is one.
Use this in the background with the church's sound system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHIJYCNIbRY.
This is an interesting question. The thing is that those of us who already know the piece can "fill in" from our memory of it. Someone who's never heard it wouldn't have that ability, and their experience of it would be quite different. I'd guess that a player would have to consider the inexperienced listener's point of view.
I play it unaccompanied for my mother's assisted living center every time I visit (four or five times a year). The residents love it. It sounds fine without accompaniment.
Yes you can and it's a very good choice. Someone else suggested the Bach D Minor Sarabande, and that's lovely too. It's harder but you're a pro, right? So you should have it on your racquet, so to speak. Another very pretty tune is "Songs My Mother Taught Me" which can be either somber or bright depending on the tempo. Depending on the arrangement also it can be short or longer.
Thanks for the replies. I have decided to play the meditation unaccompanied. I'm not a pro, so even if I have played the Sarabande before it was many years ago and I don't think I can get it to performance level on short notice.
That sarabande is the hardest movement in the D minor Partita except perhaps for the chaconne.
How about bringing a wireless bluetooth speaker, and load the backing track on a smartphone or other small playback device?
I played it years ago in a Church funeral, unaccompanied and standing by the coffin. It worked very well but you need a good vibrato and tone quality or it will go down like a lead balloon.
I played it unaccompanied and it was much appreciated by the family.
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