What are you working on this summer?
Have been wondering what my fellow players (vocational and avocational alike) are working on this summer, and where they are at in general...
I know a lot of folks stop lessons for the summer, or prepare new rep for the fall season, so am curious as to what you'll be working on.
As for me, I do not stop lessons, I just do my best to have lessons as often as I can between vacation schedules.
I got passed on a couple of pieces (maxed out what I could do with them at this time) and just got assigned Sarasate Malagueña, and another short piece, which is super exciting for me.
I moved through my last three pieces in four months (four for one, two for the other, and two weeks for a third). My long slog through the intermediate waters is getting a bit more exciting, and rewarding, which is always nice. (Waves to Lydia who suffered for years in intermediate purgatory!)
I finally get to learn left hand pizzicato - YESSSS!!!
Am revitalizing my vibrato too, which is sorely needed. And learning to utilize not just my natural wrist vibrato but arm vibrato as well. Feels very different, but sounds much better (I think, I hope!).
So that's my summer violin plans.
(Along with scales, arpeggios, more scales, and arpeggios, and scales... and the beach, pool, and mountains!)
My summer plan is to work on the first violin part, first movement of Schubert's Death and the Maiden string quartet, and on Rode caprice 23.
Freezing here, summer a distant memory ( but my teacher did give me permission to take a holiday over Christmas , as he said it’s good to take a break every so often.
I'm working on the Allemande from D minor Partita and Glück Melodie (arr. Kreisler - Heifetz)
Ice cream. One scoop at a time!
All prep for the fall... I'm learning the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, which I'm performing with my community orchestra next season (and which we will be reading through this summer). Once we're through the reading session and I can stop being so focused on cramming the Mozart, my teacher wants to start another concerto, which will be Shostakovich 1. For the fall, I need to learn the Dvorak piano quintet (the usual op. 81), the Rachmaninoff G-minor piano trio, and the Reger clarinet quintet. For the spring, I'll be learning Faure A-major sonata, and I'm hoping I might be able to learn another major recital work as well.
Now a fourth year “restarter” - currently working on improving bow control with son filé exercises (now up to 20”/bow) and renewed determination to develop vibrato. Repertoire: Mollenhauer’s Boy Paganini, Bach’s Air, and revisiting slow movements of Perlman’s Concertino, and Seitz 2 with better vibrato.
I'm relearning Beethoven Op. 50 Romance (F major) for a performance with community orchestra, and my "working piece" is Viotti 22. I'm also spending more time trying to improve my jazz-violin skills.
Taking a break from Romantic works to play Barber. Doesn't seem too bad thus far but the 3rd movement is going to be a pain.
I'm pretty much taking the summer off by default because my son took my viola to camp!
Normally summers are the only time I can work on solo rep at all, so I increase my practice time quite a bit with rehearsals not taking up a big chunk of my free time. That's not happening this summer. I'm mostly trying to get back up to speed on viola after aggravating the shoulder injury that I've been dealing with in some form or another since February 2018. I thought I'd mostly recovered from it after 8 weeks of physical therapy, and then re-injured the same shoulder playing pickup soccer three weeks ago. I'd like to be practicing regularly without pain by August because I don't want to have to pull out of a chamber music workshop I've already put down a deposit for.
The Devil's Trill Sonata and the Beethoven concerto.
As far as solo rep goes, I'm working on the Bach G Minor Fugue, Paganini Caprice 14, the last movement of the Dvorak Concerto, and the second movement of the Shostakovich Sonata.
What I'm doing is reviewing about 600+ pages of scores preparing to conduct about two dozen concertos from Haydn, Mozart, Kabalevsky, Sarasate, Lalo, de Beriot, Viotti, Seitz, Vivaldi, etc. this Friday and Saturday. Lots of very hardworking young soloists, and a number who are having their first experience rehearsing with orchestra musicians each day.
I shall re-work some viola pieces so my pianist children will agree to play with me!
I am excited for everyone! Really nice to see all the rep that folks are working on as I tend to be lame and have one or two pieces not a host of rep, and nothing longer than 4-5 pages per my request.
Mostly waiting out my tendonitis, playing some weekend trios/duets but not too much to re injure. Can't wait to be able to practice again!
For the summer, I am in the initial "test-driving" stage of preparing my next faculty recital at my college. The focus this time will be East Europe; stuff like Bartok Romanian dances, Martinu Madrigals, Kreisler Gypsy Caprice, Enesco "the fiddler"... My Summer is punctuated every Saturday by Mariachi jobs.
I am also taking lessons. Current working on: selected Kreutzer Etudes,
In the summer I spend 5 days a week at the gf's house, and she refuses to have a musical instrument in it! This summer I may be working on ditching her!
Joel, oh that Enescu is something I MUST learn before I die.
I hadn't heard that Enescu work before! Awesome!
Lydia - it is a work of genius, the entire suite. Visually descriptive, and simply gorgeous.
All, - I originally wanted to do the Enescu Sonata #3(?) "Popular Romanian Style", but the piano part is a monster, no one locally wants to do it. Then I found, on youtube and petrucci of course, his "Impressions of Childhood" Suite. The opening is unaccompanied, so I can include it on the program. The suite is what I would call literally impressionistic, as if he were transcribing actual bird calls from the nightingale and the canary. The only other composer that I know of to try that approach would be Messian's Bird Catalog,
Yep, that's the third sonata (it's my favorite over #2). The Impressions d'Enfance was the piece of music that made me really want to return to playing. I have such fondness for that piece, it stirs such deep memories and holds a special place in my heart. I hope to do it justice one day.
My daughter is working on the Schumann cello concerto, Popper #2 and #17, and trying to settle on a Bach suite to learn start to finish.
Aside from painting/fixing the house and hopefully some R&R, I am focusing on improving intonation up and down the finger board this summer and the Accaulay concerto, so lots of slow scales in the forecast!
I'm coming to the opinion that my left thumb needs an adjustment in first through fourth position. 26 year bad habit? Groan.
Just started the summer with Mozart's Concerto 3. Will be doing all three movements and Ysaye's Cadenzas. Will also work on select movements from Bach's S+P as well as scales, posture, right hand, left hand, etc......
My teacher changed his mind about my rep this summer a few weeks ago. Initially, I was going to be spending the summer and fall learning the Mendelssohn concerto mvt. 1 and paganini moto perpetuo, but now he changed his mind. He wants me to learn Spohr 8 and Viotti 23, as well as moto perpetuo, and save Mendelssohn for later in the fall probably. Initially, I was rather put out by this, but after listening, I really like both these pieces, and I'm exited to get them ready in the coming time. I'm getting quite busy at the moment though, as he want's me to be performance ready with the Viotti just 4 weeks after starting! Oh and a bunch of Kreutzer too
I have loved reading what everyone else is going to be working on!
Galamian double stops; Bartok dances; Brahms sonata #1 and Mozart dissonance V2. The latter two for performance in August (the quartet is a semi-pro one so V2 is a challenge piece!
Working on for lessons, chiefly: Ysaye Sonata No 3 (Enesco), and Galamian Etudes (taking a break from Paganini, as Ysaye is challenge for me; never had much interest in these and suddenly developed compelling desire to play No. 3). Also trying to finish memorizing Bach A minor fugue, have been working on it off and on for 3 years. And dug out Wieniawski Polonaise in D for fall musicale which may or may not take place. Am enjoying revisiting it. Practice routine is same year round except no orchestra in summer.
I'm finally going to learn Flight of the Bumblebee. People ask you to play, but they only have a 60 second attention span, absolute max, so here's to the perfect party piece...
Suddenly the title of this thread reminded me of the old song, "The Things We Did Last Summer."
Been lurking for months; finally trying to post. Well see if it works.
After my final concert of the season this coming Saturday (it's Elgar's "The Music Makers" for choir and orchestra, not easy) I'm going have about 8 weeks free of orchestral responsibilities so have decided go baroque and work on one or two of Telemann's six violin sonatas Op 1. I'll decide which to choose next week.
I'm working on the Mendelssohn VC, and hope I can buckle down and finish up the 1st movement. Keep going on Rode caprices work on some Mozart sonatas in the meantime.
Scales... Wohlfahrt's 60's, more scales... Work on improving sound, more security in third postion intonation.
Morning: Schradieck Book 1, Scales, Shifting up to 3rd position
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