Was there one piece of music which inspired you to learn the violin ?
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Was there one piece of music which inspired you to learn the violin ? How long did it take you to get to that level and did you still want to play that music once you did ?
First time hearing Kavakos live back in 2004 and the encore was Paganini Caprice no.1
The pinnacle of violinistic achievement at my middle school-- the Accolay.
Our middle school band teacher was also a violinist and local violin teacher. He was not a virtuoso by any description, but he was a nice guy and meant well. He used to go to the elementary schools and play a demonstration of the violin -- usually a simple piece like "Hearts and Flowers." And then he'd ask for a show of hands from any child who would like to learn to play the violin, and many hands would be raised. From this exercise he would score a few students a year typically. Nowadays that would be impossible because one would say he had unfair access as an employee of the school system, but the fact is that he was pretty much the only violin teacher in town. My parents had to drive 25 minutes back and forth to my lesson four suburbs away -- that was considered a long drive in those days. I wish they had looked for a Suzuki teacher with a group class. I would have done much better, I believe. But my guess is that Suzuki teachers were few and far-between in suburban Detroit in 1970.
The critical piece that kept me in lessons that lead to playing in a community, orchestra, studying more and eventually passing along my knowledge was "Vocalise."
Was there one piece of music which inspired me to learn the violin? No.
Paul, You're probably right about Suzuki availability but the method began in the Okemos public schools in 1966. I was a member of that first class.
For me it was a movie with a gloomy British violinist as one of the protagonists. I forget the title.
For me, there were 3 pieces that initially inspired me to learn the violin as a little boy - the violin concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. It took me months of begging my parents to let me take violin lessons, but they eventually (and gladly) relented. (I was about 9 years old). I never became a professional or advanced enough to work on any of those 3 pieces, but I never regretted learning the violin, and never lost my love for the music.
No single piece at the beginning level. But during the intermediate learning years what stands out the most in the memory was a live performance of the Prokofiev Concerto #2, played by Ricci. My dad then checked it out at the library. I was mystified. I didn't get past the first phrase.
My father was an amateur violinist who practiced every evening after returning home from work, so I heard violin playing essentially from birth. For my 4th birthday his father (my paternal grandfather) gave my a violin as a present. I started to "play" it immediately and after about 6 months my parents asked me if I wanted violin lessons and I answered "yes" immediately. So that's how it started - obviously my mother needed some aural relief!
Mozart's Rondo in G Major arranged by Fritz Kreisler and Tchaikovsky's Valse from his Serenade for Strings arranged by Leopold Auer, both recorded by Jascha Heifetz. These pieces, along with Heifetz's recording of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, changed my life.
The Walton viola concerto, which I heard in a concert when I was in 8th grade; that was also the first time I ever saw or heard string instruments in person. Yes, I started learning the violin because I wanted to play the viola! I was able to get an old, long-unplayed violin for free through extended family, then switched to viola in college when I was able to get a viola on loan. I was motivated enough that, after being rejected by multiple teachers because I was "too old" in my teens, I taught myself for the first 16 years I played.
No, but one violinist, Menuhin.
Was there a piece that motivated me to start learning the violin? No. I started learning violin when I was 6, and my parents decided to make me learn the violin. I wanted to learn the piano instead when I was a kid. I was really inspired by Tchaikovsky's 1st piano concerto when I heard it as a kid - being able to perform it is still a goal I hope to achieve in my life.
Andrew Hsieh - sorry to hear about your shoulder injury. I'm in a similar predicament, having torn a tendon. I'm having physio to strengthen muscles but it seems that only surgery will repair a tendon.
A short, lovely, anonymous violin solo on an LP of Haendel Organ concertos.
I didn't think there was a piece: -
I play the viola not the violin.
Hmm, tempting though it could be to interpret my son as music who inspired me to take up the instrument, it's more appropriate to say that the seeds go farther back - starting from a school non-string music program that taught me to appreciate classical music, to the finding that I would often most appreciate the solo violin voice in recordings one would often come across - Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Prokofiev in particular to my memory, but also including the Handel Sonata à Cinque and others, once I'd noticed this.
Okemos, there's a place I haven't heard about in a long time. Next to East Lansing. When I attended Blue Lake my cabin-mate was from Okemos. Super nice guy. He's the only person I've ever met from there.
Saent Saens Rondò capriccioso
For me, no! I could never find out, why I really began, possibly my parents made me to and don't want to confess that.
This won't be a surprise - Biber's Passagalia was one of the 2 things that inspired me to return to the violin in November, 2018 after a 45 year hiatus.
Donkey Doodle by William Kroll
There is no piece that made me start playing violin as I learned it as a child. There was a piece/person that kept me playing as a student: Alex Depue. It was this video https://youtu.be/c5h-Mt3Uw-s
Bach double concerto in Dm and Bach concerto in E. Recordings by Yehudi Menuhin.
I started on piano as a kid, but I knew what a violin was because violin players used to visit us and play with my mother on the piano. Now and then my parents asked me what about playing the violin?
I started playing violin at age 6, but about age 9 I watched this on VCD (remember those??) with my father and knew that I had to become a violinist. I remember being completely in awe of Perlman's effortless right hand, and how he happy he looked when playing. Back then I also called him 'Humpty Dumpty' lol... anyway this piece thus became something of a 'grail' piece for me, and I didn't attempt to play it until age 22.
Wow! Thanks for posting Perlman's Valse Scherzo video, James. His sautille is just about the best example of someone executing the stroke with the right hand fingers that I've ever seen.
Paul, I often wish we could have stayed in Okemos. Miss Kesler recently retired there. It was the only place I lived where I didn't stand out in school because there most of my classmates were children of university professors. There was no bullying at all there.
Beethoven spring sonata and Franck sonata
I saw Ruggiero Ricci on BBC2 TV in the early 1970s playing the Paganini caprices, and I was instantly hooked. Nowadays, for “exercise” I occasionally play through the easier parts of the caprices, but that is the only way in which the original inspiration lingers on.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!!
actually I never got good enough to play it, but my customers all can!
I first started getting more serious about playing violin after my older sister had suggested I look into Tartini's Devil's Trill sonata. I was kind of languishing and getting bored in the Suzuki books, and my teacher wasn't particularly helpful in pushing me. It was a challenge for me at the time but not at all insurmountable, and I thought to myself "Wow I can actually maybe play cool pieces with deliberate practice!" which is a seriously powerful motivator for a young person who doesn't have a ton of external pressure on them.
I'm actually a keyboard player, my dream piece was Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ, as a young teenager I got the piano transcription and managed to play it on piano, it was the start of a long love affair with Bach's music, my favourite is to play Bach's French Suites on clavichords I built.
I was in Rome near the vatican and A violinist busker was playing hallelujah.
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