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  1. I have great admiration for your daughter for having the guts to stand up to the class once again and issue another challenge. All the best to her. On another note, MUST there be chair challenges? Shouldn't there be regular auditions to reshuffle and restock the band? The challenge thing sounds like some medieval joust-for-the-hand-of-fair-Meredith sort of affair. If your daughter is not being given the place in the band that she deserves, you could perhaps try speaking to the person in charge of assigning chairs, and if that person is uncooperative, you could give a formal complaint to the principal. In that way, no student would be subject to the highly stressful prospect of having her/his peers laughing at her/him.
  2. Bugs Bunny cartoons use a lot of classical music - most notably: Rossini - Barber of Seville (Overture and Largo al factotum) Rossini - William Tell Overture Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries From Tom and Jerry cartoons: Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (brilliantly animated) Bizet - Carmen Two other pieces that I do not remember, one in which Tom is the conductor of an orchestra and the other in which Tom and Jerry go ice-skating in the kitchen. I'm sure there are many many more, but these are all I can think of at the moment.
  3. In reply to: When we got together for our first rehearsal with orchestra, being silly college students, when the orchestra conductor gave us our cue, we all sang out with "Sex - Sex tremendous!" Lol! That must have been a"rousing" performance. Keep it up!
  4. Lwl was a sincere and helpful poster who was always ready to answer in detail any question about violin playing that might be put to her. I too hope she returns to the forum.
  5. What are the things that make certain choral pieces difficult as compared to others? Though I know little of choral music, my guesses would be: 1) 'High-jumps' or widely spaced notes. 2) Unusual chords (Do vocalists feel some sort of 'mental block' when they are performing excessively atonal music?) 3) Complicated rhythms. 4) Very high or very low notes. 5) Long and sustained notes. I'm sure there're more...
  6. I believe this topic has never been discussed on the forum. What are the most challenging choral pieces ever composed?
  7. Lol! That sounds like one interesting rehearsal session. Btw, how difficult is the Requiem on a scale of one to ten? Though I myself have very little technical knowledge of choral music, I would estimate it to be pretty difficult, since the Kyrie and Dies Irae seem complex enough to come apart at the seams if handled less than expertly.
  8. Thanks for replying. I too am confused as to whether the soloist is a high tenor or an alto. Somehow, I can visualise either of the two singing that part.
  9. The Mozart Requiem is one of the most moving pieces I've heard in my entire life. I have a small question regarding it. In the Tuba Mirum, the first vocalist is obviously a baritone. The second vocalist starts singing at about one minute into the movement and is backed by repeated staccato quavers in the strings for the first few bars. What is the gender of this second singer? I know this sounds like an asinine question, but each time I hear the piece, I wonder if it's a male voice or female, and there's no-one nearby who can solve this doubt for me.
  10. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. And you have made a wonderful decision by returning to the violin. Music is one of the most emotional things in the world and has always been a source of great support to those in grief.
  11. Oh there's nothing wrong with Chopin although there is a distinct chance that he might be distressed by your great love for him. Btw, I'm not greatly surprised at your being in awe of yourself since it's quite unlikely that anyone else ever will.
  12. I need some aesthetic photographs of the violin to use in some presentation I'll be making. I've tried looking online but the only pictures I could find were very analytical front/back photographs of Strads and the like. Could anyone give me a URL where I could find more artistic ones?
  13. Thanx aamtnbike for replying. I agree with you. It does seem quite pointless to shift around in that fashion when 1st position would do just as well. Of course, I'm still open to anyone else who might have a logical reason as to why that weird manner of fingering should be used.
  14. I have a score of Dvorak's Humoreske printed by 'Amsco Publications'. The fingerings are confusing at points. I wonder if anyone could help me with them. After the first section repeat, there comes the 'poco piu mosso' section, the first bar of which has the notes B-B(octave)-A-A-G. Here, the fingerings given say that the first note B is to be played by the 1st finger. The next note B(octave) is to be played by the 2nd finger and the third note A is to be played by the 3rd finger. They haven't mentioned the strings that should be used. What positions should I use to play these three notes?
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