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  1. I have several friends attending the symposium Fiddle. I'll ask them to behave, lol! In Great Britain there is an annual dinner hosted by the Royal Academy of Ophthalmologists (I think that's the name) called the "Eye Ball" (it's true!).
  2. This is an area that I have LOTS of experience (as you can tell from my sign-in name). There is not a "most difficult" choral piece. It's all relative to the ability of the group singing. All the pieces suggested above are impossible for some groups, difficult for others and "all in a days work" for others. So I will emphasize a different aspect for degrees of choral difficulty. Unison singing - I find this THE most difficult task at any choral level. At the Master Choral level blend is extremly difficult as all the singers are highly trained with unique tonal qualities. It takes a HUGE amount of listening to blend the sound like "one voice." At the beginning levels the emphasis is matching vowel sounds. Personal speach patterns are a major culprit. Untrained singers sing words just as they speak them. Trained singers learned how to pronouce words while singing almost like learning sung English as a second language. Some of the best unison signing comes from monks doing Gregorian chant. Difficult intervals - The hardest to hit are descending 4ths and 5ths. Try this for yourself, sing assending intervals then reverse the patterns. These intervals humble the best of choirs. Another thread could be difficult composers to sing, Beethoven comes to mind.... but that's another topic, lol.
  3. This is an amazing Thread. I got reaquainted with many people and met many new ones. I have a Gliga and love the tone, but don't like the red colour. I think it was made after the movie The Red Violin. I didn't want to buy it because of the looks and left the shop, but returned and bought it. I have a Brazilian bow marked Lozer, which is really incredible.
  4. I played my violin last night for the first time in a year. We lost 2 nephews on 9/11, one in the WTC and the other in the Pentagon. The lives of the entire family will never be the same is putting it mildly. But not it's time to start playing and taking lessons again. I look forward to getting re-aquainted with all of you here again. Tenor1
  5. Hello Nemesis, I haven't been here in over a year. I haven't played this piece in many years and you bring back fond memories. When I studied Liszt the thought was the pieces were not all that great but more of a technique builder. I'm glad those thoughts are changed now. Try some of the other Rapsodies, like 9 or 11, both are fantastic to perform. I can't compare the Liszt to the piece you mention because I'm not at the voilin level to know, lol.
  6. Just reread your post and noticed DS is having a first birthday! Wow, I've been here for over a year now and remember reading your early posts. Congratulations to you! Tenor1
  7. Hello Laurel, I went through this training method (but my main instrument is piano). It is a good systematic approach in dealing with different learning abilities of students. The training is good but not my preference and that is just me personally. Personally, I don't think a person needs to use one prescribed method. Exposure to various teaching techniques is important but settle in with your own style. Good luck, Tenor1
  8. Aaron, I agree with Anfrale. Honour your aunt and dress up! She would greatly appreciate the effort and she's the one that really counts, not strangers who could care less. I difinately wear your favourite shoes. New Yorkers wear a lot of black, but that doesn't mean you must also. Have a great time. T1
  9. Thanks Crystal for the information on Greta. Her family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I want to add my thoughts to all these and hope that ALL the names remembered are well and healthy. Does anyone know of Theresa? I really miss her posts and writing style.
  10. I doubt that your parents are stingy, ha, ha!Just wait and oneday you will be on the OTHER END. You go off to college soon don't you? Let me know some of your plans. Take care
  11. Hi Aaron, Don't use the WD40, it causes problems in the long run. A technician needs to address the problem for the long-term fix. The mechanism must be taken apart. If you are willing to attempt this call your tuner and he or she may tell you how to accomplish this. One technician charged me $100 to fix a squeak and the next morning it still squeaked. She came back and had the nerve to say she tried a quick-fix then proceeded to do the job correctly. But it only lasted a few months. I changed technicians and the new one fixed it while tunning the piano at NO CHARGE and it remains quiet. Good luck, that squeak drove me crazy and I know it's doing the same to you! [This message has been edited by Tenor1 (edited 01-28-2002).]
  12. Good luck with the audition Aaron, I haven't been around for a while here. Your choice of music ministry is very inspiring. I am actively involved with the Music Ministry at my church. I would suggest learning organ as this is much needed in many churchs.
  13. I'm with Tropicalfruitmom and accompany more than work on solo stuff. Although I will be doing a two-piano piece with a friend called Saramouche. I played this years ago though so it may not count. The vocal stuff I'm currently accompanying is by Richard Strauss and Brahms.
  14. Hi Muon, Interesting from my propsective I suppose. I would dare to guess that my personal family background is more cosmopolitan than most board members, since most family members speak Chinese, French, Italian, German and English. I was born in Macau and raised in Switzerland. Accents are something that I am extremly accustomed to. Generally, we correct family members pronunciation of names, using the native country of the person. I have extended family members in every Western European country and many Eastern ones also, plus Africa, South America and India. My family was in China for 400 hundred years with the Portugeese settling there in the 1600's. Of course there was intermarriage with the local Chinese during that time but also with many European settlers. It is a very unique melting pot. My family left Shanghai when the Communists took over China in @1946 and when to Macau where I was born. I am one of four siblings and we each speak with a slightly different English accent but our French is purely Parisian since that was my mothers educated language from Shanghai. My Russian is the most rusty since the death of my Russian grandmother. But I can still pronouce the names enough to tutor choirs in Russian. Well, I didn't mean to bore you with all that, but wanted to share why I think this topic is interesting to me.
  15. This is really interesting! I've really never thought about all the possible pronunciations before this. Grumiaux = Grew-Me-Oh Iupviolin is correct for Ysaye Losefowicz has a couple of variations, depending on where you are from, here goes Low-Saw-Fa-Witz and another Lo-Sa-Fo-Witz, pronounced evenly similar to Indian multisylable names Le Streghe = La Stre'-He I Palpiti - E-Pal-Pee-Tee Nel cor piu non mi sento = Neal-Cour-Peu-Non-Mee-Sento, that probably wasn't much help!
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