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  1. i went through so much hassle last night trying to find that name. :-, (David Rivinus!) thank you very much. *hugs to people* - M.
  2. years ago, i stumbled upon the website of a man who was redesigning the shape of the violin/viola. the result? the images on the page were of instruments that you almost couldn't believe actually existed - they looked like images of violins and violas that had been scanned into a computer and skewed into a parralellographical forms, with extra sound holes edited in. i can't seem to find that page again, but i'm very curious of the name... does anybody know it? (i believe it was "G..." but i may very well be mistaken, or perhaps that was the name of one of the styles of instruments...) thank you in advance! - M.
  3. Are there any advantages or disadvantages between a 1 piece back and a 2 piece back on an instrument?
  4. Though she's a very nice person and does have some good musical ideas, I have to slightly disagree with your opinion of her conducting, Patrick. I kind of find her 'circular conducting' a little difficult to follow at times. She hasn't been bad lately, but earlier in the year, certain days were horrible. I think the real experience of the year was getting to work with Daniel Harding. (He was amazing - I loved his interpretations, his energy, his maturity and ability to take full reign of the orchestra without having to be 'mean'. By simply having a strong mutual respect between conductor and musician (even though we were just a youth orchestra) he was able to take strong and immediate leadership to draw the best out from each of us. Imagine being him: he's so young but has experienced so much; his entire life must be on fast-forward. I think we played an amazing concert series this year, and I wish I had auditioned for this orchestra sooner (but I'm off to university next year. I don't know where, yet.) I would love to be around to experience Sir Andrew Davis. I've been told he can accoustically centre out a single violinist if they make a mistake, and he'll just look at you - and you know! It's been a wonderful year with a fantastic repertoire, great coaches, and amazing people. I'm glad I thought I'd take the chance and try out, and I'm extremely appreciative to the YDP and Mr. Blackman for trusting me despite my horrible audition! It was an incredible experience. Bittersweet, Gamina.
  5. Who here is in a youth orchestra, and what major pieces have you approached within the past few years? There seem to be trends in the musical selections, for example: this year, my youth symphony has played Shostakovich 5, and Hindemith's, Symphonic Metamorphosis - but I distinctly remember another post where someone said they were playing the same combination this year. (And no, they're not in the same orchestra. ) Just from the past year, I also can quickly name at least two orchestra's who played Mahler 1 last season. It's strange to see the overlap. (Is it all part of the conductors' secret plot to take over the world?! No! We must stop them!!) (Anyway, the world is mine! ALLL mine!! Mwahaha!!!) Does anyone have any predictions for next season? Curious and Sleepy, Sincerly, Gamina. [This message has been edited by Gamina (edited 04-05-2002).]
  6. "him," being the Taft Strad. (I'm sorry! I just had to brag!) Gamina.
  7. quote: Originally posted by Violonetoile16: I can't pass this up without mentioning my youth symphony, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. We had an amazing performance of Shostakovich's 5th symphony last weekend, a symphony which many youth symphonies could not pull off. We're doing Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis for our next concert...I can't wait! Anyway, just had to throw that in. Thanks! Wow. That's REALLY weird. My youth orchestra (Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra) just played Shost 5 last term, and are currently revving up the Symphonic Metamorphosis. Odd. How many other youth orchestra's also played Mahler 1 last year? (I can name two local ones right off the bat.) Gamina.
  8. odd - i usually just get out the word processor, make rows of underscores ("_") and start copying and pasting.
  9. I had a dream / nightmare that I had left my dear Mr. Schweitzer (my violin,) on the bus! I spent what felt like weeks of uncertanty pestering the central station and riding every single city bus, searching my lost love. By the end of the dream, my long trek had somehow reasoned and brought me to join a cult, where at long last, the leader handed me an instrument, and looking down, I realised that I was finally reunited with my violin. I wonder what the Freudian vs. Jungian interpretations of that dream would be... Ponderously, Gamina.
  10. I posted to the other thread, re: teenagers, but I guess I'm special enough to count under both. (I'm sorry to say, Fiddlechick, that I've never heard of Orangeville Fiddle Camp, but as for details about myself...) I'm 18 in Burlington, ON. I mainly play the violin, I'm classically trained, though lately, have been exploring fiddle stuff. I do a bit of viola, a touch of flute, oboe, piano... :-, and that's all I can think of for now. Best of luck finding the information you want! Sincerly, Gamina.
  11. *grins and raises a hand proudly*
  12. My violin is named "Mr. Schweitzer." Originally, it was meant only as a working title in progress (derived from the name of the maker) but the name stuck, evolving in it's own fashion. It now more refers to Mr. Albert Schweitzer, the great idealist thinker. My viola's name has been something similar. Every time I spend time a friend (as I don't see him often,) he inspires me to play viola, (this friend being a violist himself.) I promised him my viola's middle name would be after him, "Brodie." Since then, I haven't been able to come up with a first and/or last name for my dear instrument, and so, just like the situation with my violin, the name "Brodie" has remained. :-) All the best, Gamina.
  13. Hiya. I'm 18, in OAC, in Burlington, ON (just outside of Hamilton.) I'm classically trained, but lately, I've been looking into a lot of fiddle music. Does anyone besides Paganiniboy live nearby? Sincerly, Gamina.
  14. Candles? (That's just what I get anybody that I don't know what to get for. It doesn't neccessarily have to be musically themed - though you can find some decorated / formed in neat music-oriented fashions.) Best of luck, Gamina.
  15. Could someone describe to me what a "Russian Bow Hold" would look like?
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