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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?
  16. Adoration! Aww! That's a beautiful piece, and so much fun. It's one of those things that as soon as you know it, it just comes back and back to you. A piece that just glides off your instrument... hehe. I had fun with it. Best of luck, Gamina.
  17. Hi! I'm about 5'4, and I'm on a 16" viola. When looking for an instrument, my teacher went as far to press me to try a 16'n'1/2" viola to see if I could handle it. In general, the larger the instrument, the fuller the sound (although, the quality also makes a huge difference, but with our price range at the time, size was of fair consideration.) My best advice to you and your son is to get whatever size he can handle comfortably - remember, there's always trading up, as instruments kept in good upkeep do not depreciate like cars and other investments. Take care, Gamina.
  18. The younger brother of a friend of mine plays the violin, and I've often been over to his house while he is practising. Everytime I hear him practising, at the same time, you will always hear his mother barking out orders and commentary. ...THAT WAS FLAT!...YOU'RE NOT EXPRESSIVE ENOUGH HERE... NO, NO, NO. WHAT ARE YOU DOING? GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN...YOU'RE SHARP!... etc, etc, etc. It must drive this kid insane! A part of practising is just having the opportunity to simply love the instrument, but another part is also learning HOW to practise, how to listen to yourself, and how to evaluate and your own playing. I don't know how he endures it, but when I mentioned it to the older brother, my friend, he replies with, "Well, he was the one who chose to play the violin." (Likely, even if I did cry out for the poor kid, his mother would have no better reaction, and instead, boot me out of the house.) My parents, on the other hand, didn't know a thing about music, only that they were spending lots of money on my lessons, so I'd better practise. They just pushed and yelled, forcing me to practise - when most of the time, the stuff I was doing wasn't accomplishing anything, just enough to appease them so they wouldn't yell at me. Gamina.
  19. Dearest MrWoof, Jason Fruit, vieuxtemps and Paganiniboy, Thank you very much for all your kind words. I guess I've been in a bit of a down lately overall, and, as I said before: the stress of university applications doesn't help much either. :-, I guess all we can do at these times is just plow through, see how I do, and I should actually follow through with how I've been considering to at least *try* a different teacher. Well! I'm going to a concert tonight: the Verbier Youth Orchestra (I think they're called. Are you going tonight, Patrick?) It's a black tie event, and they're supposed to be VERY good. Perhaps I'll be inspired! All the best, and, once again, thank you. Sincerly, Gamina.
  20. Perhaps it is because of the added stress of university applications being due within the next week, but at the moment, I feel very disheartened and inadequate about m playing. Particularly when I compare myself to other players in the same age category, I know I come up short and think I have been a disappointment to teachers and coaches. I know I shouldn't feel too off put, considering I am in what has been rated as one of the top five youth orchestras in the country, but generally speaking - I can't help but compare myself to others around me and never quite reach the standard. I have always been told by those around me that I'm very musical (though I don't see where they get this from) however, despite this 'musicality' they claim I have, I have never had the discipline, nor the right teacher that seems appropriate to my specific needs. However, now that I have really recognised that, I am already so far behind others of my age category, and it seems almost too late to catch up. (I don't mean to belittle any players who have started later in life.) Oftem times, I'm almost ashamed to play for others, afriad I'll reveal where I actually stand beside them. Similarly, now that I have access to a market of teachers in Toronto, I'm ashamed to reveal my actual repetoire and skill level, as if I may be wasting their time and effort for my even being there. Any advice? Sincerly, Gamina.
  21. I've played the first caprice, and skimmed through most of the others. The first one is short, and the notes aren't very difficult, but it's a nice and kinda showy piece that you can really do a lot with. Jasper Wood takes a lot of liberties with it, but they're all so much fun! Gamina.
  22. When I saw this post, I reacted quite excitedly thinking, "I have that recording! And I have that book!" The CD is entitled "13 Canadian Caprices." I purchased my copy after seeing him in concert. Though I don't remember the studio, the CD is availible through the Canadian Music Centre, CMC (www.centremusique.ca) - both Wood and the composer, Sophie Eckhardt-Grammatte being Canadian. (Yay Canada!) I fell in love with this the first time I heard it! The music, is availible through Brandon University (I tried to get it through the Royal Conservatory of Music Bookstore, but they recommended I request direct from Brandon,) and including shipping and handling, was only about CAN$15, I think. The piece is not availible on it's own, but infact comes in a book of several caprices by the same composer. The book is "10 Caprices for Solo Violin" or something of the sort - they're all amazing - and of course, the composer is "Sophie Eckhardt-Gramatte." Have fun! Gamina.
  23. (Today is the first time I felt this - and it might be nothing and gone tomorrow - but it has me concerned enough to ask.) When I move my hands in certain positions (more my right, than left), I get a darting sensation starting at the wrist, then shooting a few inches up my arm. It's not quite 'pain,' but it is enough to make me wonder, "there might be something wrong here..." Yesterday, I practised strait for seven hours after months of only having time for 2-3 hours a week - therefore, I'm quite out of shape. I'd just got my hands on the Paganini Caprices and re-discovered my Bach Sonatas and Partitas book, hence, I didn't realise what time it was until I'd put down my violin at 2am. Due to the long work out, today my neck and shoulders have been sore - it was worth it, though. However, if this extensive session triggered a repetitive strain injury, than I strongly regret it, but have no one to blame but myself. (I should have known better; I should have forced myself to take some kind of break, or at least stopped a moment to stretch every once in a while.) Is this a repetitive strain injury? Is there anything I can do for it now? How could one prevent it from flaring up in the future? Thank you for your replies in advance, Sincerly, Gamina.
  24. And there were concerns that today's technology isn't advanced enough to defend us against certain covert terrorist attacks!
  25. Music is one of those rare, bizzare ways that opens you up to the rest of the world. This is one of the reasons why I get so nervous when I play a solo part and I know everyone is paying attention to specifically me - and this is also why you can get such a sense of comraderie and friendship with people whom you've never spoken to, but only played with. It's not just a delusion or exaggeration from literature, but it is true that when you sing or play a musical instrument, you bear your soul. What is the most important thing for me is the feeling of connection with your fellow performers and your audience. (Come to think of it, this probably isn't exactly the kind of answer you were asking for, but, it's what came into my mind. :-, ) All the best, Gamina.
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