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  1. does a pretty good job of it.
  2. good to see you back, Grey. Hope you're recovering nicely & all the best with getting back into playing. What's new in violining since 1995? Well I'd definitely suggest that you check out Simon Fischer's books 'Basics' & 'Practice' ... he's about to publish a third one too. Maybe also get yourself signed up at ViolinMasterClass.com .....lotsa useful stuff there. ps- check yer inbox
  3. I was going to say the same thing. isn't guitar, but I do love it.
  4. the print is less than ideal, but Paganini's op.2a and op.3 sonatas for violin & guitar are both available at IMSLP for free
  5. there's some Sevcik available at IMSLP. Start there.
  6. tc


    I read Violin Dreams a little while ago. I liked it but I think I prefer 'Indivisble by Four', which I intend to re-read soon. I also bought & have yet to read 2 of David Blum's other books: 'Quintet: Five Journeys Towards Musical Fulfillment' and 'The Art of Quartet Playing: The Guarneri Quartet' I also started the highly recommended Rostropovich biography by Elizabeth Wilson.. hope to get back to it one of these days... ... and just to clarify for folks who may not be aware, there are (at least) 2 books called 'Soloist' which involve cellists. The older one by Mark Salzman and the more recent one by Steve Lopez about the Juilliard trained musician who was schizophrenic & ended up on the streets. The Lopez book has just been made into a movie.
  7. yes, that's definitely him. He's looked like that for a while now.... as far as I know he's only suffered from fine-living rather than illness .
  8. Zach De Pue is one of the players featured in a documentary on Philly, mentioned in another thread here (by me).
  9. tc


    I was going to mention that too, and the 'interview' that I saw was part of the absoulutely fabulous documentary on the Philadelphia Orchestra, 'Music From the Inside Out'. I saw it at a film festival & then bought the DVD. It would make a fabulous holiday gift for classical music appreciators. Incidentally Zach De Pue- the violinist in 'Time for Three' mentioned in another thread- is also featured in this movie along with his brother.
  10. I'd agree with the Leclair & add that some of the Haydn & Bruni duets are also very nice
  11. Some teachers have a policy for this. The lesson is partially charged if it's cancelled with less than x hours notice, fully charged in the case of a no-show..
  12. Amanda mentioned it too, but the Rebecca Clarke viola sonata should definitely be added.
  13. would folks say that the solo viola part of Berlioz's Harold in Italy is substantial enough to be considered a concerto? The score does specify that the soloist is to stand in front of the orchestra
  14. I do love SMP for their prices, but their catalog info can be woefully incomplete.
  15. Recommendations don't amount to much unless they're coming from someone who's familiar with the instrument in question or at least the brand of string currently being used. One of my local shops has boxes of strings for people to try the different brands & figure out which works best on their instrument. If you're lucky enough to be located near a luthier, ask about that. Otherwise ask fellow violinists about string swapping. IUStrings definitely has very low prices, but the selection is very limited: Evah Pirazzi, Obligato & Vision for violin.
  16. this was actually written by Henri Casadesus in the style of Handel
  17. I’ve come across mention that orchestral players in Britain are very good sight-readers because their rehearsal time tends to minimal. One of the best sight-readers I know played a concert with an orchestra that came to town just for a fund-raiser concert, so she was sight-reading during the performance. I’ve gone in as a ringer for another traveling community orchestra & played the same-day dress & concert. Incidentally I was sitting with that same friend & she did a heck of a lot better than I could ever hope to do. To me, being a good sight-reader is sort of a step beyond being a good music reader in general & I would suggest that it’s your music reading skills that are being tested during the sight-reading part of an audition. Supposing someone locks themselves away & spends a gazillion hours into preparing the assigned material and plays a stellar audition. Someone suitable for orchestral playing needs to be able to assimilate & interpret a large volume of music in a relatively short, often less than ideal, period of time. It’s hard to assess that up front, but I think sight-reading is a good start. I do a lot of amateur chamber music. This is a fairly recent development (the last decade or so) and the more I got into it the more it became obvious how valuable tool good sight-reading skills are, so I incorporated sight-reading into my practice routine. Upon further analysis however, I realized that it wasn’t always unfamiliar music that would trip me up, it had more to do with not being prepared for what was coming, so this shifted the focus (quite literally) of this particular improvement goal. To me getting into the habit of reading ahead is the single most important component of sight-reading & music-reading in general.
  18. www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/arts/story.html?id=4a16eb42-b58e-4dda-9527-8e5a59f020c8 Caught On Tape - Amanda Forsyth Hits A Sour Note Forsyth video yanked from YouTube BY STEVEN MAZEY For a few days at least, National Arts Centre Orchestra principal cellist Amanda Forsyth was a hit with visitors to the popular website YouTube.com, thanks to a video of a Chicago performance that was viewed by more than 4,000 people before it was removed from the site late this week "for copyright reasons." The five-minute clip showed a musical mixup between Forsyth and the Highland Park Strings, a community orchestra. The concert, from Feb. 5, was recorded for a cable television channel. The clip showed Forsyth as soloist in Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor with the orchestra and conductor Francis Akos, former assistant concertmaster with the Chicago Symphony. At some point, Forsyth and the orchestra were no longer together, and the music came to a stop. Professional orchestra musicians who watched the clip say Forsyth, who was playing the piece from memory, skipped ahead several bars in the music. Veteran musicians say this kind of thing can happen in live performances, and soloists try to get things back on track as quickly as possible, jumping back in at an appropriate moment. What left some professional musicians unimpressed was the behaviour of Forsyth, who is married to NACO director Pinchas Zukerman. After the performance came to a halt, Forsyth was seen in the clip leaving her chair to talk to the conductor. After flipping through the pages of the score with the maestro, Forsyth returned to her seat. As the piece resumed, she rolled her eyes and looked unhappy as she played in what some musicians describe as an overly aggressive style. A discussion thread at YouTube about the video was also removed late Thursday or early yesterday, but chats among classical music fans about the incident are still up on at least two other websites (www.violinist.com/discussion/response.cfm?ID=9270), and (p078.ezboard.com/fcellofuncellochat.showMessage?topicID=15681.to pic). The majority opinion seems to be that regardless of whose fault it was, her behaviour was uncalled for. Stephanie Ettelson, a spokeswoman for the Highland Park Strings, said yesterday she didn't know how the clip ended up on YouTube, and she said no one from the orchestra would comment. Forsyth was in Seattle yesterday for a performance by Zukerman, and could not be reached for comment. Efforts to get comment from YouTube were also unsuccessful. Before it was removed, the clip made the rounds of Ottawa's music community. When contacted by the Citizen, Walter Prystawski, who retired as NACO concertmaster last June after 37 years with the NACO, said he had seen the clip and was disappointed. "Amanda made a painful and embarrassing mistake in the performance. Knowing her age and experience, I would have hoped for a more graceful and professional recovery," he said yesterday. Prystawski said he could recall no guest soloist with the NACO ever behaving in the same way after a mixup. While mistakes can happen, he said, "it's very laid back. Nobody says anything. You decide where you're going to pick it up. A professional player acts as if nothing has happened. The more you draw attention to something, the worse the impression that's left with the audience." The concert in Chicago happened while Forsyth was on paid sick leave from NACO. Forsyth missed most of last season's NACO concerts, and was away from the NAC while Zukerman was on his controversial five-month sabbatical. Forsyth has returned to the orchestra this season. The NAC has hired professional facilitators to improve a strained relationship between Zukerman and many orchestra musicians. In recent years, Forsyth has performed more often as a soloist with the NACO than any other principal player in the orchestra. She is scheduled to perform Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 Feb. 8 and 9, with Zukerman conducting. While on sick leave last season, Forsyth performed several other concerts, including a chamber music tour with Zukerman and a concerto appearance with the Saskatoon Symphony. Christopher Deacon, the orchestra's managing director, said last season that musicians who are on sick leave are sometimes permitted to perform elsewhere, depending on circumstances. Forsyth and Zukerman will be performing in Bulgaria next week and will miss two major Hungarian-themed concerts by NACO on Wednesday and Thursday.
  19. someone posted this a while back: "does no-one realise Windows Media Player has been able to do this for at least 2 years?! Just scroll to play speed settings at the bottom of the now-playing screen.... yes the pitch remains the same as well, you can slow it down to 1/16th of its original speed or up to 16x faster..."
  20. my cellist friend has a place in the south of France. He travels a lot for business & can occasionally nip over to his cottage during his business trips, plus he spends at least a coule of weeks there throughout the year. Between the bugs, the temperature & the humidity, he wouldn't have dreamed of leaving a wooden cello there but now he has bought a Luis & Clark that he can leave at his cottage so he can play whenever he's there.
  21. Luck's Music Library (located in Detroit ) sells orchestral parts. I've bought the first violin part for several of my favorite piece from them: Beethoven Romances
  22. Yep, Novacek would've been my guess too.
  23. I was thinking of getting this for helping to strengthen my right hand http://www.catspaw.com/
  24. I bought the Mahler & Bruckner CD & while I haven't had a chance to print out a page yet, I did print out the test page at the site (http://www.orchmusiclibrary.com). I would not use the print-outs as a stand copy for performance unless I had no other alternative.... but for me, having all of the Mahler & Bruckner symphonies on one CD was certainly worth the $20. I also wanted to clarify that they're not orchestral excerpts, they're the entire piece... and in the case of the violin CD's it's both violin 1 & 2 parts.
  25. www.practicespot.com
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