Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Second rehearsal

Another good rehearsal this evening. There were five first violinists, five seconds, two thirds, two violists, and three cellists in attendance for a total of 17 players plus conductor. We spent a good bit of time in the beginning tuning up and getting organized; I think as we go along we'll get better at getting ready to play, although it's nice that we're such a friendly bunch that do love a chat! Alison handed out selections from Corelli's Christmas Concerto: 'Vivace', 'Allegro', and 'Pastorale', and there are plans for two violin solos. We didn't play any of that tonight, but do look at it for next time. MIDI files for this piece can be found at the website printed at the bottom, www.virtualsheetmusic.com .

We spent most of the evening on Corelli's 'Vivace' in C major, starting with rhythm exercises that matched most of the trickier rhythms in the piece, trading around rhythm patterns among sections. The second half has lots of counterpoint in it and needs more work than the first half; we'll concentrate on that half next time.

In the last ten minutes or so, we read through Schubert's Menuetto and Trio in C major, which we didn't attempt last time. It's sounding pretty good without any large stumbling blocks.

Musical term of the day: Hemiola, where three bars of music in 3/4 time contain 3 half notes (the middle one written as two tied quarters). Corelli's Vivace contains several. Brahms was also famous for them. More info can be found at Wikipedia.

Next rehearsal date and time, to be announced! If you haven't indicated your preference of day of the week to Anne via email or Margie via yellow-ticky-sheet, please email either and let them know when you can meet. And, if you haven't paid Margie, please do so at the next rehearsal.

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All for now!


Anonymous said...

Youtube has a lovely quartet playing the Coreli

Anonymous said...

Here's the Youtube sight Heather

YouTube - Concerto Grosso, Opus 6 No. 8 by Arcangelo Corelli
Concerto Grosso, Opus 6 No. 8 byArcangelo Corelli performed by SeraphinaI.Vivace ... Concerto Grosso, Opus 6 No. 8 by. Arcangelo Corelli performed by Seraphina ...www.youtube.com/?v=zwj_0n9hOe0

Not sure this is how the tech side of it works.

Anonymous said...

It's the last bit, between the www and the code number, that's the pointer to the video. Here's a link:

YouTube - Concerto Grosso, Opus 6 No. 8 by Arcangelo Corelli

Watch the violinist on the left, whose bow arm is visible: she uses really long bows, inspirational!