Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Last Rose of Summer

It’s Labor Day weekend already, and yesterday I discovered a phenomenal new piece of music, coincidentally titled The Last Rose of Summer.  I suppose I had heard of the old Irish folk tune, but I had not heard of the composition for violin, written by Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst in the mid 1800s as the finale […]

Handel’s Flute Sonata in G Major

A Bourree is a dance, similar to a Gavotte. Suzuki Book Two includes a song called Bourree by Handel, and sources it to “Flute Sonata, Opus 1 No. 5.” That struck me as odd because I already know that Handel is one of those composers who has his own numbering system, like Bach – generally […]

Bourree on Repeat

If Dr. Suzuki insisted on something besides practice practice practice, it was listen listen listen. I did not take that to heart in Book One; I never had the CD that demos the songs.  But Book Two arrived with a CD, so I’ve been playing catch-up on the aural channel.  I’ve created an iTunes playlist […]

Opening Details

I arrived a few minutes early for a breakfast yesterday, pushing on the restaurant door even though a prominently affixed “Closed” sign remained unflipped.  As I stepped in I was told to sit anywhere, so I picked a table and took a seat, the first patron in the place – Mondays and neighborhood spots don’t […]

Fiddler on the Roof

Last night Michael and I went with a friend to a production of Fiddler on the Roof, put on by Light Opera Works in Evanston.  Teacher is in the orchestra for the show – she got us a deal on tickets – so the excursion had the distinction of being the first time I’ve ever […]

Taking My Time

As a rule, when I play for Teacher it’s not my best.  Something about her standing there causes my fingers to fail.  I see it in my own karate and in my students too – it’s even worse if you pay a compliment – a calamity is guaranteed to ensue.  Of course when I play […]

Catalogs and Needs

I have everything I need to play the violin.  Back when I started this project I wrote a couple of posts about violin stuff and, while there’s a lot of it, I’ve got it covered.  But that doesn’t stop me from looking.  My purchase of Suzuki Book Two has apparently landed me on the mailing list of […]