Monthly Archives: March 2015

Reading Ahead

I downloaded a pdf document that lists the Suzuki repertoire by book.  I know from experience, of course, that it’s accurate for books One and Two, more or less, so I assume it will hold up as I progress.  There’s quite a bit of fun stuff coming up. Book Three, my next up, includes four […]

Sunday Sonatas

Brahms wrote three sonatas for violin and piano – G Major (Opus 78, 1878), A Major (opus 100, 1886), and D Minor (Opus 108, 1887).  Like his canonical Violin Concerto (Opus 77, 1878), all were composed for his very close friend Joseph Joachim, the legendary and prodigious violinist of the 19th century.  The Guardian online […]

A Trio of Lovely

The Beethoven Minuet has four sections, each of which repeat, then half of it repeats again.  Many minuets, Teacher says, have a trio section – this Beethoven does, the third and fourth of the four sections, but my first three Bach minuets, for example, did not.  The trio section definitely involves a shift in the […]

Theremins Are a Little Weird

Guinness World Records is serious business – the officials even have blazers.  Back in July of 2013 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, 272 musicians set out to create the world’s largest theremin ensemble.  For those who don’t know, the theremin is an electronic instrument that is played by manually manipulating (in the air around the […]

Music and the Brain

I ran across this infographic about music and the brain, and it reminded me that one of my goals in taking up an instrument just shy of forty is maintaining my gray matter.  As we age our brains stagnate – it’s just a fact of nature.  Keeping it active is important – all sorts of […]

See Roda Say Hoda

Aside from my violin practice, musical exploits for me as a participant are few and far between.  Yesterday afternoon, however, I was fortunate enough to get to broaden my horizons both musically and martially in a special martial arts workshop at my school.  Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art I’ve written about before, and I’ve […]