Three months into playing it, I’ve now worked all the way through the third movement of this Vivaldi concerto. It’s been a lot of fun, and remains challenging. I don’t think I’ll spend quite as long polishing this one before moving onto the next piece as I did the first movement – Teacher and I worked on that one for about seven months! The position shifting is the hard part in both movements; this concerto is the first piece in the Suzuki repertoire with more than a fleeting shift. In this third movement, there are several spots with shifts and accidentals simultaneously, which adds a layer of complexity. All told, it’s a lot for me to get right in a very quick moment. The finger spacing for the work in second position is also new and challenging – hearing what the notes are supposed to sound like so I can get good intonation works best when I go very slowly. But it’s all coming along.
I’m also enjoying a couple of new Wohlfahrt etudes in e-flat major. I had some previous experience with the key when I picked out a version of I Dreamed a Dream – that linked post was written three years ago, quite a long time in my violin playing career! At the time, I was quite proud of myself for being able to determine that I was playing in e-flat major based on my meager knowledge of finger positions and the progression of the major scale. These e-flat major etudes in the Wohlfahrt book are nice, but the key is actually quite tricky for we strings players. And the etudes, of course, are quite a bit more complicated than the melody from I Dreamed a Dream! I really like the sound of the key, though I’m only beginning to appreciate the many factors at work in a composer’s head when selecting keys for their works.
Finally, I’m playing the opening theme from Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto. Not only do I love it and find it heart-swelling, but I have a violin solos book that includes the tune so I didn’t have to go far for the music. I’m having a lot of fun with it and am using it to help me with vibrato. The other pieces I continue to polish daily are the Bach Bourree from the end of Book Three and Ashokan Farewell.
All of that is a lot to squeeze in over the course of sixty to ninety minutes. Maybe I’ll play for two hours today.
Thanks for reading.
Congrats on your progress! I’m feeling eternally stuck on the first piece in book 4, but I think that’s a pretty common feeling. So, off to practice!
Thanks Bardiac! Those Seitz concerto movements are a big level-up for sure – happy practicing!