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Deirdre
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This year's recital.

Hey, good evening everyone! It's been a while since I posted - but I thought I would put this video of tonight's recital up for you. My teacher and I are playing a theme from Verdi's Aida. I think it's a very pretty song, & I hope you enjoy it !


Deirdre
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Posted: March 19, 2017
Last Comment: March 27, 2017
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Deirdre
Posted: March 27, 2017
Thank you so much, Treble! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it - and yes, Gabe does indeed have an unusual hairdo. No optical illusion! (It's that baby pterodactyl hairstyle that some men do ... ). 

Urban, thank you, too. I feel silly that I can't answer your question properly - it's true that the space is very different, but I don't really take that into account, and try to play as I would at home. I noticed from my previous recitals in this church that the sound carries very well. People will hear, even if it is very quiet, so I don't have to worry about projecting.

And, to tell the truth, the main difference I notice is -- OMG! HELP! Why is my heart beating so fast all of a sudden!? Am I shaking - will it affect the tone? So I try to breathe normally and concentrate on the music, just as I would at home. 

Thanks again, and good night!

Urban Kristan
Posted: March 27, 2017
Sounds really nice and very well in sync with each other. How different does it feel playing in the acoustic context of a church as opposed to a room of a house? 

Treble
Posted: March 26, 2017
Well played, Deirdre! If you were nervous it didn't show, especially after you laughed with the audience. I liked the way you swayed (a little) with the music. Your teacher has an unusual hairdo, or maybe it's an optical illusion?. 

Deirdre
Posted: March 25, 2017
Thanks so much, Andreas! That's the nicest thing anybody has said to me in quite a while (or maybe ever ;-D).

Thanks also for the information about the book.  I'm going to see whether I can get a copy here - if that piece is at all representative, it's a pretty awesome method book, IMO. And you played it very well!



Andreas
Posted: March 23, 2017
Deirdre it wasnīt the first time you inspired me and I really think that I wasnīt the first one you inspired :)
The music is a nice little songbook I purchased from amazon... itīs called "Dein Klavier wird dich lieben" (Your piano is going to love you) by Tatjana Davidoff. Donīt know if it is available outside of germany :/ Itīs full of easy pieces that can be played by violin/viola too.

KarenJ
Posted: March 23, 2017
oh, I had thought you went to at least 2 in Austin. You've been to the same ones I have, then. I wish I was going to Europe.

Deirdre
Posted: March 22, 2017
Thanks so much, Mary & Nick!

And wow, Andreas! I actually inspired you? Amazing! I hope your shoulder is OK! I loved your keyboard playing, & I was wondering where I could get the music!

Karen, thank you, too!

Are you maybe mixing me up with someone else? I've been to 2 workshops so far & I think there have been more than that.

Thanks again & good night!💤 

KarenJ
Posted: March 22, 2017

I always love hearing you play.

Off topic, are you the only person that has attended all of the Violinlab workshops?  have you missed any?


Andreas
Posted: March 21, 2017
Just wanted to say that your nice response actually made me practice for half an hour, so thanks :)))

Nick
Posted: March 21, 2017
Very nicely played Deirdre. Such a beautiful church, your instrument sounds wonderfully resonant there. And playing in front of an audience definitely ticks another box in any musicians' list. Very confidently played. Brava!

Mary Freeman
Posted: March 20, 2017
Sounds wonderful especially with the acoustics of the church
very nice

Deirdre
Posted: March 19, 2017
Thank you, Dianne!

And Andreas! It's so nice to hear from you! And no, I'm not playing more in public - I'm still fighting with trying to overcome the shyness and stage fright. My strategy this time was to pick a less technically challenging piece where I could concentrate on making it sound like music, and I'm glad if I was able to achieve that a little.

I'm sorry you're having shoulder trouble - I hope it will soon be cured, and you'll get back to your viola. You're a wonderful player, IMO! 

Again, thanks to you both! Stay well!


Dianne
Posted: March 19, 2017
Yes, nicely done Deirdre!

Andreas
Posted: March 19, 2017
Bravo Deirdre very beautiful performance :D Are you playing in front of an audience more frequently? There is some nice vibrato in your playing, love that.
I havenīt played my viola much lately because still having some shoulder issues :/ so itīs really nice to hear your viola :)


Deirdre
Posted: March 19, 2017
Thank you so much, CC and Jaime!

Jaime the book is Carl Fischer Progressive. Duets for Viola Volume 2: Advanced. I'm sure you can buy it in many places, for many different instruments, and don't be put off by the title. It's actually not Advanced (IMHO), just not really elementary.

One thing, though. Gabe, my teacher, was not at all happy with how this piece was harmonized, and he rewrote everything, muttering "What were these people ON when they wrote this?!" If your teacher - or Beth - feels the same way, it would be fun to compare notes.

Thanks again, everybody - must run (again!)

CC
Posted: March 19, 2017
Gorgeous!!!!!

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: March 19, 2017
Deidre that was simply BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations on your performance!!!
Truly enjoyed! :) Do you know where I can get a copy of the music score? It is certainly quite a great duet to try with my teacher!:)

Deirdre
Posted: March 19, 2017
Thank you so much, Elke and Maria!

I don't know what happened to me with the embedding - I'm usually pretty good with that. But this time, I didn't see any code on my phone except what I pasted.
Yes, Elke, that is the same church, and I am looking forward to meeting you. Too!

Maria, thanks for the embedding!

Must run now - have a great day, everyone!

Elke Meier
Posted: March 19, 2017
That was beautiful, Deidre! Thank you for sharing! I seem to recognize the church - wasn't your last recital a similar gorgeous environment? 

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And another side note: I sure look forward to hearing your viola live :) :).

Maria
Posted: March 19, 2017
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ok D, it's embed now...

will listen to it now