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Here's the second version of Ave Maria de Caccini I'm learning...The 1st version I started learning was by Schubert and currently I started the 3rd version by Gounod-Bach.

Next will be Ave Maria by Robert Prizeman and I think there's 2 more...

Thank you...
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Posted: April 22, 2019
Last Comment: May 12, 2019

Posted: May 12, 2019
Hi Maria,

I agree with the others who have commented.  I think the speed and amplitude to quite appropriate for your composition.  I really like this version.  Well done. 

Karen Egee
Posted: May 9, 2019
Very beautiful. Lovely vibrato. 

Barbara Habel
Posted: May 9, 2019
Dear Maria

It is lovely. But I would like it if you placed the camera closer to the violin and further away from the piano accompanyment. The violin gets drowned out by the piano on the Schubert piece.

But lovely playing from what little I could hear.

Posted: May 9, 2019
Maria, I think you're doing a really great job, not just with the vibrato (and on all four fingers), but also with sound consistency. I don't know this piece but I can tell it's one of those pieces that really has to be quite seamless, almost as if it were all played in one big bow stroke. That's not easy! And there are places where I can't even tell when your bow changes direction. So, amazing!

Posted: May 8, 2019
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Lesley thank you...

Lesley, I'm still working on it until now how to make it more consistent, regular and how to evenly vibrate on all fingers especially the weak 1st and 4th finger...Btw, I learned vibrato from  Beth and Professor V on You Tube.

Today, will be the second day of practice...(Recording and documenting my practice/progress)

I practiced sight reading Schubert's Litanei but this time I did it while standing and it was harder for me because I got used on just sitting...It takes more effort to stand and everything felt different, it seemed my arms were much heavier and stiffer  I think the pull of gravity was more pronounced or felt when standing.

Also I like to practice with the accompaniment, it serves as my metronome and it guides me with the intonation...

Goodnight going to work soon, I practiced after working last night I fell asleep while uploading this video.

Posted: May 7, 2019
Maria. Your vibrato is gorgeous. I'm so impressed! This is a lovely piece and you play it with great feeling.

Posted: May 7, 2019
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Taking a short break from Ave Maria Series...

Timothy, thank you much for the encouragement/support, like you I learn more of the technique if embedded within the piece. If I only practice the basic technique generically it does not stick to me and I tend to forget it.

In this new piece I'm learning it teaches me to be mindful of transitioning to the natural notes, the half step notes and trying to improve intonation...

Day #1 Schubert's Litanei [August 1816]

This was my 4th attempt to sight read and play this most solemn piece...Will need to practice more.

Goodnight and thank you...

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Litany for the Feast of All Souls

English Translation Richard Wigmore

May all souls rest in peace;
those whose fearful torment is past;
those whose sweet dreams are over;
those sated with life, those barely born,
who have left this world:
may all souls rest in peace!
The souls of girls in love,
whose tears are without number,
who, abandoned by a faithless lover,
rejected the blind world.
May all who have departed hence,
may all souls rest in peace!
And those who never smiled at the sun,
who lay awake beneath the moon on beds of thorns,
so that they might one day see God face to face
in the pure light of heaven:
may all who have departed hence,
may all souls rest in peace!

Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

Timothy Smith
Posted: April 22, 2019
I really like this version especially. Nice playing!