Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Classics

Ok, I've tried to do a lot of things on Sunday. And they have pretty much all failed.

HOWEVER, I am going forward and introducing a Sunday theme I can totally get behind - Sunday Classics.

You may or may not know that I studied to be a violinist before deciding to get my degree in Economics and then become an officer in the Navy. Oh yeah, I can totally see the thread there... Insert irony.

Anyhoo - I have a passion for classical music and listen to it every day. So does Muffin. We are fortunate to live in an area where there is a publicly sponsored classical music station and I have to say - one of the greatest joys in my life was when Muffin piped up from the back seat and said "MAMA! This is Mozart!" I swear to God it brought tears to my eyes.

So, I'm going to attempt yet another Sunday theme: Sunday Classics. A youtube "recording" of a piece I've either played or wish I had played.

The Premier is a gorgeous piece by Alexander Borodin. String Quartet #2, third movement. Such a sweet and moving piece. I played this piece as "second" violin my first year in ECU's school of music.

The role of the "second" violinist is to provide harmony to the melody. Yes, there are other instruments but the violin has such a huge role in the orchestra that it's necessary to break it up. Obviously, being "second" violin (here is where the term second fiddle comes into play) isn't the most glamorous but it's necessary and perfect for first and second year students.

My big part comes in at minute mark 6:19. It's when me and the "first" violinist start to do a simple fugue/round. Well, at any rate, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

3 comments:

MommyTime said...

I LOVE this idea. I'm going to play the music in a few minutes, when my coffee is ready and my kids are distracted by the show they are allowed to watch on Sunday morning. But I just had to leave a comment to say that this is a great way to start a Sunday morning! The violin has always been my favorite instrument; it can make me cry, or dance, or feel like I'm flying. I always thought that in another life, I must have been a Russaian peasant.

Stacie's Madness said...

This is cool.

I love all kinds of music and classical is included in that love!

1blueshi1 said...

Man, I totally love this kind of stuff. If you check out npr.com, there are emails you can sign up for & one is the composer's datebook with links so you can listen. my mom was a music minor in college & she loves 'em!

I really love the alt shows NPR plays on Sunday nights....swoony good.