Another music-brag post *blush*

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Another music-brag post *blush*
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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 7:56pm

Just uploaded two clips I wanted to share. The girls played at a concours two weeks ago and both got a 3rd prize. It's a national all instruments mixed concours, so 3rd is great: there's usually an awful lot of piano participants, and usually one of those ends up with the first prize ;-)

Suzanne
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Sat, 03-12-2011 - 8:40pm

Both of those are beautiful!

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Sun, 03-13-2011 - 1:40pm
Yay for Y on the persistence! That's a great life lesson, isn't it? To work consistently and make something as worthwhile as possible out of something that you don't necessarily see much value in anymore. She looks really comfortable in her skin as a cellist; I hope she gets through the slump in motivation, because to me she looks (and sounds) like she should always be a cellist.

L did a great job on a really challenging piece. Eleven is really young to take that one on. She'll probably enjoy coming back to it when it's easier for her, but she's clearly already done it considerable justice at a first pass.

Congrats, mama!

Miranda

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Sun, 03-13-2011 - 6:12pm
ITA about the Kreisler, Miranda. Knowing her, she'll come back to it later on, she still plays other old pieces she's practiced years ago just because she likes them, and her teacher sometimes lets her practice etudes from months ago, for quick refreshment of techniques... But it's been a big boost for her technique.

I'll tell Yara what you just wrote... and who said it !
Suzanne
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Sun, 03-13-2011 - 7:42pm
Our internet service is so slow that so far I've heard only a bit of each performance...but was struck as always by Y's and L's "idiomatic" understanding of their instruments and the pieces they are playing...surprising that Y doesn't revel in that. It's hard to tell on YouTube, but I'm thinking that when she gets a (larger?) cello with more tonal possibilities that she might recover her enthusiasm...

Deborah
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Mon, 03-14-2011 - 1:02pm

These are lovely!

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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 6:29pm

thanks Deborah :-) As to the bigger cello; I've seen this effect with Lucie and her violins (she's very tall and she has a full sized violin already. But with Yara a bigger cello is always a bit of a drama, as she gets very attached to her old instrument (they're all hired, only Lucie's current violin is our own). Plus, the recording and the room she played in didn't do much good to the 1/2 cello she plays on, because it has a very nice and brilliant sound. Each snare has its own character, but they fit together. She was told this instrument used to belong to a now famous Dutch cellist when he was a boy, which is sort of magic to her.... Her motivational problems have everything to do with her perfectionism, fear to fail, and not being used to actually have to work for something (school is easy peasy for her, climbing is, and actually cello is too to a certain level, but polishing a cello piece can be very confrontational to her, she's very critical on herself, and impatient). All the more reason for me to want to coach her with this and find her way to deal with these emotions!

Suzanne
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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 6:34pm

Thank you so much. I can totally see Kreisler becoming quite a pain when you don't really have that very special click with wanting to master it, like Y didn't have with de Fesch. I actually never got to the end of the piece... but of course that's because I'm a very busy working and studying mom ;-p And I can lazily just enjoy listening to it... So yes...Lucie has now officially passed her mother on the left at high speed!

Suzanne