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Robert Schumann's "Traumerei"

This is a violin presentation.  But I like Horowitz playing this in a Piano.
 

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Exquisite and I am also a ballet fan but I agree with you that it is really a piano piece.

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Schumann's Romance is a beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing the link.

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Under Forum/Learning-to-play/crisis-in-bowland, there was a mention of Sarasate's Navarra by FM..
http://fiddlerman.com/forum/le.....n-bowland/

Fiddlerman said 
Interesting ideas. I usually use the same tension and it is what has proven to be optimal for me. However, on occasion I end up with a completely different tension because of humidity changes and such and can usually notice the difference pretty well.

Once I was playing Sarasate's Navarra for two violins which has a lot of triplet staccato's in the beginning and had a hell of a time getting the usual smooth bouce I normally get only to discover a quarter way through the piece that I had forgotten to tighten the bow. 🙁

 

 Only a fortnight ago, I heard this piece played by Gil Shaham and Adele Anthony who 'miraculously' married him.  Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....nh5zIwmy2k

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Love shaham, if you get a chance check out his Carmen Fantasy on youtube.

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Abbra Cadabra Shaham !

Gee, I never heard him.  What a special great touch.  Without any information I would guess he was a product of Eastern Europe rather than the West.

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After a dream:

This is Fauré's most popular song, and one of his earliest (Op. 7, No. 1, 1865). Romain Bussine's text is a French adaptation of an anonymous Italian poem.

Après un rêve

Dans un sommeil que charmait ton image 
Je rêvais le bonheur, ardent mirage; 
Tes yeux étaient plus doux, ta voix pure et sonore, 
Tu rayonnais comme un ciel éclairé par l'aurore.
Tu m'appelais et je quittais la terre 
Pour m'enfuir avec toi vers la lumière; 
Les cieux pour nous, entr'ouvraient leurs nues, 
Splendeurs inconnues, lueurs divines entrevues... 

Hélas! Hélas, triste réveil des songes! 
Je t'appelle, ô nuit, rends-moi tes mensonges; 
Reviens, reviens radieuse, 
Reviens, ô nuit mystérieuse! 

After a dream 

In a sleep which your image charmed
I dreamed of happiness, ardent mirage;
your eyes were sweeter, your voice pure and ringing,
you shone like a sky lit up by the dawn.
You were calling me and I was leaving the earth
to flee with you towards the light;
the skies parted their clouds for us,
unknown splendours, divine half-seen gleams...

Alas! Alas! Sad awakening from dreams!
I call on you, o night, give me back your deceits;
come back, come back resplendent,
come back, o mysterious night!

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Give me excess of it ..(William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night)

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I had to think how perfectly the violin was suited for this piece but I also spent a half hour listening to cello versions. 

The cello doesn't quite make it here altho there is a beautiful version by Hauser.

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Oh no Oliver! don't tell me u are going to switch to the bigger violin. dancingdancingdancingdancingdancingred_cursingred_cursingbananabananabananabananabanana

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I got my wife a cello and she took lessons for a few months before wimping out.  However, even in that short time, in her hands, the cello had a beautiful sound.  I was all set to do something with it and my daughter kidnapped it.

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Sorry about that Oliver. You should have been faster.confused

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In college I majored in music education (for a time). We had to learn to play all sorts of instruments so we could teach band and orchestra. I was able to spend a few weeks playing the cello, and I loved it. Such a sweet, mellow sound!

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I always love the sound of cello as well. But I started on violin so will stay with it for a while. Also admire Gil Shaham. Last time I saw him was on From the Top at Carnegie Hall on PBS. He played a violin duet with a 10-year-old, Alice Ivy Pemberton, of which I never tire.

It's not on youtube, so I can only give you a link. When you open a page with man at a piano, select the 3rd selection down, Gil Shaham and Alice Ivy Pemberton. The entire video is a little long, but the piece I am referring to starts at 3:15 and ends at 7:53. Hope you can view it and enjoy this delightful duo.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/fromth.....-2/208.php

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One of my goals is to be able to play vivaldi's winter, first movement.
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Mike    Good for you.

Dee    Great video of perhaps my favorite Bach.  A very mature Alice !   I only became aware of Shaham recently and I really like his performances but I'm not sure why he seems different (?)  (as in "good"smile)

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Oliver: thanks.
I have the sheet music, but, it is quite apparent that my technical skill is not yet there to attempt this one yet. wink

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Today it is a short Carnatic music piece.  I hope you all will like it.
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Truly incredible to my Western ear!  I am going to have to Google-up "Carnatic" unless you might know some good sites already.

One thing I wonder is what was first ...... carnatic or Bach ?

I suspect carnatic.   (maybe with very early "violin" instruments)

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Google says that carnatic started perhaps as much as 1000 years before Bach was born.  I wonder where they got a violin ( or equal ) so long ago ?

The attached clip sounds very modern to me and I could "Westernize" the piece without too much trouble.

http://indianviolin.co.uk/

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Suresh, it has a lively beat, and I know it just has that ancient sound.  It takes us way back in humankind's history. Now I have a name for that particular music which I have heard on a few occasions.  Wikipedia has a detailed discussion of carnatic music.I didn't take notes and I didn't read it all, facepalm but I think I have been a tad enlightened.

When the article said that improvisation is a major component of carnatic, I had concluded that while viewing an earlier video, so was happy that I figured that out all by myself.

I wonder how Oliver would 'Westernize' that clip mentioned in his post? That would be for an advanced student, not me!

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