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Of late I have been working on the violin 1 part of Beethoven's 6th symphony. It's a very hard & challenging piece but was always one of my favorites. And since I am familiar with the piece since I was a kid I have a good feel for my timing, intonation, etc. I am playing the Violin 1 part since it carries much of the melody. But in the orchestra I will probably be playing the Violin 2 part, unless the conductor lets me sit in and play it in the Violin 1 section. Oh yeah, I just found out that we'll be performing this next spring so I couldn't have picked a better time to start reading and practicing it. Oh and BTW it is a great piece for developing your technique and playing just for fun.
Good for you. It's true that there are many orchestra parts that are fantastic even if you take away the rest of the orchestra. I have 3 volumes of orchestra excerpts for violin by Josef Gingold at home. Purchased them when I was a student way back in the day.
And some good luck has come my way. My orchestra is working on Beethoven's 6th and so far its coming along great. We hope to play it at our spring concert. So it did materialize as I expected. and in addition to practicing on my own I get to practice it with the orchestra each week.
Those Josef Gringold volumes sound interesting. I wonder if they are still available (i.e on CD, DVD or download). I would love to hear them.