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Bach in The Subways 2024
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I’ve talked about the Bach in the Subways annual event before – info/history is here:

https://bachinthesubways.org

This year, I performed movement 2 of the Bach Double (Concerto in Dm for two violins) with my teacher & her husband – a more substantial piece than stuff I’ve been performing. 

I had some shaky bow going on—felt myself just trying to get to the end 😬 

I did ok (not great), but experience is the best teacher, right? smile  So, I've got a clip of it is here:

https://violinvids.sharonslc.c.....aa28c7a-43

Our group played a bunch of other smaller things; I’ve got a 3-minute highlight video here:

https://violinvids.sharonslc.c.....aa28c7a-44

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That was great. Thanks for sharing that. 

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Enjoyed those sharon!  neat venu too!  

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giphy.gif@SharonC -

Congratulations!

I thought you played wonderfully! 

Enjoyed both clips - did I see a vielle played in there?

Who was your audience for this performance? 

Thank you for sharing Bach with us!

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@Mouse  @ABitRusty  @ELCBKK  Thank you!

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. . . did I see a vielle played in there?
 

Who was your audience for this performance? 

@ELCBKK 

I think it's a custom 5-string octave viola – he likes to use it instead of lugging a cello around. 

Audience was just folks in local community to where this church is (I live in a nearby town).  The community is well aware of us—teacher is well known, and when we group practice there, it’s open for folks to come in and listen.

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@SharonC -

Thanks for the info! 

Now I'm really curious what strings he is using, if truly an Octave VIOLA - since no one makes strings for one anymore (that I can find, anyway - only Octave Violin strings).   Don't go out of your way, but if you happen to think of asking when you all get together again, I'd appreciate it. 😊 

The website is interesting, you don't need an Octave Fiddle to play fiddle tunes down an octave, just a Viola - but it would be easier to play tunes down with normal fingerings, so I get it. 

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SharonC

Well played, looked like a good time.

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@SharonC Thanks for all of that information. That was so interesting! 

I love the way you are going around and playing for people. That is great! Thanks for sharing.

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@Mark  @Mouse  Thanks! smile

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Love it Sharon, I like Bachs minutes. I was a bit taken aback actually because I thought it was going to be in a subway lol. Great playing by all.

I heard Arnold was going to play an angry composer in his new film, called I'll be Bach.

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Congrats @SharonC ! playing in front of people + in a small group where you're basically on your own... that's not easy. So you did great, some shaky bow sounds just normal ;--)

I was taken by surprise by the 'viola' ! (I must say I prefer the normal viola pitch, or a cello, but I understand the practical aspect)

I'm fooling around with the Bach double these days (at small speed !), I like that piece. Even if it means being unfaithful to my viola. Can't find a sheet music that looks fine though. I've printed one that wants me to shift much more than looks necessary.
... now wondering how it would sound on a viola, a 5th down.

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@stringy  @wtw  Thank you!

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There’s a copy of the Double for violas transposed down a 5th (Gm) at this site.  It’s not free, but it looks like a large visual & audio sample is listed there, if you want to take a look at it.smile

https://www.virtualsheetmusic......leVla.html

@stringy The project was first started in 2010 by a cellist in a NYC subway.  Most folks are not performing in subways--the idea is that it is free & open to the publicsmile

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Sharon I was in London the other day to watch a few shows, there was a  violinist in one of the subways tunnels connecting the tube lines, he was absolutely brilliant, one of the Best violinists I have ever heard, I now wonder if he was part of the project. He was actually better than the show I was going to se that evening, which was 2 and a half hours long, he was still playing extremely difficult classical pieces when I came out after it ended.

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