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Reading the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata
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AndrewH
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I guess this is a progress video in a sense... I think I bought the sheet music around the beginning of 2010, tried to learn it in 2010 or maybe early 2011, and couldn't play the higher passages even in slow tempo, so I gave up and it sat on my bookshelf.

Fast forward to 2017. Last night and tonight I read through a big pile of solo repertoire that I either hadn't played or hadn't looked at in years. This is a second reading, and already in performance tempo. What a difference! It's hard to see progress from day to day and week to week... and then there are moments like these when years of progress become obvious.

(I only recorded the first movement exposition, because I originally only thought of posting to Instagram which has a 1-minute time limit.)

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ryonass
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Only second reading and it sounds like that? Amazing! I really enjoyed listening to that. 

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That's really nice. I don't think I've ever heard that before. Nice sound, I've always liked the lower register of the viola, but seldom get to hear it. Keep them coming 🙂

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Bob said
That's really nice. I don't think I've ever heard that before. Nice sound, I've always liked the lower register of the viola, but seldom get to hear it. Keep them coming 🙂

Bob  

Most of the viola's solo repertoire is obscure to non-violists, unfortunately, because there just aren't that many performance opportunities for viola soloists.

This piece is an interesting one because it was originally written for an instrument that was newly invented at the time and ended up never becoming popular. The arpeggione is something like a cross between a guitar and a cello: it's basically a cello with six strings tuned like a guitar's strings, and a fretted fingerboard. Schubert's sonata is the only piece ever written for it by a notable composer. Today it's played mainly on cello or viola.

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December 18, 2017 - 7:31 am
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AndrewH said
..... It's hard to see progress from day to day and week to week... and then there are moments like these when years of progress become obvious.

  Yup - it's like climbing a huge hill - it's only when you look back you see how far you have really come...   even then, the summit is rarely in sight 🙂

Well done ! thumbs-up

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Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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I somehow missed this one. I'll have to come back and give it a listen when I get off work 🙂 

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Got a chance to listen 🙂 You're doing really well!! Isn't it awesome when all our hard work pays off? clapclap

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intrepidgirl
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@AndrewH Wow! Sounds really nice, lovely song. I know what you mean about bringing something out after a few years, and thought it was too hard, but you dig into it and now it is not! Wonderful feeling. 🙂

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Fiddlerman
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December 28, 2017 - 12:09 pm
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@AndrewH - Keep up the great work and you get a badge for sharing a video. Always liked this Schubert Sonata.

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