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Viola solo from Don Quixote
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AndrewH
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I've been practicing audition excerpts lately, not because I'm planning to audition for anything soon but because they're short (my left shoulder still has limited endurance) and it's just a good idea to be familiar with the common ones in case I want to take auditions in the future.

This one can stand alone better than most, because it's a principal viola solo. It's from Richard Strauss's Don Quixote, where a cello soloist represents Quixote and the principal viola has several solo passages representing Sancho Panza.

Still a work in progress. Need to work on articulation in particular.

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I really enjoyed that @AndrewH - thanks for posting! Hope your shoulder feels better soon!

Cyndie 

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Thanks for posting @AndrewH.  I Enjoyed listening to you play.  Hope you have a speedy recovery.

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AndrewH - Bravo!

I don't know how you do it - even if I had the music right in front of me, I'd still have to hear that all in my head & I can't even imagine doing that! 

I admire you - thanks for posting it.

 

- Emily

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Bravo andrewH.

That sounds really good .

 indeed this is not an easy repertoire 

can you give us more details about this viola  you play 

i saw on you Youtube channel the luthier of this viola  was Henry Krug 

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Sure. It's a modern American viola, 15-3/4" Tertis pattern, made in Phoenix, Arizona in 1979.

It's not easy to find information about Henry Krug today. What I've been able to piece together is that he was born in Germany, lived in Canada for much of his life and started making violins in Montreal, and eventually moved to Phoenix in the mid-1970s. He mostly made violins; he only made three violas in his life, all using the Tertis pattern.

Coincidentally, the owner of one of Krug's other two violas lives about half an hour away from me and contacted me earlier this year -- his grandfather, who purchased the viola directly from Krug, was a professional violinist and violist.

I don't know that much about the history of my own viola, except that the previous owner was a Hollywood studio musician who had it for about 15 years. I bought the viola from a shop in the Los Angeles area in 2006.

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@AndrewH

That is neat you have some knowledge of the previous owner. What is it? A little provenance? 

Oh, thank you for the video. I would never attempt a piece like that yet with my viola. Very good. I am so pleased you shared that.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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@AndrewH

thank you for the infos about the luthier 

Keep preciously this instrument    ... i think it's a very good one .

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After a few more days of practice, it has something closer to the right feel to it.

 

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AndrewH - I don't know how I missed this update of yours.

This is REALLY nice!  Very kind of you to share this piece!

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- Emily

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@AndrewH my favorite part was around 1:10 or so in.  great playing!

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Bringing back so many memories. 🙂
Thanks for the post!

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