Quartet

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So, we ended up not reading Faure or Schumann or Mahler today. Instead we did the second movement of the Dvorak quartet that I don’t love that much. We’re going to meet on Saturday to read through the new music instead. I can’t wait! I’m very excited about it.

Peanuts

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I got this from Lesley today. Maybe this is why I’m not married yet. :)

New music

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Finally our new quartet music came in the other day, so on Thursday my group is going to read through something new and fun. We ordered both piano quartets by Faure, and the Mahler piano quartet. Maybe something else too, but I forgot. It will be a welcome change for me, because we’ve been working on Dvorak Op.23 and I’m not really all that excited by that piece.

I also just ordered the Bruch Eight Pieces, Op.83 for viola, clarinet, and piano. I am performing that in a recital next month for a doctoral student’s recital I think. It should be a lot of fun, I think. I played the Bruch Double Concerto for viola and clarinet when I was in school, and I liked it a lot. It’s a very nice piece that is still not very well known for some reason.

Mozart Concerto

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I went to Dallas Symphony last night to hear their concertmaster,
Emanuel Borok, play the third Mozart violin concerto. They also did
Rachmaninov’s second symphony and Mannheim Rocket by Corigliano.
It was overall a really great concert, but I went there especially for
the Mozart and I was not disappointed. Borok really played well, I
thought, and the orchestra sounded very good. I had heard that he also
has written his own cadenzas for all the Mozart concerti, so I was
looking forward to hearing that. The the first two cadenzas were
nothing out of the ordinary I think.. especially the first one I thought
was very sensible and traditional. In the last movement, however, the
cadenzas were completely surprising! It didn’t sound really
Mozartian, I’m not really sure what it was.. I guess just very Borok, I
don’t know. It’s hard to describe here. But I definitely enjoyed it.
He just totally threw me for a loop for that last movement, because
especially after the previous ones I did not see that coming.

I had never heard the Corigliano before. It was okay, but nothing to
write much about. And so, I guess I won’t. The best part was before it
started some lady behind me asked if this was that Christmas music
thing, by which she meant Mannheim Steamroller. heh :)