June 6th, 2005



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Work: And...It's another wildly exciting day at work! I should have brought the book I was reading.

Wow...The place to work is downstairs on the 3rd floor! It's a weight loss clinic with a large waiting room. In this waiting room are big, comfy, leather sofas and a huge plasma-screen TV. We're talking bridge-of-the-Enterprise-sized TV. Their receptionist sits directly across from this TV, and even though the television is at the other end of the room, the screen is large enough that even I could still see the image. It's probably a good thing I don't work there; I'd be wanting to watch Star Trek reruns all the time!

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If You are Familiar with Violin Music...

I need some advice on pieces which might be suitable for an undergraduate freshman violin audition that takes place in a story I am writing. The requirements are:

  • One movement of a concerto
  • At least one movement of unaccompanied Bach
  • One contrasting work of the student's choice

The pieces I propose are:

  • First movement, Violin Concerto #1 by Oliver Knussen
  • Sonata in E Minor for Harpsichord and Solo Violin by J. S. Bach
  • "Reel Around the Sun" by Bill Whelan, from Riverdance.

What I would like is for one piece to be very difficult, so that it shows technical skill, another piece to show the ability to convey emotion and technical skill in a deceptively simple work, and a third piece to show the performer's personal taste/guilty pleasure.

The student must memorize at least one piece to be considered for a music scholarship. He wants to memorize all three because he doesn't like having to turn pages while performing.

Do these seem reasonable? Is "Reel Around the Sun" totally unsuitable for a classical violin audition? How many of the works mentioned above would it be reasonable for the student to have memorized? Are there other violin works which might be better choices? I am more familiar with classical piano music than with the violin repertoire.

Many thanks for your help!