Been practising the slurred 2 notes scale all of last week and noticed some slight improvements in string crosses.
Today we looked at the second movement of the Vivaldi concerto - beautiful, romantic and totally unlike the first movement.
Deryn explained that the concerto concept back then (baroque) differ from what we now know as the concerto; where a single motif binds all movements together. Back then, it could be as simple as the same key signature and the last note of the movement usually leads to the next movement - this we see in Vivaldi's concerto. He was also the leading pioneer in the very concept of concerto which was a very new thing back then.
It's a little strange to refer to 'new' concepts occurring the past, more so on icons such as Vivaldi. We're used to seeing them from an untouchable distance that they no longer represent mortals like ourselves and yet, there he is - starting something new, discovering another level of expression just as one would a curious human being and like so many artists, Vivaldi died in poverty.
Learning the cello as an adult started as a dare but has now turned into an ongoing love affair; I hope to one day make her sing to her full potential. In the meantime, all spare time and moments are dedicated to this wonderful instrument as I am unable to think about anything else, much to the dismay of my other half :}
This is an attempt to remember the classes I have taken so that I don't forget.