Sunday, January 27, 2019

How do you know when you're not a prodigy?

Dear flute lovers,

I love a good laugh; and this is just what I needed!
Two Australian violinists react to real-life violin prodigies:

1st film: (video)

Flutists: Notice how much of the violinist's written technique shows up in OUR flute music. (in the above video no. 1, in the solo part that's written; does that look familiar? Like Doppler? Like ornate and soaring cadenzas we all know and love? ha; same period of music!)

And watch the hands of the sight-reading Australian violinists; yes, zippy fast reading of previously practiced scales and arpeggios is revealed as a primary sight-reading skill.......of course. We all knew we would one day have to sightread pieces like this that we'd never even seen or heard before!

This kind of low key humour, that's honest and about something that is so so true, is just my kind of chuckle; makes you feel normal right?

And there's more; and it gets more profound...

2nd film: (video)

Enjoy, while thinking how much this all comes back to virtuoso flute playing.
Most of us are just "normal".

Best, Jen
Comments (3)
Blogger Jerry Pritchard said...

Great post and an Intriguing topic Jen. These two guys are hilarious--and very good violinists themselves, despite all their joking around.

The 2nd video starts off with their crazy comments, but by the end, they are genuinely humbled and awed and beyond satirizing the amazing talent and skills of the violist. I loved how the young virtuosos were so matter-of-fact and even blase about their precocious development and accomplishment. Even more impressive than their dazzling technique is their seemingly innate understanding of musical style, expression, and interpretation.

Monday, January 28, 2019 12:48:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Thanks so much for your comment, Jerry; of course I absolutely agree! :>D

Monday, January 28, 2019 2:53:00 PM

Blogger sue said...

heh i love twoset! i would really love to see them comment on denis bouriakov's performances since he performs so many pieces meant for violin! i especially love his performance of bach chaconne.

Thursday, June 06, 2019 3:44:00 PM


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