Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Piece of the week: Marche Slave

As you know I am a part of an orchestra (ok maybe 2 orchestras) but I love my classical orchestra. (Yes I play in an orchestra). I play the violin. :) I have been playing since I was 10 (that's actually very late to start playing the violin) but that doesn't matter. I got the chance that ultimately got me where I am in the orchestra today, playing for the Sarawak State Symphony Orchestra or SONS.

I started playing the violin when I was in elementary school. Actually I didn't know how it all started. It is a long story but I'll try to keep it short :P. There was a time in my life when I had to move around a lot, since my parents were teachers. And one fortunate event lead me to study abroad (ok my dad was studying abroad not moi but I suppose I was studying abroad too :D but in elementary school hehehe) and it brought me to Menomonie, Wisconsin. :) I loved the place. It is a small town (is it a town now still?) and everyone is friendly. :D Good first impression.

Well you know how it is, they encourage you to embrace your identity (ok I might just made that up) but they were talking about being in a band or orchestra. It was either band or orchestra. :D I was really interested in learning the drums or percussion but I think I was persuaded by friends to join the orchestra. (Ok maybe I always thought being a violinist was awesome :P) so that's how it all started. And the rest is history...or herstory :P *geddit*

Anyway, I was thinking of sharing the piece that I think are really interesting (and that interest me) of the week. :D I play twice a week (for my classical orchestra) and twice a week (now to be once a week) for my jazz orchestra. Yes I play jazz too but I'm not very good.

So this week Piece of the week (POW) is Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky. I love this piece, altho it is a tad bit difficult but practice makes perfect, right? ;) I am gonna practice summore.


Akira said...

Tchaikovsky!!!! <3

I've been practicing too. I miss playing with SONS. Lucky you to be resided in Kuching... (TT___TT) Thank God I have my violin here. (At least it's not as heavy or as big as a double bass or a piano to be dragged around).

I'm crazily playing Bach now, Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor. Super fast, super awesome. (Of course, I had to play slower since my fingers are not as gracful [blegh] as 5 or 6 years back) I think the only piece that I'm able to play (that sounds exactly like how it's supposed to sound) now is Ave Maria and Hateshinaku tooi sora ni (yes. Kyou Kara Maou's theme :D )

We should do a duet.(O____O)


a!k0 said...

LOL....i dont think i can play fluently too, since i dont practice and well i cant side read as good as i need to oiled my vision :P

and marcus always lets me play first violin for jr string...ssh juak since theres like 4 or 5 of us...cannot salah, mun sik nya dengar...

i like this marche slave, weve been practicing it for a few weeks now since its kinda tough. he got it like 20 years back :P he said he wants us to play this in the future....but its a nice piece... :D oh bach, lamak sik main

LiLu said...

Beautiful, truly. I am often sad I didn't continue my piano lessons- making music is such a gift. :-)

a!k0 said...

:) awww it is isnt it? i wish i wouldve concentrated more on the theory side of know they say its never too late to continue ;)