Tuesday, January 09, 2007
After so much attention these past few weeks to the Pachelbel Rant on YouTube (I'm not even going to bother linking it), the conductor pulled out - you guessed it - Pachelbel's Kanon. We'll be playing this in our May concert. Good thing I've been working on my lower D-Major scale recently. Being the lone cello, I'm supposed to play my eight " special" notes louder than normal, with confidence!
This morning, a young moose was browsing along the base of the house beneath the deck, nibbling on the exposed grass (usually they awkwardly kneel down with their front legs to get at the grass). All of a sudden, something apparently spooked the moose, making it leap to its feet and turn to run off, instead it banged right into the deck post - hard - shaking the whole house, before stumbling out into the snow in the yard. The cat, who normally sits in the sewing room window in the mornings - right where the moose had been kneeling - must have seen and heard the commotion: eyes wide, ears pinned back, he fled in a panic, running - no, flying - up the stairs across the living room and up into the loft where he dove under the easy chair for the rest of the day. Right now, I suspect he is no longer quite as curious about the outdoors. (The moose was OK; it bedded down with its mother next to the workshop for most of the day - too cold to do much else, I guess.)
Here's a cat actually meeting a moose (this was taken in Anchorage, I think).
Wow, that moose has some hefty shoulders! I've never seen a moose in the wild. Around here it's just deer, bunnies, raccoons, possums, and skunks.
I can't believe you get to play P's Canon! I actually think it would be fun to keep playing the same 8 notes. The first couple times, anyway.
We played Pachelbel's Canon for our Holiday Concert this past December. I found it relaxing to play something where I could remain in first position.
Ashokan Farewell has been one of my favorites since 1990 when I first heard it on Ken Burns Civil War series. At first I thought it was written just for that, but later found out that it was originally written for Ungar's fiddle camp in Ashokan, NY.
(When does vibrato normally come up in the Suzuki series?)
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