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Which is more enjoyable to play?
Chamber
60%
 60%  [ 3 ]
Solo
40%
 40%  [ 2 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 3:48 am    Post subject: Chamber Music Reply with quote

Has anyone played in a chamber ensemble before? What did you think of the experience? What did you get to play?

For the past three years I played in a string quartet. It was quite an experience to see the gradual development of our group from a bunch of people slapped together into something more coherent.

Chamber music forces you to know your part cold. Your energy is spent listening to others and playing in a way that fits the others. There are fun ways to practice, such as turning your chairs away in different directions so that sight is not possible (or by turing out the lights). But the most pleasure comes from the synergy. Ahh...

In the beginning the repertoire was discouraging. But by the end we had played some Brahms, Beethoven, Borodin.

After three years I was the party pooper and dropped out from the quartet. Time issues (and it leaves more time to practice piano Wink ).

I am going to play the first movement of Brahms sonata no 1 for cello and piano in a month or so (with a cellist). If you have played them, suggestions would be appreciated. If you haven't heard these sonatas, they are something to check out.

And if you ever have the opportunity to play chamber, jump.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, i've played w/ other musicians in jazz ensemble, i've accompanied vocalists, and i've had to turn pages, so i've practically experienced the whole string quartet business... without the string quartet. lol
I think it is more fun to work with others, unless they are brain dead and/or don't even know how to read music, then it's just a hassle. But, it's always cool to see your part fitting into a bigger whole.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chamber music is soo much fun. I love every single moment of rehearsals and the actual performance. I believe it makes you a sharper and more coherent guy.

Currently, I'm in a trio (piano, violin, cello). We are working on Beethoven trios. I have also done couple of his violin sonatas. It's soo much fun!!!! Razz

Are you doing Brahms eminor cello sonata?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2004 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beethoven wrote:
Currently, I'm in a trio (piano, violin, cello). We are working on Beethoven trios. I have also done couple of his violin sonatas. It's soo much fun!!!! Razz

Are you doing Brahms eminor cello sonata?


Yep, that's the one. Op. 39 in e minor.

Beethoven violin sonatas? You lucky ***.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hehe, well indeed I was lucky Razz

I did Op.30 no.2 in Cminor and also Kreutzer sonata
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For someone such as I whom adulates counterpoint, chamber music is easily much more rewarding than solo music.
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