North & South in Franconia … part 2 … The Viola of Doom feat. Jitterfinger

Back from the morning matinee … 19 other students and I first performed two pieces together (a french 16th century “Pavane” and a nice summer piece “Dance of the Mosquitos”) … I was the only viola, there was one contrabass, three celli and the rest all violins. 13 students (including me) were then to perform solos (or duets, trios & quartets), so between a lot of classics (Bach, von Weber, Mozart, Uccellini, Küchler, Pachelbel, Leclair, Kabalevsky & Vivaldi) and a funny bavarian folk tune performed by accordion, 2 violins & a cello – I and the “Viola of Doom” screeched along the tunes of “I’ve seen hell” … for the really brave (and deaf) ones: have a look at the vid 😉

North & South in Franconia … I've seen Hell … from FrauVonElmDings on Vimeo.

I’m really a bit uncomfortable, when I know, that what I have to deliver can & will not be perfect … but as so much people told me recently, that they’re feeling “to old” to start learning an instrument at all, I thought it might really inspire and encourage folks to give it a try, when they see what can be done in just a half year of practising. I’ve started this “string-project” just before my 45 birthday in the last week of january this year. Since I read my first Sherlock Holmes novel when I was about 12, I wanted to play a stringed instrument … instead I played the Melodica for one year, wooden flute just by ear and then my gran taught me to play the piano. But as puberty hit fully I started worshipping the church of disco and quit playing music myself. But deep within this “dream of strings” remained. By hearing a viola/violin duet last year I fell in love with the sound of the viola and as I discovered that they also are available in different sizes (and as a lefthanded version) that was that. I’m really short and so I play a half size “leftie” viola now, which is the size of a full violin!

So this really happened to be my “RAndom act of kindness” for day 4 – inspiring others by not being afraid to let my own imperfectness show. As Osgood says in “Some like it hot”‘s final scene “Nobody’s perfect.”

PS: for the ones interested in art/architecture: the church dates back to the 12th century and was originally constructed as a fortified church, the choir in which I am standing was added around the year 1440, the crucifix is a late gothic masterpiece from famous Tilman Riemenschneider and the oil on wood painting on the left side of the altar shows Adam & Eve with an interesting detail: a large pointer-type dog is sitting in front of them (early 17th century, from Nuremberg painter Paul Juvenell d.Ä.).

PPS: my “RAndom act of kindness” day 3 was – again – not really noteworthy: I just did NOT set an ant trail on fire whom I discovered going past the front door … as long as they stay outside they can do as they please, it’s their garden too 😉

9 thoughts on “North & South in Franconia … part 2 … The Viola of Doom feat. Jitterfinger

    1. sparkhouse1

      No, not deaf! Selective listener maybe? It wasn’t perfect but kudos for getting up there and I’m very impressed with your skill so far!

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      1. frauvonelmdings

        Thank you 🙂 … it will be better next year … hopefully with real vibrato then – not the stage fright shaky hand version 😉
        In fact I’m now considering buying a good e-piano and additionally renewing my piano skills so I can accompany myself… during the past 30 years I never realized just HOW much I’ve missed playing music … it’s all coming back – fascinating 😉

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        1. sparkhouse1

          I used to play the flute, and loved it. Then stopped and haven’t played in a very very long time. I don’t even remember how anymore. You did great, I even recognized that the music was from North and South, lol.

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        2. frauvonelmdings

          LOL … I’ve practised “Misty Mountains” some time ago, which sounds really nice on the viola and sent the soundfile to a friend and while she listened to it, her son shouted from the other room “hey, that’s that song from the Hobbit, isn’t it?” … he is my personal hero from now on 😉

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