Chaconne #8 – Private performance, Bridgeport, Connecticut

#8)  Better than last night. Still need to craft a better working method for developing the right internal balance between rhythmic groove and rhythmic freedom.  Nice to play the same work, with the same bow and violin, in a larger more sound-friendly space.   A moving experience for my audient.

2 Comments

  1. Yenoin Guibbory
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Shem for a performance I will always remember. The occasion, being a part of personal life-changing events, was one only you could have given. The opening of the Bach was spacious yet metrically clear; the dance-based movements rendered clearly so; the chaconne inexorable and transformational – certainly to this listener. Hearing you perform in a space redolent with the memories of dearly departed was a wonderous, magical experience. I can only wish the same for other listeners along this journey.

  2. Shem
    Posted November 22, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Folks, Yenoin was my very first violin teacher. Two of the earliest exercises I remember are ones he gave me: playing single notes against the adjacent open string -teaching me to listen to the difference tones – and then applying that to playing perfect fifths and fourths. Not only does is technique required in the Chaconne, it also was one of the things that first amazed Steve Reich when he heard me play: he finally found a violinist that could play perfect fifths and fourths in perfect tune! Amazing indeed.

    Thank you Yenoin, I love you.

    Shem