Monday, October 28, 2013

Music Mondays | Mozart's Violin Concerto No 3 in G Major

 I have been working on Mozart's violin concerto #3 in G major for the last few months, and as I was browsing youtube for a good performance to listen to, I came upon this one of Hilary Hahn performing for His Holiness at the Vatican.  Isn't that amazing?

 “The music is not in the notes,
but in the silence between.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Victoria said...

So cool! Do you know why she has a cloth draped over the part she's resting her chin on, though? I've never seen anyone play violin with anything like that before.

Elizabeth Anne said...

Sometimes violinists will use a type of cushion or padding on their chin rest to make it more comfortable or to help their grip... I used to use a sponge type thing but now I don't need it anymore.

Victoria said...

Ohh, I see. I thought maybe she just didn't want to get makeup on it or something. :p

Joan said...

She is using a shoulder rest. A shoulder rest is to help keep the violin from slipping. I think the cloth is also used, I think, to help stop rubbing on the neck. I have a callous on my neck from my violin.

I thought she played it slower, which is strange. She plays the Bach partitas so fast. I also thought she played it rather legato. Did you notice that the first note she played was an up bow. When I played it, I started with a down bow. The second note was a down bow too.
Hilary Hahn is one of my favorite violinists!
Good luck with the Mozart!

Elizabeth Anne said...

I did notice her up bow at the beginning. I actually do down bows on the beginning double stop and the note following; I think it helps make the beginning a bit more dramatic.
She is one of my favorites too!
Thanks for commenting! :)

Joan said...

I definitely agree with you about the double down bow making it more dramatic. I think the down bow makes it more obvious that the soloist is coming in too.

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