Whispering Pines Chamber Ensemble (松濤室內樂團)

An Ensemble of professional and amateur musicians pursue excellence in Chamber Music

Category: Music Education

Rehearse on J.S. Bach’s Music

Beginning on April 12, 2016, our ensemble rehearsed selected Taiwan Folk Songs arranged by Masaaki Hayakawa. On May 21, we were invited by Taiwan Economic and Cultural Center to perform during Taiwanese American Heritage Week (2016 橙縣臺灣傳統週 臺灣音樂欣賞 ) at their Orange County office. Our rehearsals continued with new Taiwan Folk Songs and recently, we switched to Baroque period music, on J.S. Bach compositions.

In the past, we had rehearsed Bach’s Orchestral Suite #2 and performed in two occasions: (1) 2013 Taiwanese American Heritage Week, and (2) NTU Alumni Choir Concert. In both concerts, we have violins, piano (substitute cembalo), bass clarinet (substitute cello), without viola. This time, we want to rehearse the music with a full string ensemble and piano. Another music piece we selected is J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #4. Marie will play the recorder, Grace on flute, Samuel on violin solo with the string ensemble and piano.

Dutch Bach Society (Nederlandse Bach Vereniging) started in 2013 the All of Bach program –performing and recording of all the works of Bach and published the works on line. Each composition is moved by musicians and equipped with necessary basic information for public. Dutch Bach Society was founded in 1921 and is likely the oldest Bach Society established in the World.

Bach’s Orchestral Suite #2 and Brandenburg Concerto #4 had been performed and published in All of Bach. Their performances are superb, and we love their interpretations of the music. In the next few months, we would like to complete the rehearsals and perform the music in public concerts.

Cynthia Tsai, Graduation Concert, 2016-05-28

Reference Books for Violin Playing:

Principles of Violin Playing & Teaching” by Ivan Galamian.

  1. The pictures and the examples are valuable references.
  2. Conclusion chapter “A few words for the teacher” helped my teaching.
  3. Postscript “Galamian in the studio” presents keys on practicing.

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Self Improvement in Violin Playing

Today, Vivaldi is recognized as the master of the violin concerto…. (http://www.artsjournal.com/palace/2012/04/lamentations-and-ululations-notes-before-a-program.html)9780521404990

(I). My Journey as An Amateur Violinist

I have taken private violin lessons in my teenage years. My teacher, Mr. Liu Chen was a member of the Taiwan Provincial Symphony Orchestra. He is very kind and patient. He guided me through the Suzuki books and a few concertos. My teacher demanded a lot on basics besides the Suzuki books, such as the scales and the etudes. My mother imposed very strict rules on my practicing schedule. Therefore, I have established solid skills.

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NTU Chamber Group 2008 Annual Recital

NTU Chamber group historically hosts an annual recital of remembrance & Thanksgiving to serve the community. The annual recital provided an opportunity for the students to perform in public. It provided a platform for the musicians to learn from each other and the event also served as a social gathering for the parents and the teachers. Besides annual recital, the group performed in churches, in Chinese festivals and homes of the group members and friends. Sometimes, the group was invited to perform in supporting the recitals from the other musical groups.

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Music Education in Taiwan

I was fortunate to learn violin playing in private lessons 50 years ago when this considered being the privilege of the elites and the rich class. Today, I am asking the same question “Is playing violin only the rights of the elite and the rich?”

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