Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor

said: Feb 11, 2009
 17 posts

I’m going to be doing Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor (all 3 movements) as a solo with the youth orchestra I’m in. I have the notes, but I am having trouble adding emotion on the arppeggio section of the 3rd movement. Does anyone have any tips? I would really appreciate it!

Community Youth Orchestra said: Feb 11, 2009
Community Youth OrchestraViolin, Viola
70 posts

When you write “emotion,” do you mean “phrasing?”

There are a couple things you can try:
1. Phrase by shape: crescendo as the pitch goes higher, decrescendo when the pitch goes lower (or try the opposite). Elicit these changes using the point of contact, rather than bow speed.
2. Phrase by meter: emphasize the feel of the meter (2, 3, 4, etc.)
3. Phrase by harmony: emphasize important chord (or non-chord) tones, draw attention to chord changes, apply different dynamics to different areas of major, minor, augmented, diminished, etc.

For example, check out the notes of the top of each downbeat in the arpeggios. If you just have those notes, what does it look like? I’ll be you can apply the concepts of shape and harmony there!

said: Feb 11, 2009
 17 posts

By emotion, I mean what makes it MUSIC, not just notes. I know that is something personal, and has to come from within, but I am having a little trouble concentrating that & the notes.

I had heard 1 & 2 before, but had never heard anyone say to phrase by harmony! I’m going to try that! I really appreciate all your tips!

said: Apr 10, 2009
 17 posts

Does anyone have a story, mental picture, or something like that for the 3rd movement? I know it sounds crazy, but it helps me alot.

FOR EXAMPLE: When I was learning a solo for with the orchestra, my teacher told me of a time when he was watching a brilliant sunrise above a civil war battlefield, & the song I was playing poped in his head.

Thank you for the tip Freesia! I’ll try it!

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