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Violin Lessons: Shostakovich - Symphony #5, 1st Mvt, opening - 2 after Reh. 5

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The opening of Shostakovich's
5th Symphony is all about rhythm.
It needs to have an exact rhythm for the
opening, not a stylized one.
So that means that even though you see 30
second notes.
You need to count those exactly, it's just
one-eighth of a quarter note.
So rather than something too tight like
this.
[MUSIC]
It should be exactly
one-eighth of a quarter note.
[MUSIC]
And should have a real strength so
instead of sounding like a grace note it
should have it's own weight.
[MUSIC]
That cutoff into the rest
should have energy, it should
be an exact cutoff, not casual.
Also important to note that the diminuendo
starts later than most people tend to
play it.
So continuing from there you stay forte.
[MUSIC]
It's only those
last three notes that dim.
Now, in the next section what you want is
an absolutely smooth emotionless sound.
It doesn't have to be expressionless.
There can be a little vibrato but
Shostakovich is very careful about what he
marks and here all you need are extremely
smooth changes and a very even sound.
[MUSIC]
That's
all that's
needed.
The, the committee wants to hear that you
can do that with the section.
Just before a figure two.
When you have the 16th rest, the releases
or
the cut offs into those rests need to
reflect a character.
In other words they shouldn't just die.
[MUSIC]
But instead they should
go right up until the rests.
It's of, thought with a lot of tension.
Then once the crescendo starts they notes
should crescendo into the rest.
[MUSIC]
If you're asked to play
through the bar of figure two and
after we play those as tremels
rather than even 32nds.
Now let's look at any descending scale in
this excerpt.
Unless it's marked otherwise they should
all be smooth and so
all the shifts that you do should,
contribute to that.
If you look at figure four.
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Here you shift
on the half steps.
[MUSIC]
And that gives you
a really seamless slur.
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