A musical spring cleaning

The rite of springtime
Here we are – Printemps finally here! To me, springtime means more daylight, less bulky clothing and an abundance of pastels. There are lots of new sounds – birds singing, children playing, baby animals scurrying and the sweet scent of flowers blooming.

Like pairing a fine wine with a gourmet meal
Pair your music with the season. Play and/or listen to light, beautiful pieces that are enjoyable but not particularly heavy such as Salut d’amour, Op. 12 by Edward Elgar or Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75 by Antonín Dvorák. Both doable for even the amateur violinist. And don’t forget “Spring” from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – I love talking to my students about the birdcalls.

Più leggiero
Alternatively, since life’s workload lightens, there is time for longer, more cerebral pieces such as the Three Sonatas and Three Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. I have an ongoing project of memorizing Partita no. 1 in B Minor. For me, playing unaccompanied Bach is like giving my violin playing a spring cleaning. It’s a miracle cure after the long season of orchestral playing.

Violinist Linda Beers is the creator of the Inspiration for Violinists, a 50 card deck. Each card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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