Wow, I've had this weekend off. It's been amazing. I've been practicing and running and knitting and sleeping. I feel refreshed and ready for the rest of the semester. It's amazing what a few days off will do for the spirit!
As you know, I am on a one-year appointment at Texas Tech University, so I have reapplied for the full-time tenure-track position. I have also applied to the two other universities in the country that have openings for viola professors. I hope to be a finalist at at least one of the schools. If I am, I will most likely have to perform a recital, so I've been going over repertoire, trying to decide what to prepare.
Seeing as I recently performed the Brahms E flat sonata and the Reger g minor solo suite at Tech, I'm looking at other options. It's always good to show your versatility, and performing pieces the TTU crowd hasn't already heard is probably best. I've been practicing the first movement of the Brahms f minor, which I learned a very long time ago. It is interesting to see the fingering choices I made back then-- I'm changing a lot of them now. I find it fascinating to see how I have evolved as a musician.
I'm also working on the last movement of Hindemith's 1937 solo sonata. It's difficult and has a really flashy ending, so is a good choice of "hire me" repertoire. I learned this piece a few years ago, and performed it on my last Doctoral recital at the University of North Texas. Here's part of the last page:
Even in this work, which is a fairly recent addition to my repertoire, I am wanting to change some fingerings. For example, going from the second to the third measure of the Lebhaft, I used to shift into second position for the double-stop on the downbeat, but now I'm preferring to stay in first position and shift at the F#, as seen below:
I don't recall why I chose to shift on the double-stop when I first learned the piece, but now it feels better to stay in first position. Playing evolution at its finest! It's so fun to explore the little details and figure out exactly what works best for me now, as opposed to a few years ago.
Happy practicing indeed!