Music over technique?

I finally got my bow back! It's been weeks, and in the meantime I became accustomed to my old bow. It's amazing-- I used the old one for 10 years, and yet, the past few weeks without my new bow I've felt like I can't produce the right sound or stroke. When I got the notification that my new bow arrived, I went up to the mail room and got it. I practiced for about 45 minutes, and found that now the new one isn't working quite right! Well, that's not exactly true-- I just need some time to adjust back to it. So the next few days will be interesting, but on the whole, I am SO thankful to have my super Eric Fournier bow back. And I'm so happy I have a few weeks before my recital so that I can adjust!

Speaking of which, yesterday I had a great rehearsal for the Schulhoff Trio, and this morning for the Brahms Sonata. A few days ago my Mozart trio met for the first time-- I think it's going to be a really great recital, though the last movement of my Reger Sonata is still under tempo-- a project that needs more attention.

Rehearsing with Nataliya Sukhina this morning, I was struck by how different it was to work on the Brahms than when I first learned the piece in 2006/2007. Back then, it presented certain technical challenges. Today, I am simply enjoying making beautiful music. It used to be about notes and shifts and vibrato and bow distribution, but now it's all about the emotion and character, and I have to say, it is amazing. It's really wonderful to realize that I am no longer  bogged down with the TECHNIQUE of playing viola-- I simply get to make music!

Happy practicing-- really happy! :)