Requiem for String Trio

"I'm moving to Indianapolis in 3 weeks", O announced in an email. His wife had moved there for work and he was to follow after wrapping up affairs here. Among the things to wrap up was our string trio. About 5 years ago, he asked if I was interested in playing in a string trio …

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Borodin in the Snow

Saturday: Cloudy with light snow likely. High 25. Light W wind. Chance of snow 70%. Up to an inch of snow is expected. Our quartet was scheduled to meet today, Saturday. An email check the previous night revealed everyone was somewhat worried except for the V1 (first violin), in whose home we always met. "Let's …

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The German

It only took a few frustrating months with my rental cello to realize that I would have to get my own to make any sort of progress. Knowing how expensive instruments could get, and to make sure that the journey I had embarked on wasn't just some fantasy I would tire of in a few …

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Aranjuez

The tour guide stood up, "And on your right, you will see the Palacio Real de Aranjuez". My head jerked up and strained to catch a glimpse of the palace. All I saw was a blur, but I heard in my head the unmistakable opening guitar chords of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. As a child, …

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