Kreisler at night

And now for something completely different...

I started writing here in an attempt to open up things about my life that have been somewhat private, but in my own self-indulgence I've felt I ought to share a little more. It's not just thoughts on climate or physics or science that I'm trying to put out here. And the tone's been far too serious lately, so for something a bit lighter... Here's what I've been torturing my kids with the last few weeks, as I've taken up a bit more serious violin practice again, something I hadn't done quite as much of in many years.

  • Liebesleid ("Love's sorrow") by Fritz Kreisler. Missing the piano accompaniment (as are the others - I'll try to get Shelly to play along next time). I had this pretty much perfect at a summer music camp I attended 30 years ago, as a 14-year-old. I do recall my teacher saying at the time I was too young to understand "love's sorrow" - I thought differently at the time, but I guess I do know a little more now - and of love's joys as well...
  • Schön Rosmarin ("Fair Rosmarin") again by Kreisler. Yes, it needs more practice...
  • Tango by I. Albeniz, arranged by Kreisler. Falls apart a bit in the middle, and there's a bunch of issues with tuning and balance on the double-stops... slightly improved from a couple of weeks back though so there's hope.