Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Scherzo
|Getting the stroke right is the key - off the string but very close to the string||00h:00m:30s|
|Which part of the arm/hand is controlling the stroke?||00h:00m:50s|
|Tempo - right down the middle||00h:01m:40s|
|If you have trouble with the stroke, practice it détaché||00h:01m:55s|
|Ways of practicing while keeping the stroke consistent||00h:02m:34s|
|Mendelssohn composed the piece to evoke an atmosphere of fairies flying||00h:04m:07s|
|Ed plays the entire excerpt||00h:04m:38s|
Edward Gazouleas, violist of the Boston Symphony (ret.) and Viola Professor at Indiana University, plays and discusses the Scherzo from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Recorded Date: 21-03-2013
Edward Gazouleas is professor of viola at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He previously held the Lois and Harlan Anderson Chair in the Boston Symphony viola section and was on the faculties of Boston University College of Fine Arts, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center.
An active recitalist and chamber music player, Gazouleas performs frequently as a viola and piano duo with Pei-Shan Lee. He was a prize winner at the International String Quartet Competition in Evian, France, and has performed with members of the Borromeo, muir, Lydian, and Audubon string quartets.
He has held teaching positions at Boston Conservatory, Wellesley College, and Temple University and was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony under Lorin Maazel.
Gazouleas attended Yale and received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle.