Anthea Kreston, the new violinist in the Artemis Quartet, has moved her family to Berlin, found a home and schools and is now settling into rehearsal. But before she can begin…. here’s the latest exclusive extract from her diary.
This week – Ecki’s wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Gregor finally came out of a week of a serious flu, Vineta broke a tooth, and I alternate between small victories and small mistakes. Jason and I now can rent cars at will. We have found a great school for Tzippy for the fall, and now can search for a place to live in that area. We have found a babysitter to allow Jason some practice time. Jason got a speeding ticket and my German is atrocious (but I am trying!). In a nutshell.
So – rehearsal prep. This section could either be for musicians (who may find it interesting or very annoying) or non-musicians.
Over the years, I have developed (as all musicians do) a way of getting from 0% prepared to 100%. There are three main sections of this – personal technique, historical knowledge, and score study. These three factors rely on one another, and grow in fits and starts. There is, of course, no way of getting to 100% – it is more of a vanishing point situation.
First – my practice set-up:
Pencils, yellow highlighter, and red pen
Three binders – my personal part, scores, and a copy of the original Artemis part – and preferably three stands
Collection of recordings of the pieces (some people like to listen to recordings and some don’t)
Tasty drink (or several)