Violinist Tai Murray discusses balance and colour in the first movement of the op.56 work for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, in the second of two articles
Every fingering and bowing that I choose, whatever I play, is guided by my aim to achieve a particular colour and emotional impact, and to communicate my understanding of each phrase. In this piece, when there are three soloists and an orchestra to bring together, of course, it’s really the conductor who has the final say. Whatever the soloists decide as a trio in rehearsals, and however many discussions you may have about doing things in a certain way, in the end much of it – in terms of timing, if not colour – will be out of your control. For certain types of personality this might be quite frustrating, but I enjoy going with the flow, so it doesn’t bother me at all!
Already subscribed? Please sign in
We’re delighted that you are enjoying our website. For a limited period, you can try an online subscription to The Strad completely free of charge.