|Chester Arthur Warwick, far right, ca 1923-1933, photographer unknown, probably Columbus, Ohio|
Violin would not have been my first choice of instrument though I didn't really think about it much at the time. A violin was available and it was always assumed that I would play it. I found practicing violin more torture than pleasure. (Who wants to listen to yourself screech when you could listen to your virtuoso sister!) Once a piece was learned and you could actually play it, now that was heaven on earth.
My first recital is indelibly written in my memory and preserved on film as well. I can still remember my knees shaking and am thankful that no video or audio recording remains! I made it through the piece but only because Mrs. Rumberg relinquished at the last minute and allowed me to use my music.
|Liz Stratton, Mrs. Rumberg's Recital, Longmont, Colorado|
Sepia Saturday 99 features a photograph depicting a troop of musicians including a few fiddlers. Had such a 'gypsy' ensemble been one of the school's musical groups, I would, no doubt, have practiced my school music more! For other takes on this musical theme, see Sepia Saturday.