Carole's Ten on Tuesday topic this week is a good one. I had a hard time deciding on just 10. There were a few top top choices, and then I got stumped trying to limit my list to just ten choices.
- David Epstein. He taught me how to be a better orchestral musician and pushed my musical limits. He also made me cry during my first week at MIT. My first audition for the symphony was a disaster; I was so nervous I could hardly play. I still appreciate that he gave me a second chance and put me into the orchestra (in the very back of the second violin section). I would love another chance to perform under his demanding baton. Even more, I want a chance to say thank you for giving me that chance one more time.
- Mozart. What would he have done with more years to compose? How would he approach music in the 21st century? I have the same questions about all the other great western art music composers.
- Jascha Heifitz.
- Vladamir Horowitz.
- Clara Schumann.
- Richard Rogers.
- Ella Fitzgerald.
- Billie Holiday.
- John Lennon.
- Pete Seeger.
Now I'm inspired to dust off my fiddle, get the moth-eaten (oops) bow rehaired, and add making music back into my regular list of creative pursuits. In all that free time I have every week.