As Bonn is the birthplace of the famous composer Ludwig von Beethoven, well, anything muscial here is named after him!
Tom and I met up to use on our of “new resident coupons” to watch a Beethoven Orchestra performance in the Beethoven Hall (See, I told you).
While I was listening, and watching the dynamics of the group, I felt a great reminisce.
I’ve learned the violin since I was 8, and I haven’t played since I was 16. I was in my school orchestra from grade 6 until grade 10. I couldn’t continue in grade 11 and 12 due to academics.
Just watching the the violin bows flowing up and down, accompanied by the melody of woodwind instruments, I remembered all the practices and excitement of performing in front of an audience. I was never considered the best violinist in my orchestra nor in school; frankly I was rather inconsistent with my performance and practice. Sometimes I can impress the conductor, while other times depress him.
I was rather amazed that I was able to inform Tom about the layout of an orchestra and history of music, composers, and music styles, even though it’s been 6 years since I’ve touched classical music. I looked back and realized how much I appreciate my music education, because frankly, not as many people are learning musical instruments as before. It’s rather fascinating that a lot of my friends I’ve met in my travels all stayed in touch because of knowledge of classical music.
Now I am determined to reconnect with violin again.