"no matter how difficult the piece may be, it's a character of it that you wanted to communicate, not the fact that it's difficult." Miriam Fried
"The class begins with the master saying that the prelude, as an opening movement, is an invitation to listen. In this sense, she says that she would like to hear more exuberance. Then, she affirms that this prelude is, basically, perpetual motion, and she is interested in highlighting the importance of breathing on the violin. She mainly thinks about exhaling, and suggests that the student mark, on the score, where to exhale.
Later on, it is very interesting how the master knows that it is a lot of work to play this piece, but she does not want to hear that; she wants to hear the message: “I want a message. Listen to how much fun this is."" To achieve this, the student must work hard to improve her bowing: “Let go, you know, allow your weight to rest on your bow and make sure that you're moving from your arm, and that your hand is transmitting the information but not initiating it.""
"Focusing on a difficult aspect of this piece, Miriam Fried talks about the importance of being able to group and make sense of the enormous number of notes that must be played: “…if you combine these notes into units, and then you combine the units into longer units, you know you are making sense out of the notes. Nobody listens to the individual notes…and that's what I'm looking for. Not only identifying the groups, but identifying what's interesting about each one of them”.
Fried points out an error made by the student, which is that before each change of harmony, she always plays the first note of that section longer, “the essence of what is happening keeps switching, and yet you use the same tool to show it,"" therefore suggesting different possibilities so you don't always repeat the same thing.
-The prelude is basically perpetual motion
-The importance of breathing
-There should be a message
-Importance to feel the wight of the right arm
-Sometimes, it should sound lighter and clearer. And this is a job that is done with the bow
-It´s importante to try to play Bach with the baroque bow