My Interview…it has finally arrived! This year it was considerably harder to get an interview, seeing as my person is not so well known to the general public. I really had to dig deeper to find a knowledgeable expert on my person. Despite my many failed attempts, in the end I was able to reach out locally and speak with my violin teacher on this topic.
So to trace my steps back to step one…
My first attempt to secure an interview was about one month ago, starting with an inquiry to the Juilliard School of Music. Being the prestigious music school that it is, I assumed that there would be at least one professor with significant knowledge on Niccolo Paganini. I contacted their general human resources department with the email following.
- How does playing Paganini change a violinist’s technique or musical style?
- In your opinion, what made Paganini so unique from any other violinist in his time?
- What would be one key factor that would help you successfully play Paganini’s music?
- Has the way violinists play Paganini changed at all in the last 50 years or so, or is it still stylistically quite similar?
I believe that sending these questions in advance really helped me receive the answers that I wished to hear. Although I received these after the official Night of the Notables, I was still incredibly interested in these answers and even it was only for my own personal knowledge and for this blog post, I still think it was very valuable. By clicking this link, you can hear the audio recording of my interview. I apologize in advance if the audio is not very clear.
Through these four questions, I learned a lot more about Paganini as a violinist than I ever could from a biography. This knowledge was really valuable because it also provided me with a deeper understanding of Paganini’s technique and musical style, which I can apply not only to this project but also to my violin practice. Although this was a bit different from the traditional information we get from a school project interview, I found that the answers given were more beneficial to me personally and it only improved my previous knowledge about Paganini. Night of the Notables may be over, but my keen interest in Paganini hasn’t died down just yet.
This year, it may have been tougher to get an interview and it may have caused a bit of internal panic, but it was still a great learning experience especially because it wasn’t so easy. It was completely different from the ease in which I acquired my interview last year although it wasn’t any less valuable. Compared to the rest of my research this year, this interview was really valuable on a personal scale. Reading a biography definitely let me know more about Paganini’s life, but I felt that the interview allowed me to step into Paganini’s mind for a bit through the mind of an expert. Despite the project being over, I would still like to know more about Paganini as a violinist such as the fingerings and bowings he used. I hope that my teacher would be willing to share some more of his expertise at my next lesson.
Nevertheless, I enjoyed this experience regardless of the hardships and I’m slightly sad that this is my last Eminent Interview, but I look forward to whatever the future will bring next!
Thanks for reading and my last two eminent posts for this year are coming very soon!
My division of 50 points: