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The Virtuoso

The man who plays the fiddle
  has a gift for the sublime.
He fingers with precision
   while he bows in perfect time.

He can handle tricky rhythms
  and the toughest double stops.
He commands a lengthy repertoire
  from classical to pops.

His legato (full vibrato!)
  yields a tone that’s quite complex.
He’s in it for the music,
  ’cause it doesn’t get him sex!

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Anna wrote:

    I love your poetry! It’s lighthearted and fun, a side of verse that’s been sadly neglected recently. This one in particular is absolutely charming!

    Monday, September 22, 2008 at 3:23 am | Permalink
  2. david schoenbaum wrote:

    Dear Mr. Emmons,
    I tried to reach you yesterday (October 2, 2012) and herewith try again.
    My social history of the violin, viz.
    http://books.wwnorton.com/books/The-Violin,
    is about to go to production.
    I want to use your wonderful Paganini poem (Paganini, Paganini, mortal, demon, witch or genie).
    I need your permission.
    I’d be grateful if you’d get back to me soonest and/or to my editor, Jeff Shreve, jshreve@wwnorton.com
    David Schoenbaum,
    6050 California Circle, #403,
    Rockville, MD 20852,
    (301) 770-0895

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink
  3. Scott wrote:

    David, I just sent an email granting permission. I’m thrilled to have you use the poem in your book!

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

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