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Music and Food

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 17, 2014 3:43:00 PM

It seems like our culture has gone from an obsession with quick meals and TV dinners to a fascination with and respect for farm-to-table preparation. All of which is to say: being a foodie is no longer a fringe obsession, it's totally mainstream! And so today's guest blog asks the burning question of our time: Were any of our favorite composers also foodies?

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Topics: Beethoven, Rossini, Mahler, Haydn, Food, Classical, Romantic

The Ultimate Guide to Composer Sanity and Aesthetic Taste

Posted by Guest Blogger on Apr 29, 2013 4:17:00 PM

Ever wondered just how crazy and/or avant garde your favorite composer was? SHAR Apprentices James Engman and Josephine Llorente have put together this handy graph! It displays, on X and Y axes, the relative sanity and aesthetic taste of your favorite compsers. Agree, disagree, or think the graph needs a slight change? Leave a comment for the SHAR Apprentices below!

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Topics: Beethoven, Sheet Music, Bach, Brahms, Classical Music, Music History

Violin Sheet Music: The Top Five List

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Aug 1, 2012 4:14:00 PM

Over the years I have purchased sheet music, borrowed violin sheet music from the library, and given away scores upon scores (pun intended) of other pieces of violin sheet music. But of all the pieces that have been given and taken away, I have found that the following five books will stay with me.

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Topics: Violin, Beethoven, Sheet Music, Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Kreisler

A Meditation on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Jun 12, 2012 7:00:00 AM

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Topics: Beethoven, Classical Music, Music History

An Apology for the Beethoven Violin Concerto

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Apr 20, 2012 7:00:00 AM

I defend Beethoven's Violin Concerto, a piece which I ardently love.

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Topics: Violin, Beethoven, Classical Music, Violin Concerto, Violin Repertoire

Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major: Am I Allowed to Dislike It?

Posted by Joseph Chapman on Apr 18, 2012 2:43:00 PM

In last week's series of letters, Alberta Barnes and I discussed Saint-Säens's Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78. This week we're tackling Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major, which, for some reason, left me feeling indifferent. Want to defend Ludwig? Have a favorite piece you want us to write about? Leave a commment below or send me an email at joec@sharmusic.com.

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Topics: Violin, Beethoven, Classical Music, Violin Concerto

SHAR's 3rd Annual String Quartet Competition

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Apr 17, 2012 11:50:00 AM

SHAR Music is proud to announce the winners of its third annual Quartet Competition!

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Topics: Violin, Parents, Education, Beethoven, Viola, SHAR, Cello, Auditions, High School, Classical Music, Chamber music, Dvorak, SHAR Apprentice, Schubert, Strings, String Community, Performance

The Language of Tears

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Mar 7, 2012 6:33:00 PM

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Topics: Beethoven, Classical Music, Music Theory

Beethoven's Overlooked Masterpiece: the "Missa Solemnis"

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Dec 23, 2011 10:15:00 AM

SHAR Apprentice and violinist Alberta Barnes makes the case for one of Beethoven's lesser-known masterpieces.

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Topics: Beethoven, Classical Music

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