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"Colburn School Commencement Address" by Arnold Steinhardt

Posted by Joseph Chapman on Jun 7, 2013 2:37:00 PM

The Guarneri String Quartet (photo by Erwin Fischer) and Charles Avsharian

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Topics: Education, Bach, Mozart, Arnold Steinhardt

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 Allegri's Miserere

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Apr 6, 2012 4:00:00 AM

 Miserere mei Deus secundum magnam misericordiam tuam...

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Topics: Music History, Mozart, Gregorian Chant

A Meditation on Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

Posted by Alberta Barnes on Mar 14, 2012 10:53:00 AM

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Topics: Classical Music, Strings, Music History, Mozart, Tchaikovsky

Why Do We Cry When We Listen to Music?

Posted by Joe Chapman on Mar 2, 2012 11:12:00 AM

I'm not sure if you all follow Alex Ross's music blog The Rest Is Noise but today I came across a post that has my brain in a tailspin. In a good way.

Ross's post is titled "The Appoggiatura Imbroglio", and whatever the words "appoggiatura" and "imbroglio" mean alone or together, the post is about Grammy-winner Adele and her song"Someone Like You". Apparently, the song makes EVERYONE cry. To help explain why, The Wall Street Journal featured an article on the science behind songs that make us cry. Here's what the article, "Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker", by Michaeleen Doucleff, says:

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Topics: Violin, Music History, Mozart

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