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"Colburn School Commencement Address" by Arnold Steinhardt

Friday, June 07, 2013

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

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The Ultimate Guide to Composer Sanity and Aesthetic Taste

Monday, April 29, 2013

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…

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A Violinist Plays Ugly

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I'm not sure how many of you all out there read Jeremy Eichler's profile in The New Yorker on the German violinist Christian Tetzloff. If you have, good on you. If you haven't, you should pick up a copy soon. Most likely the article – and Tetzlaff's…

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Violin Sheet Music: The Top Five List

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

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…

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Bach: An Homage to the Chaconne

Friday, March 23, 2012

As of Wednesday, J.S. Bach would be 327. In honor of his special day, I thought it would be fitting to give homage to one of his greatest works – arguably one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, especially for a stringed instrument – the…

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Does Classical Music Belong in a Bar?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

One of my favorite bars in Ann Arbor is Old Town Tavern: it's laid-back, unpretentious, and while the food isn't anything to write home about, it's decent bar fare. The drinks are reasonably priced, but not so cheap that you get college students…

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Telling a Story Musically: Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

SHAR Apprentice Megan Fedor takes delight in Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Part of the joy of this piece, she argues, is its specific, musical representation of the Gospel of St. Matthew. When asked the question, “What sacred music do you find…

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