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"Ludwig van Beethoven: Space Traveler, Human Heart Explorer" from In the Key of Strawberry

Monday, March 02, 2020

Editor's Note: The following blog post originally appeared on Arnold Steinhardt's blog In the Key of Strawberry and is republished with permission. Steinhardt is the founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet and the author of two books: Violin…

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Music and Food

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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…

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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 favorite…

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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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A Meditation on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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An Apology for the Beethoven Violin Concerto

Friday, April 20, 2012

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

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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…

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SHAR's 3rd Annual String Quartet Competition

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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

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The Language of Tears

Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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Beethoven's Overlooked Masterpiece: the "Missa Solemnis"

Friday, December 23, 2011

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

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