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Learning Jazz Violin? A Drummer Is a Jazz Violinist's Best Friend

Friday, August 24, 2012

Today's guest blog is from teacher and violinist Christian Howes. Mr. Howes shares some great advice for musicians: make friends with someone who, through their background or training or experience, has something to teach you. Often we gravitate…

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Response to "The Value of a Music Degree"

Monday, July 16, 2012

Guest Blogger Dee Braxton-Pellegrino owns a horse farm in NC and works as a professional musician. She’s sharing a blog in response to Alberta’s post "The Value of a Music Degree".

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A Meditation on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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It's Impossible to Talk About Music

Monday, June 11, 2012

I'm not sure if you readers out there in the blogosphere subscribe to Richard Dare's blog for The Huffington Post. Dare is the CEO and Managing Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and he has a surprisingly sharp and entertaining blog going. (I say…

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What I Learned from Performing in a Restaurant

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

… besides how to play Italian songs with as much schmaltz as possible and how to avoid stabbing the servers with my bow.

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Cello Sheet Music Recommendation: Elgar's Cello Concerto

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dear Alberta,It's fitting that such an elegaic concerto is the last concerto of our letters. (Sad face!) Edward Elgar composed his cello concerto, Op. 85, in the summer of 1919; it's hard to ignore the fact that he composed the concerto in Sussex,…

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"Going Home" -- Dvorak and America

Friday, April 27, 2012
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Quiz: Which Classical Composer are You?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I know you've wondered who you'd be if you were a composer. Here's your opportunity to find out!

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Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12: Is There Anything American About It?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

In this week's letter to the violinist Alberta Barnes, I try to figure out what's so American about Dvořák's String Quartet No. 12.  

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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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