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The German Violin-Making Tradition - An Intro

Monday, August 08, 2017

While Cremona, Italy, is generally accepted as the birthplace of the violin, instruments by the great Cremonese makers quickly found themselves in the hands of skilled German craftsmen, who happened to live in a geographic and economic sweet-spot for…

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String Players Should Know About The French Violin Making Tradition!

Wednesday, August 08, 2017

The history of the violin is a bit like the evolution of a migratory species. It didn't come about all in one place or all at one time; various factors influenced it's changes over centuries, and in many ways we are still writing the violin's history…

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The Ultimate Guide to Composer Sanity and Aesthetic Taste

Monday, April 04, 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 Meditation on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Tuesday, June 06, 2012
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"Going Home" -- Dvorak and America

Friday, April 04, 2012
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Dvorak's String Quartet No. 12: Is There Anything American About It?

Wednesday, April 04, 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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The Glory of Saint-Saëns' "Organ" Symphony

Thursday, April 04, 2012
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A Meditation on Allegri's Miserere

Friday, April 04, 2012

 Miserere mei Deus secundum magnam misericordiam tuam...

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A Meditation on Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

Wednesday, March 03, 2012
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Why Do We Cry When We Listen to Music?

Friday, March 03, 2012

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…

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