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Articles from Vol. 27, No. 7, February

10 Ways to Improve Your School Orchestra Program
Focus on technique and give young students the tools to play with confidenceTeaching a group of budding musicians in an orchestra class can be one of the most edifying pedagogical experiences available to an instructor. This possibility is also what...
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4 Steps to Better Intonation, Chord Awareness & Musical Freedom
If the sound of a drone makes you groan, think againTHE PROBLEMYou're having trouble finding creative ways to improve your basic skills.THE SOLUTIONTry practicing with a drone. A drone, simply a fixed continuous pitch, can be a great practice tool, violinist...
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5 Minutes with Isabelle Faust
Isabelle Faust has released the second volume of J.S. Bach's Six Solo Sonatas & Partitas on the Harmonía Mundi label, performed on the "Sleeping Beauty" Pidivan violin, from 1704. She acknowledges that h represents a continuing study for her, during...
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A Collection of Time-Tested Cello ÉTudes for the Ages
Duport's exercises set the standard for modern cello technique and remain a fount of informationJean-Louis Duport's seminal collection of 21 Exercises in all the Major and Minor Keys, published in 1806, redefined cello technique. In these études, as...
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A Fresh Take on Mendelssohn's Complex Cello & Piano Works
DISCSA FRESH TAKE ON MENDELSSOHN'S COMPLEX CELLO & PIANO WORKSCellist Gary Hoffman affords these cherished pieces high respectMENDELSSOHN: THE MUSIC FOR VIOLONCELLO AND PIANO. Gary Hoffman, cello; David Selig, piano. (La Dolce I Vita/Harmonia Mundi)In...
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A Journey to India Teaches Violin Professor a 'Small' Lesson
Film doc sparks transformative experience for violinist, composer, and educator Gregory WalkerIn August 2010, Lehman College-CUNY assistant professor David Claman invited his old rock-band mate Gregory to collaborate on an East-West fusion recording...
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A Neglected Composer's Work Is Brought to Life in Two Schott Editions
A NEGLECTED COMPOSER'S WORK IS BROUGHT TO LIFE IN TWO SCHOTT EDITIONSTHREE LYRICAL PIECES, OP.73; TWO PRELUDESby Cyril Scott. Schott, euro19.99; euro14.99.The English composer Cyril Scott published 40 books on subjects as diverse as alternative medicine...
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An Irish Tale of Love at First Sight
'Star of the County Down' is a sentimental journey and a melodic tune that never gets old"Star of the County Down" is an Irish ballad set near Banbridge in CountyDown in Northern Ireland. The tune is a pentatonic melody that sometimes goes under the...
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As Time Goes By: How to Keep a New Violin Sounding Great
You can expect some changes as your new instrument 'settles in'It's love at last. After a search that at times seemed hopeless, you've finally found it. Some of your friends and family had reservations, but not enough to matter, and the important thing...
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A String Combo That Has Helped Reinvent the Trio Format
The Verdehrs mark 40 years of building a strong record for commissioning new worksForty years together, two dozen CDs, a clutch of DVDs, more than 200 commissioned works - the Verdehr Trio has more impressive stats than you'd find on any baseball card....
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Autumn 2012 Auction Results
Skinner hosted the first of the fall 2012 auctions October 14 with its Boston sale. A violin made by Cremona native Romeo Antoniazzi in 1914 sold for $63,600, a record for works by that violin maker and well above the $30,000 estimate.An Emile Ouchard...
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A Venetian Double Bass That Evokes a Lyrical History
Even on a 'bad' day, this 1749 Busan sings well at the MetHow does the Busan compare to your previous primary instrument (and what was that bass)?My previous instrument was an old, unattributed Italian bass - a common case with antique double basses....
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Bartok/eotvos/ligeti
BARTOK/EOTVOS/LIGETI. Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Modern, Peter Eotvos, cond. (Naive) These three works, composed in the 20th and 21st centuries, are not for the fainthearted. In the hands of Moldovan...
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Bow Maker Trained in Tradition & Rewarded for Innovation
STRINGS TRADEBenoît Rolland wins a MacArthur Grant for his pioneering use of synthetic materials, an ergonomie frog, and customizable partsThough we throw the word "genius" around casually in our society, there is usually little to no evidence backing...
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Brain over Braun Is the Key to Effective Practice
Violinist llya Gringolts encourages learning to analyze your technique and troubleshoot problem areasWhat do you feel you need to do on a daily basis to maintain your skill level?My practice routine differs somewhat from that of others and even from...
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Discreet Pickups for Committed-& Not-So-Committed-Players
Schertler's Stat-V and Basik violin pickups deliver convenience and a natural sound at an affordable priceLong known for its top-grade components and stylish presentation, Swiss pickup and amp maker Schertler has a well-earned reputation for high-end...
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Getting into the Community Spirit
Two years ago, amateur violinist Laima Martinskis of San Jose, California, decided to join a community orchestra and, surfing the Web, learned of the Winchester Orchestra of San Jose. The group requires prospective members to play a live audition, performing...
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How Does String Tension Affect Playability?
Lower-tension strings can make your instrument easier to play and more responsiveI am looking for low-tension strings for my violin. I've tried many violins and have been amazed at how effortless it has been to press the low-tension strings down on some...
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How to Be a More Attentive Orchestral Musician
3 things to keep in mind when learning the ABCs of orchestral string playingTHE PROBLEMYou have trouble staying focused in the orchestra and following the conductor's cues.THE SOLUTIONThe formula for playing in an orchestra is fairly straightforward,...
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Learn to Play Advanced String Literature with Structure & Flow
Find out how pedagogical legend Otakar Sevcik divided - and conquered - advanced string literatureIt's time. You've breezed through Suzuki, you've excelled onstage, you were always front chair in your school orchestra. Now it's onto one of the big boys:...
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MORE THAN A Pretty Face
Don't let his good looks - or his upcoming big-screen appearance as Paganini- fool you. Violinist David Garrett is the real dealInside the Manhattan recording studio of satellite radio-station SiriusXM Pops, violinist David Garrett is chatting with program...
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Painstaking Research Applied to a Masterpiece
PAINSTAKING RESEARCH APPLIED TO A MASTERPIECEBeethoven's Violin Concerto benefits from the scholarship of editor Jonathan Del MarBEETHOVEN CONCERTO IN D FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA, OP. 61Edited by Jonathan Del Mar. Bärenreiter urtext, euro10.50 (study...
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Plugging In: Electric Fiddles Are Opening Ears & Opening Doors
Picking up an electric stringed instrument isn't just about soundit can open up playing opportunitiesJoe Deninzon lived a double life. And ne'er did the twain meet. By day, in his violin practice room, Deninzon was a classically trained violinist by...
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The Rewards of Lalo's Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 12
In exciting duo work, violin and piano are true equalsEdouard Lalo's Sonata in D major, Op. 12, can be an exciting addition to violinpiano recital programs. Finding this beautiful sonata personally satisfying to perform, I have also experienced enthusiastic...
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