Strings

Magazine covers personalities, classical and new music, news, events, instruments and gear that matter to string musicians.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, August/September

All Together Now
Finding KINDRED SPIRITS at your community school of the artsabout five years ago, Dana Perrigan embarked on a musical adventure. The 53-year-old San Francisco resident, who works as a copy editor at a local newspaper, wanted to learn to play the violin....
Belgian Duo
Joseph Jongen's chamber music lives on: violin and cello in a romantic settingTHE SONATE-DUO, OP. 109, for violin and cello by Joseph Jongen is an important successor to Maurice Ravel's Sonate in the Franco-Belgian string-duo literature of the first...
Bench MARKS
Archive AcquiredThe Times of London reports that the Royal Academy of Music has bought the archive of violinist YEHUDI MENUHIN for £1.2 million after striking a deal with the late musician's family that assures the "discreet" handling of Menuhin's "intimate"...
Burning Desire
WITH A RECENT, MUCH ACCLAIMED concert in Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall's new underground venue), a new solo record called World to Come (Koch, 7556), and high hopes for the future of so-called "classical" music, superstar cellist Maya Beiser stands on the...
Editor's NOTE
HE HAS LED A SEEMINGLY CHARMED LIFE, but Itzhak Perlman put in decades of hard work to attain his status as the best-known virtuoso of the violin. He also enjoyed the help of such illustrious teachers as Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. Since completing...
Electric Company
New amps and transducers from Schertler and Fishman prove less is moreMUSICIANS WHO WANT TO AMPLIFY their acoustic instruments face myriad choices. The electronic chain can include pickups, preamps, amps, and effects-often made by different companies....
Forgotten Works
New editions spotlight obscure 19th-century Polish quartetsFOR MOST OF US, the honor role of Polish composers makes for short reading, but that speaks more about us than about that country's historically vibrant musical culture. The Polish company PWM...
French Master
New CD and DVD bolster Christian Ferras' status as one of the all-time greatsTWO YEARS AGO, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Christian Ferras (1933-1982), French EMI issued a five-CD retrospective of the recordings he had made for...
Gypsy Soul
Developing a flair for Eastern European folk music is easier than you might thinkFEW THINGS WILL STIR A VIOLINIST'S AUDIENCE more easily than the soulful, passionate folk music of Eastern Europe. Even classical composers haven't been able to resist it....
Have Strings, Will Travel
Stefano Scodanibbio explores the uncharted terrain of the double bassStefano Scodanibbio is not a household name, and unless we all learn how to pronounce it, this avant-classical composer and innovative double bassist may remain unknown. "Just one thing,"...
Heavenly Heights
Record sales, the Menuhin collection, and a new auction archive highlight spring seasonTODAY YOU HAVE AGAIN PROVEN TO ME that there is a God in heaven," said Albert Einstein to Yehudi Menuhin after hearing the maestro perform in Berlin in 1929. Undoubtedly...
Home PAGE
STRINGSCONGRATULATIONS! Strings magazine has awarded $1,000 scholarships to four strings students. The recipients are cellist KRISTIN SIEBRANDS, 22, of Watertown, South Dakota, a senior at the University of South Dakota; violist JOYCE YACHING CHAN, 21,...
It's a Stretch!
An occupational-therapy perspective on player health and wellnessFREQUENTLY, THE EVENING NEWS warns of repetitive-strain injuries (RSI) and the plight of the office worker. Sitting at a computer for long periods of time, day in and day out, gradually...
Making the Grade
Virtuoso violinist ITZHAK PERLMAN applies the lessons he's learned onstage in his emerging role as an educatoritzhak Perlman has received more honors and titles than you can shake a bow at, but one title is especially important to him these days: professor....
Master of the Workbench
Hans Nebel, the reigning dean of violin restorationTHE FIRST THING YOU MIGHT NOTICE when you walk into Hans Jürgen Nebel's workshop is this sentence inscribed on the chalkboard: "A good violin maker is not expensive, (s)he is priceless." And priceless...
Police Net Fugitive Philanthropist
A New Jersey tycoon who made his fortune peddling tropical fish and other pet supplies has been arrested in Germany after fleeing the United States earlier this year when faced with arrest for tax fraud. German police took fugitive philanthropist and...
Proms Date
London dives in to its annual summertime classical-music splashSINCE ITS INAUGURATION IN 1895, the BBC Proms has become as much a part of the English summer as a Pimm's No. 1 Cup, strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, and sudden torrential downpours....
Readers WRITE
TRY TEACHINGI wanted to thank you for publishing an article on the ASTA String Project Consortium in the May 2004 issue. My alma mater, Illinois State University, is listed as one of 22 schools that participate. I believe that it is important for all...
Rest Assured
Choosing the chin rest that best suits your needsPAGANINI, THE GREATEST VIOLINIST OF ALL TIME, never once used a chin rest. The great maestro-known for his blistering speed and devilishly aggressive attack-was able to push his left shoulder so far forward...
Silva Anniversary
Remembering LUIGI SILVA, a titan of cello pedagogymy first visit two years ago to the legendary Cello Music Collection at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Jackson Library led me to a folder of photographs held there in the Suva Collection....
So You Want to Be in a String Quartet?
COLLEGES AND CONSERVATORIES are opening up to careers in chamber musicfour string players are closeted in a classroom at New England Conservatory just a few feet from HUH the landmark Jordan Hail. One plays a phrase from Henri Dutilleux's String Quartet...
The Listener
The greatest gift I ever received was to learn to play with feelingOn a lively walkstreet in front of a small cathedral, I put my case down, unfasten the latches, and lift my violin out by the neck. Having abandoned New York months ago, I've recently...
Three for the Road
Magic moments and missed opportunities in New York's spring chamber-music seasonSeven piano trios-a magic number-recently enlivened the New York chamber-music scene: Three were American, three European making their New York debuts, and one was international....
Time Traveling
Some thoughts on intonation in old-time Appalachian fiddlingA APPALACHIAN FIDDLING HAS NUVKR BEEN more mainstream is today. Alison Krauss won a Grammy Award this year for "Cluck Old Hen," fiddle and banjo music is heard in such major Hollywood as Cold...