Tag: violin

Gidon Kremer does not play politics

Monday, 27 February, 2017 0 Comments

The great Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer is 70 today. “Politics,” he once said, “represents only the surface of things. Music speaks with an outstretched hand, not with a clenched fist. It is an offering to the listener, and its profundity can only be established on the basis of service, not on the grounds of self-indulgence or meaningless stardom.”

Henry Flynt: obscure, genius musician

Saturday, 9 March, 2013 0 Comments

“Near the conclusion of ‘Hillbilly Jive,’ the composer goes into a bit of high-pitched violin playing that is amazingly evocative, bringing to mind the sounds of traditional Appalachian hollerin’, heard at a great distance.” The violin/fiddle player in question here is the American philosopher Henry Flynt, “a composer of the post-Cage school who quickly turned completely against modernist music and created his own Flynt genres, primarily through radicalizing Southern musical forms like Bluegrass, Country, and Country Blues-elevating them to an enchanted level, much as Coltrane did with the jazz of his time.” So declares UbuWeb, which has put a treasure trove of Flynt’s music online. This is the sublime You Are My Everlovin’.

Going to the fiddle clinic

Sunday, 13 January, 2013 0 Comments

The history of playing music on bowed instruments is ancient. The “fiddle” family is present in almost every culture, but no specific occasion celebrates the great contribution to society that this group of instruments has made. Time, then, for World Fiddle Day, which will be initiated this year. The month of May, a time of […]

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The telephone, the secador and the tree trunks

Thursday, 21 June, 2012

Giovanni Battista Rogeri (ca. 1642 — ca. 1710) was born in Bologna and was sent to Cremona to be apprenticed to Nicolo Amati. After surviving the terrible years of the Plague, he started his own workshop in Brescia and there made some of finest violins in history. All of this, and more, can be found […]

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And the Amati goes to the Russian gentleman at the back

Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

An eagerly-awaited sale of valuable violins will take place at Sotheby’s in New Bond Street today. The most envied instrument in the lot dates from 1682 and was made by Nicolò Amati. The pre-sale estimate is between £250,000 and £350,000. The Amati family of Cremona is one of the most distinguished names in the history […]

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Fitting the soul of a fiddle

Friday, 24 February, 2012

According to the violin care experts: “The fit of your soundpost inside your instrument is crucial for good sound production. Each post is custom cut to fit precisely in a specific position. A poorly fit soundpost can impede the transference of sound energy and can even damage the table or back of your instrument.” The […]

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