Jun 28, 2011

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Today’s post at A Close Shake comes to us from a guest author, Jerome Cardan. Jerome is an established writer of mathematics, medicine and astrology (oops, probably shouldn’t have shared that one, sorry J.) He is also an Italian with a slight flair for the dramatic in prose. Why do musicians rarely become rich? (That […]

Jun 23, 2011

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The genesis of vibrato in instrumental performance has long been thought (and taught) to have made it’s way across the great divide originating in the vocal world. Indeed, this is what many sources today state. Possible points of origin include early Italian opera (which seems to have been the first adopter of the trembling voice) […]

Jun 20, 2011

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While perusing a not so recent edition of The Strad (pub. 1898) looking to further my research, I couldn’t help but enjoy the advertising and think about how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Tucked in between articles about violin maintenance and biographies of prominent string players of today 1898 and […]

Jun 14, 2011

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An article came across my desk today (well, my desktop on my computer, but never mind) by Tom Service of the Guardian about the ensemble Spira Mirabilis. And while this group is not unique in their approach to making music sans conductor, Mr. Service touts it as “the future of orchestral music.” Unfortunately I have […]

Jun 13, 2011

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For the first installment of this blog, I bring to you a few excerpts from the eighth edition of The Secrets of Violin Playing (pub. 1890-1900) by William Crawford Honeyman. This book, now over one hundred years old, contains everything from how to hold your violin to selecting the correct chin-rest and strings (and even […]

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