March 2018

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  • Viola player Lawrence Power talks about playing different instruments, good string teaching and why it’s important to challenge conventional wisdom
  • Collaborative making: luthiers finding success in combining their talents
  • Examining the notions of the ‘polyphonic performer’ and the ‘complete instrument’ in contemporary music
  • How to overcome the challenges and reap the rewards of teaching adult beginners
  • Evidence from Stradivari’s workshop that instrument cases were once made there



  • Life Lessons with the four string members of the Schubert Ensemble
  • Opinion: Why vibrato should never be overused
  • In Focus: A c.1776 viola by Domenico Busan
  • Trade Secrets: George Yu’s method for clamping a centre joint
  • My Space: Ukrainian luthier Orest Putsentela
  • Making Matters: Why it can be useful to measure a piece of wood’s density before carving
  • Masterclass: Julian Rachlin discusses the first two movements of Brahms’s Viola Sonata no.1
  • Technique: Grigory Kalinovsky on achieving perfect articulation in the left hand
  • Sentimental Work: Jennifer Stumm on what Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata means to her

Plus receive extra content in your bumper digital edition

  • Read our interview with Lawrence Power, and then enter our online competition to WIN one of ten copies of his latest CD
  • In Ros Stephen’s article on teaching adult beginners, try out the free exercises with downloadable backing tracks
  • Link straight to online content, such as Dimitri Musafia’s 2008 article on Cremonese instrument cases
  • Watch a video of David Stromberg playing Helmut Lachenmann’s 1969 Pression – which inspired Pwyll ap Siôn’s article on performing complex music
  • And another video of Ilya Kaler demonstrating left-hand articulation, as referenced in Grigory Kalinovsky’s Technique article
  • Plus, as ever, audio clips of the three recordings which earned our coveted ‘The Strad Recommends’ label

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