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Trade Secrets: A workshop facility to measure violin family acoustics

2024-06-18T08:31:00+01:00

Creating an apparatus for routine quick and easy measurements while making and setting up the violin and related instruments

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My Space: Roger Hansell’s Leyburn workshop

2024-06-13T08:01:00+01:00

Take a tour of the Yorkshire shop

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Masterclass: violist Tabea Zimmermann on Hindemith Sonata for solo viola op.25 no.1

2024-06-12T08:03:00+01:00

Zimmermann shares a lyrical approach to a characterful, multifaceted work, in this article from April 2015

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The Henschel Quartet: ‘Music will never let you down’

2024-06-11T08:31:00+01:00

The Henschel Quartet celebrates its 30th anniversary this season. Co-founder and violist Monika Henschel-Schwind speaks to Andrew Stewart about the group’s longevity, and looks forward to the premiere of Freda Swain’s neglected ‘Norfolk’ String Quartet at Aldeburgh this summer

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In Focus: A 1927 violin by Evasio Emilio Guerra

2024-06-07T08:31:00+01:00

Andrea Schudtz examines the Turin maker’s early 20th-century instrument

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Pierre Rode: The Rode less travelled

He is best remembered for his didactic 24 Caprices, but there’s much more to Pierre Rode. For the French virtuoso’s 250th anniversary, Charlotte Gardner reveals a colourful life story and hears from the German violinist Friedemann Eichhorn, who has revived and recorded all of Rode’s 13 violin concertos

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All-female string quartets after the First World War

In the second and final part of his survey, Tully Potter reveals the extent of the explosion of all-female quartets that occurred after the First World War in the UK, Europe, the US and the Soviet Union, as well as notable mixed ones

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German bow makers in America: Across the Atlantic

Many, if not most, of the earliest bow makers working in America originally hailed from Germany. Raphael Gold discovers how they helped lay the foundations for the industry

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Sphinx Organization: Change for good

For the past quarter-century the Sphinx Organization has worked tirelessly to bring much-needed diversity to the US classical music scene. Bruce Hodges examines its achievements, and hears from its founder and its president about the future

RCM students rehearsing at Wigmore Hall (c) Phil Rowley

'When someone is healthy inside, it sounds that way' - Mental health services in conservatoires

Rita Fernandes hears from administrators, counsellors and teachers from music schools about what defines a successful conservatoire mental health support system

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Pierre Rode: The Rode less travelled

He is best remembered for his didactic 24 Caprices, but there’s much more to Pierre Rode. For the French virtuoso’s 250th anniversary, Charlotte Gardner reveals a colourful life story and hears from the German violinist Friedemann Eichhorn, who has revived and recorded all of Rode’s 13 violin concertos

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Technique: Violist Clifton Harrison on bowing arm movement

Clifton Harrison examines continuity and intention in the right arm

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‘Savour every moment’ - violinist Sarah Chang’s life lessons

The US violinist reflects on the lessons learnt from her unique upbringing

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Masterclass: violist Tabea Zimmermann on Hindemith Sonata for solo viola op.25 no.1

Zimmermann shares a lyrical approach to a characterful, multifaceted work, in this article from April 2015

Technique: Practising 5ths

Violinist Nicholas Dupont outlines using simplification to achieve better technique

Masterclass: Franck Violin Sonata on double bass, first movement

Taking inspiration from Jacqueline du Pré and singers, double bassist Michael Rieber shares tips on cultivating Franck’s delicate sound world, despite playing stratospherically high on the instrument

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Pierre Rode: The Rode less travelled

He is best remembered for his didactic 24 Caprices, but there’s much more to Pierre Rode. For the French virtuoso’s 250th anniversary, Charlotte Gardner reveals a colourful life story and hears from the German violinist Friedemann Eichhorn, who has revived and recorded all of Rode’s 13 violin concertos

T25736_Ebsworth Quartet L to R Elizabeth Hunt Eleanor Warren Eileen Ebsworth Phyllis Ebsworth

All-female string quartets after the First World War

In the second and final part of his survey, Tully Potter reveals the extent of the explosion of all-female quartets that occurred after the First World War in the UK, Europe, the US and the Soviet Union, as well as notable mixed ones

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German bow makers in America: Across the Atlantic

Many, if not most, of the earliest bow makers working in America originally hailed from Germany. Raphael Gold discovers how they helped lay the foundations for the industry

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Sphinx Organization: Change for good

For the past quarter-century the Sphinx Organization has worked tirelessly to bring much-needed diversity to the US classical music scene. Bruce Hodges examines its achievements, and hears from its founder and its president about the future

RCM students rehearsing at Wigmore Hall (c) Phil Rowley

'When someone is healthy inside, it sounds that way' - Mental health services in conservatoires

Rita Fernandes hears from administrators, counsellors and teachers from music schools about what defines a successful conservatoire mental health support system

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Grace, charm and effortless elegance: remembering violinist Jacques Thibaud

To mark the 70th anniversary of the death of French violinist Jacques Thibaud, Tully Potter looks back at the life of one of the 20th century’s most influential musicians

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    Violin maker Otto Schünemann: A Romantic visionary

    Although Otto Schünemann’s violins were praised by everyone from Vuillaume to Sarasate, his name is barely recognised today. Clifford Hall tells the story of this idealistic luthier who strove to bring the glories of the Cremonese masters to 19th-century Germany

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    In Focus: A c.1800 violin by Joseph Panormo

    Andrew Fairfax on the UK-based Italian maker’s turn-of-the-century instrument

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    The Strad Calendar 2024: The Fulton collection

    The Strad Calendar 2024 pays tribute to one of the 20th century’s finest stringed instrument collections, put together in just a couple of decades by American violin collector David L. Fulton. Christian Lloyd examines the treasures

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The Fulton collection: Magnificent obsession

For decades, top soloists would visit the home of David Fulton to sample the treasures of his legendary collection. Now dispersed, the instruments have been brought together again in book form. The collector shares some of the highlights with Christian Lloyd

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The Fulton collection: Magnificent obsession

For decades, top soloists would visit the home of David Fulton to sample the treasures of his legendary collection. Now dispersed, the instruments have been brought together again in book form. The collector shares some of the highlights with Christian Lloyd

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