The Emerson Quartet reflects on 47 years of music making as it embarks on its farewell tour

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Emerson Quartet: The veteran American foursome will finally disband in the summer of 2023. Bruce Hodges discovers how the group has changed since its formation in 1976

Black Community Orchestras in the US: Violist Eliesha Nelson traces the history of ensembles made up entirely of African American musicians – and discovers a rich and almost unreported story

Caroline Shaw: The violinist, violist and composer tells Toby Deller about the myriad influences on her work, and why oranges have played an important part in her creative output

The Brothers Abell: Despite being almost polar opposites, Americans Arthur and Edward Abell both became associated with fine instrument collections. Clifford Hall tells their stories

Session Report: For the members of the Chiaroscuro Quartet, Mozart’s three ‘Prussian’ quartets are perfect vehicles for their love of spontaneity, as they explain to Toby Deller

François Nicolas Voirin: Matt Wehling completes his study of the 19th-century French bow maker’s work, examining changes in the bow stick and pointing out the clues to dating his work


In our regular sections:

In Focus: Jonathan Marolle examines a c.1750 violin by Venice-based luthier Santo Serafin

Trade Secrets: Mark Schnurr demonstrates his method for casting a scroll using foam

My Space: The Huthmaker family of violin and bow makers, based in Suwanee, GA, US

Making Matters: How modern technologies can be integrated into the luthier’s arsenal

Masterclass: Tips on playing Schumann’s Violin Sonata no.1, with Alexandra Wood

Technique: Improving sound projection with cellist Herre-Jan Stegenga

Life Lessons: The memories and opinions of German cellist Thomas Demenga

Opinion: How teachers can help students deal with feelings of futility and despair

Postcard from California: A report from the 2022 Music in the Vineyards festival

From the Archive: From November 1932

Sentimental Work: Cellist Nicolas Altstaedt on Dvořák’s Piano Trio no.4 ‘Dumky’

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Plus, in the November issue digital edition:

  • Postcard from California: View more photos from the Napa Valley’s Music in the Vineyards festival, including photos from the Maxwell Quartet’s well-received performance
  • Session Report: read about the Chiaroscuro Quartet’s interpretation of Haydn’s ‘Prussian’ Quartets, while listening to clips from the recently released album
  • My Space: more from Dixie, Roland and Anna Huthmaker’s shop in Suwanee, Georgia, once a hotel frequented by Gone with the Wind’s Margaret Mitchell
  • Reviews: a round-up of string performances from the Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms 2022
  • Making Matters: more from Paul Noulet and Benoit Dupeux’s dual investigation into bringing modern technologies into the luthier’s workshop 
  • Plus, clips from the trio of recordings leavened with the denomination ‘The Strad Recommends’ 

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