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    Bach Solo Violin Sonatas: At heart a fugue

    Three centuries ago, Bach had completed his set of six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. In the first of two articles, Lewis Kaplan, senior member of the Juilliard School faculty, discusses interpretation of the three sonatas with reference to Bach’s autograph score

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    Villa-Lobos and the cello: A voice for Brazil

    Heitor Villa-Lobos began his musical career as a cellist and wrote numerous works for the instrument, including the monumental Second Cello Concerto. However, his primary interest lay in promoting the folk traditions of his Brazilian homeland rather than advancing the cello’s virtuoso repertoire, writes Felipe Avellar de Aquino

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    Session Report: Waxing Lyrical

    Violist Timothy Ridout’s recording of Schumann and Prokofiev transcriptions was the perfect opportunity to reconnect with a favourite vocal work from his childhood, as he tells Toby Deller

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Masterclass: Jan Vogler on Schumann's Fantasiestücke

Cellist Jan Vogler discusses how to colour these fantasy pieces using a mixture of technique and imagination

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Masterclass: Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.4

Cellist Lynn Harrell considers challenges and contemporary concepts in the first movement of a sonata conceived entirely in the imagination of a deaf composer

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Technique: Jazz soloing on the double bass

How to build from a simple bass accompaniment to an improvised solo line in a few basic steps

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How to nurture a musical prodigy

Early public exposure and adulation can overwhelm highly gifted youngsters. Catherine Nelson talks to expert teachers about how they help prodigies cope

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Bomsori: ‘The mentality at Juilliard was so different from what I was used to in Korea’

The South Korean violinist talks to Andrew Mellor about studying in the US and her experience so far of life as a professional soloist

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‘Practise difficult passages while standing on a rickety chair, or spinning around in circles’ – Evan Wilson

The former principal violist of the LA Philharmonic shares ideas to help you improve strength, endurance, flexibilty and control