Today is Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day – the day the guns fell silent in World War 1. And I thought it fitting to look at this incredible piece of music by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending. The Lark Ascending was first composed in 1914 for violin and piano. However, due… Continue reading The Lark Ascending
It’s NAIDOC week in Australia. During this week we celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as a vital and important part of Australian culture. There is a strong culture of music in Aboriginal culture. In their beliefs, they talk about songlines. These are the paths across the sky and sometimes the land that mark… Continue reading Wirrangintungiyil – Eric Avery
Following up from yesterday’s post about the top five historical violinists, today we have the top five modern violinists. These are the violinists that if they come to do a concert in your town, you should do everything you can to get to see them. These are the ones that you should be watching and… Continue reading Top Five Modern Violinists
There are many brilliant violinists around today, and tomorrow I will share with you my five favourite modern day violinists. But all of these violinists are built on the shoulders of the greats who came before them. The Romantic Period of Western art music (1830-1900) produced the greatest violin compositions. However, it is in the… Continue reading Top Five Historical Violinists
In the spring of 1825, Ignaz Schuppanzigh, an Austrian violinist, was engaged to perform the premiere of Beethoven’s latest string quartet, written some 15 years after his last quartet which premiered in 1810. Schuppanzigh, with his quartet consisting of Karl Holz on second violin, Franz Weiss on viola and Nikolaus Kraft on cello, gave the… Continue reading Holy Song of Thanksgiving – Beethoven’s String Quartet number 15
You might think that a violin case is relatively simple. It’s got a violin, and a bow, and not much else. There are multiple things in the case of a violinist that help you get set up and be prepared for any contingency. Here’s a list of what I have in my case.
A number of years ago, I was planning the trip of a lifetime. I was going to fly to England, find a backpackers or something near Paddington. The goal would be to go to as many Proms concerts as I could. The Proms are something so uniquely Brittish, but even more so is the traditional… Continue reading The Last Night of the Proms
German composer Ferdinand Küchler wrote this piece in 1934 and it became a staple in the beginner violin repertoire. Küchler was a renowned violin pedagogue, and his writings on teaching went on to shape violin pedagogy into the 1960s. Today we’re looking at the Kuchler Concertino in G, Op. 11. The Kuchler Concertino is written… Continue reading Kuchler Concertino in G, Op. 11
Composed by German Composer Oskar Rieding (1840-1918) and first published in 1909, this concertino which stays completely in first position has become a staple of the beginner violin repertoire. While it isn’t performed regularly, it is often the first concerto a student will learn. The Rieding Concerto in B Minor is an ideal piece for… Continue reading Rieding Concerto in B Minor
So your child is starting to learn the violin, and you need to get a violin. You look at the music shop prices, and balk – surely it doesn’t cost that much for a violin! So you look to get a violin from Gumtree, or Craigslist. Ahh, much better. How can there be such a… Continue reading Why shouldn’t I buy my violin from gumtree?