Violin Adventures with Rachel Barton Pine

Episode 81: Yes You Can! How to Easily Make Your Own Arrangement of a Rock or Pop Song for String Ensemble

 

Upcoming Events: August 13 – master class for the Sphinx Performance Academy at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, August 17 and 18 – Paganini 24 Caprices at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL, August 26 – chamber music by Chinese composers at Millennium Park in Chicago


Inquiries from my Inbox: David asks: “What is the best thing about performing unaccompanied violin music? What are three of your favorite moments in the violin literature?

 

Random Musical Thought: A modern violin in a historically-flavored work of art is as out of place as if someone were wearing blue jeans.

 

Main Topic: Rachel explains how to make your own arrangement of a rock or pop song for string ensemble. Includes tips on how to get the tab as a reference, choose your aesthetic, figure out the structure, decide who plays which part, pick a key, experiment with orchestration, add in the “drums,” figure out the bowings, pick a tempo (or tempos), add some dynamics, work on the guitar solos, and get performance-ready. Adapted from her class at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp – for more information, please visit www.mwroc.com.

 

Total playing time: 00:55:38

 

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Episode 80: Hale be Your Heart! Hale Be Your Fiddle!

 

Upcoming Events: July 30-August 4 – guest teacher at the Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling in Banner Elk, NC, August 10 – memorial tribute concert for luthier Carl Becker in Chicago, August 17 and 18 – Paganini 24 Caprices at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  Catherine from Australia writes: “Could you do a podcast on the features that Paganini brought to the world of violin playing? What is it that he did differently that challenged the status quo?” Emily asks: “Have you ever played the Conus violin concerto? I never heard of it until my teacher suggested it for me to play, I instantly fell in love with it and am really enjoying practicing it! I wanted to know why not as many violinists play this concerto anymore.”

 

Random Musical Thought: Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could magically hear some of the great repertoire again for the very first time?

 

Main Topic: A conversation with master Scottish fiddler Dr. John Turner. Includes recordings of “Panmure House / Timour the Tartar” from “Favourite Scotch Measures” and “Lament for the Death of King George V” from “The Wanderer’s Lament: Fiddle Music of Scotland.” For more information about the Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, please visit www.jinkdiddle.com.

 

Total playing time: 00:41:00

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23 PM

Episode 79: Making Fun WITH the Music: Aleksey Igudesman

 

Upcoming Events: July 16 – faculty performance at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp in Olathe, KS, July 20 – Earthen Grave at the Metroplex Heavy Fest in Dallas, July 21-24 teaching at Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, July 28 – Vieuxtemps 5 for Music in the Mountains in Durango, CO, July 29-August 4 – teaching at the Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  David from Nebraska writes: “I wonder what suggestions you have for developing skill with harmonics.” Delaney asks: “When you're performing, what kinds of things do you focus on or think about while you're playing? Do you ever find your mind drifting to random thoughts?”

 

Random Musical Thought: Is Bach the only great composer whose music is still satisfying to hear even if done metronomically and without expression?

 

Main Topic: A conversation with violinist/composer/comedian Aleksey Igudesman. For more information about his many projects, please visit www.alekseyigudesman.com

 

Total playing time: 00:58:12

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:14 PM

Episode 78: Impromptu – Lullabies and More

 

Upcoming Events: July 5 and 6 – recitals with pianist Arnon Erez in Israel (Bach, Achron, Bloch, Franck), July 10 and 11 – Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 and Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending with the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv, July 13 – Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 at the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake, IN, July 14-20 – teaching at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp near Kansas City

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  N-O asks: “Where does your inspiration come from? What sets you apart from other artists? What can people expect to hear or see from you this year?”

 

Random Musical Thought: Sir Edward Elgar said, “My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.”

 

Main Topic: Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Hagle perform live on WFMT on June 20, 2013. Repertoire includes Brahms Wiegenlied, Ysaye Reve d’Enfant, Rebecca Clarke Lullaby, Faure Berceuse, Rebikov Berceuse, Gershwin Summertime, Schwab Berceuse Ecossaise, Betty Jackson King Lullaby, William Grant Still Suite (African Dancer, Mother and Child, Gamin).

 

Total playing time: 01:07:13

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:27 AM

Episode 77: Writing Women Back Into Music History!

 

Upcoming Events: June 20 – performance with pianist Matthew Hagle for WFMT’s Impromptu; June 22 – with Earthen Grave for Days of the Doomed near Milwaukee, Wisconsin; June 28 – master class for the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin; June 30 – free children’s program at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  Vanlal asks: “How do you play period works a half step low?” Brian asks: “Have you ever played ‘Ashoken Farewell?’”

 

Random Musical Thought: Are your instruments your friends, your family, your harem, your menagerie, or what?

 

Main Topic: A conversation with Karen Shaffer, author of “Maud Powell: Pioneer American Violinist” and Pamela Blevins, author of “Ivor Gurney and Marion Scott: Song of Pain and Beauty.” For more information about the Maud Powell Society for Music and Education and the magazine “Signature, Women in Music,” please visit www.maudpowell.org.

 

Total playing time: 00:45:28

 

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Episode 76: Yes, It Really Existed! Meet the Shoulder Cello

 

Upcoming Events: June 14 – Bach Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard with harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa at the Boston Early Music Festival

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  Robert asks: “Is the page turner the only ‘on stage’ position in the music industry that it is proper to totally ignore?”

 

Random Musical Thought: Can one claim to have truly heard a piece of music if they’ve never experienced it performed live?

 

Main Topic: A conversation about the violoncello da spalla with luthier and violinist Dmitry Badiarov, including recordings of the instrument played by Badiarov, Sigiswald Kujiken, and the Bach Collegium Japan. For more information about Dmitry Badiarov and his instruments, please visit http://badiarovviolins.com/. To read an interesting article about the violoncello da spalla, please visit http://sscm-jscm.press.illinois.edu/v12/no1/wissick.html.

 

Total playing time: 00:53:54

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:21 PM

Episode 75: To Memorize or Not To Memorize, That is the Question

 

Upcoming Events: May 25 – Six Bach Violin Concertos for the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, May 30 – Bartok Concerto No. 2 with the Gottingen Symphony in Germany, June 1 – recital with pianist Matthew Hagle in Montpelier, Vermont (sonatas by Beethoven, Mohammed Fairouz, and Strauss, and lullabies by Brahms, Ysaye, Rebecca Clarke and William Grant Still)

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  A student at a master class asked, “What is your favorite time of day to practice?”

 

Random Musical Thought: If children dress as ballerinas to attend the ballet, why don’t they dress as concert violinists to attend the symphony?

 

Main Topic: A conversation with harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa about the pros and cons of performing with and without sheet music. To learn more about Paul, please visit www.paulcienniwa.com

 

Total playing time: 00:51:59

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:23 AM

Episode 74: Violin Lullabies, part 2

 

Upcoming Events: May 9 – performance on WGN’s Noon News, May 11 – Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 and Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso with the Illinois Valley Symphony, May 17 – Trio Settecento in Ames, Iowa (works by Stradella, Marini, Legrenzi, Corelli, Geminiani, Locatelli, and Veracini), May 18 – recital at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston, IL (Beethoven Sonata No. 3, Liszt Grand Duo Concertante, Strauss Sonata, lullabies by Brahms, Ysaye, Clarke, Still, Rebikov, Gershwin, and Strauss), May 19 – children’s concert at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  Bob asks, “Would it peeve you if, at a classical concert, during a pause, someone shouted out, "Play "Devil Went Down to Georgia!"”

 

Random Musical Thought: Could we have a photos section (silent and flash-free) at classical concerts?

 

Main Topic: Part two of a tour of Rachel Barton Pine’s new album, Violin Lullabies. Includes excerpts of cradle songs by Ysaye, Still, Schwab, Rebikov, Sibelius, Clarke, Beraud, Stravinsky, Montsalvatge, King, Schumann, Grieg, Strauss, Brahms, and Gershwin

 

Total playing time: 00:34:32

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:23 PM

Episode 73: Violin Lullabies, part 1

 

Upcoming Events: April 27 – Mendelssohn Concerto with the Lafayette Symphony in Indiana, April 28 – Biber Mystery Sonatas No. 5 and 10 for the Bloomington Early Music Festival in Indiana, May 2 – recital for the San Diego State University’s Jewish Studies Program in California (works by Bloch, Achron, Yale Strom and more), May 5 – violin/cello duo recital with Mike Block in LaGrange, IL

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  Janis writes, “For an easy-to-use, much safer heavy hotel mute, get a couple earth magnets and clap them together around the bridge near the center, over the heart cutout.”

 

Random Musical Thought: Wouldn’t it be interesting if the audience didn’t know the “set list” for a recital until they were actually at the concert?

 

Main Topic: Part one of a tour of Rachel Barton Pine’s new album, Violin Lullabies. Includes excerpts of cradle songs by Beach, Durosoir, Faure, Respighi, Schubert, Iljinsky, Ravel, Reger, Sivori, Viardot, Antsev, Falla, and Hovhaness.

 

Total playing time: 00:37:05

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00 AM

Episode 72: No Guts, No Glory: Master Stringmaker Dan Larsen

 

Upcoming Events: April 12 and 14 – Vivaldi Four Seasons and Vivaldi Concerto in D Major for Viola d’Amore with Boise Baroque in Idaho, April 13 – lecture on the history of the violin at Boise State University, April 16 – master class at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, April 20 – master class for Sigma Alpha Iota at the Oak Park Public Library in Illinois, April 22 – adjudicating the finals of Northwestern University’s concerto competition

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  Anmajumdar asks, “Do you use first knuckle and wrist for your vibrato?” Peter writes, “I have a full-blown arm vibrato, which only makes me clamp down on the violin with my neck... do you have any tips to help me learn a 'wrist' vibrato?”

 

Random Musical Thought: Why do so many people fail to realize that my Birthday Variations are supposed to be a parody?

 

Main Topic: A conversation about the art of making early music strings out of gut with luthier and stringmaker Dan Larsen. For more information, please visit http://gamutmusic.squarespace.com/

 

Total playing time: 01:07:39

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00 PM

Episode 71: Barely Controlled Chaos – Maestro Michael Morgan

 

Upcoming Events: April 4 – master class and viola d’amore lecture/demo for the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program

 

Inquiries from my Inbox:  Philip writes: “I honestly believe that the modern violinists exceed both the musical and technical abilities of the old (I am sure you have heard of the wax recordings of Brahms and Sarasate, etc.).”

 

Random Musical Thought: How is it possible to enjoy the musical interpretations of someone whom you don’t like as a person?

 

Main Topic: A conversation from 2008 with Michael Morgan, conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic. Maestro Morgan offers words of wisdom for orchestral string players, including to use less vibrato, play with more slides, have your own opinion and don’t be afraid to take risks. For more information about Michael Morgan, please visit http://www.morganorch.com

 

Total playing time: 00:48:53

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:31 AM

Episode 70: Fiesta! Rachel Barton Pine’s CD Capricho Latino, part 2

Upcoming Events: March 21 and 22 – Bruch Scottish Fantasy and Mackenzie Pibroch Suite with the Orchestra de Bretagne in Rennes, France, March 23 – master class for the Rennes Conservatory

Inquiries from my Inbox:  Steve writes, “I'm really curious which rosin you use.” Dierdra asks, “What is your setup on this stunning ex-Soldat of yours? What brand of strings do you use? And what brand of rosin works best with them? Do you change the rosin depending on the climate of the place you perform in or a season? And what bridges are used on such valuable instruments as yours - are they the high- level "commercial" ones like Aubert de Luxe, Despiau etc. or maybe custom made especially for you?”

Random Musical Thought: Can imagination be as effective as reality? 

Main Topic: Part two of an extended version of WFMT’s program “Fiesta!” with host Elbio Barilari. Includes an interview with Rachel Barton Pine about her new CD “Capricho Latino” on Cedille Records, an album of Spanish and Latin American works for unaccompanied violin. Features sample tracks: Etude No. 6 by White, and Ferdinand the Bull by Ridout, narrated by Hector Elisondo. For more information about Fiesta! please visit http://blogs.wfmt.com/fiesta/

Total playing time: 00:41:33 

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Episode 69: Fiesta! Rachel Barton Pine’s CD Capricho Latino, part 1 

Upcoming Events: February 29 – at the American String Teachers Association national conference in Providence, Rhode Island (presentation with Dr. Roland Vamos “Fixed Double-Stops: A Neglected Area of Double-Stop Work”, Carl Fischer book signing, speech and performance with Mark O’Connor at official dinner), March 1 – session “First Position Virtuosity!” at the American String Teachers national conference in Providence, Rhode Island, March 3 – master class and performance at benefit for the Kenosha Orchestra Boosters in Wisconsin, March 8 and 9 – Mozart Concerto No. 1 with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota in Columbia.

Inquiries from my Inbox: Tom writes: “Thank you for recording Wohlfahrt. Will you be recording Kayser, Mazas, and Dont?” Amy asks: "Can you please tell me where you found your baroque bow - the one you used to record the lovely little YouTube segment of Partita 3?"

Random Musical Thought: Why doesn't anyone ever do the printed rhythm in measures 18 an 26 of the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor?

Main Topic: Part one of an extended version of WFMT’s program “Fiesta!” with host Elbio Barilari. Includes an interview with Rachel Barton Pine about her new CD “Capricho Latino” on Cedille Records, an album of Spanish and Latin American works for unaccompanied violin. Features sample tracks: Asturias (Leyenda) by Albeniz arranged by RBP, Emigrante Celtas and Terra! A nosa! by Quiroga, Sonata No. 6 by Ysaye, and Epitalamio Tanguero by Gonzalez. For more information about Fiesta! please visit http://blogs.wfmt.com/fiesta/

Total playing time: 01:04:27

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:50 AM

Episode 68: Emoting with the Fiddle – Klezmer Violinist Yale Strom

 

Upcoming Events: February 13 – master class for the Youth Rock Orchestra in Little Rock, Arkansas, February 14 – recital with pianist Matthew Hagle in Little Rock, Arkansas (works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, William Grant Still, and Strauss), February 17 – recital with pianist Matthew Hagle in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, William Grant Still, and Strauss), February 22 – Tchaikovsky Concerto with the New West Symphony in Oxnard, California, February 23 – Tchaikovsky Concerto with the New West Symphony in Thousand Oaks, California, February 24 – Tchaikovsky Concerto with the New West Symphony in Santa Monica, California

 

Inquiries from my Inbox: Bruno asks: “Where can I find the solo part for the Clement Violin Concerto?” Ann asks: “Do you sometimes call yourself a fiddler? How does one distinguish? And does it matter to you what they call you when you play fiddle music?”

 

Random Musical Thought: A violinist can’t be a true vegan.

 

Main Topic: A conversation with Yale Strom: klezmer violinist, ethnomusicologist, and classical composer. Includes a performance of the third movement of his string quartet, “In The Memory Of…” For more information about Yale Strom, please visit www.yalestrom.com

 

Total playing time: 01:25:57

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:50 AM

Episode 67: Native Informant – Composer Mohammed Fairouz

 

Upcoming Events: February 2 – concert with the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra in St. Augustine, Florida (works by Paganini, Bach, Albeniz, Piazzola, and Mozart), February 8 – recital with pianist Matthew Hagle in Montpelier, Vermont (works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Mohammed Fairouz, and Strauss), February 9 – recital with pianist Matthew Hagle in Montreal (works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, William Grant Still, and Strauss)

 

Inquiries from my Inbox: Hannah asks: “How important do you think it is to have an urtext edition as opposed to International or another cheap one?” Corey asks: "Do you practice with a metronome or are you able to dictate the tempo as the sheet music notates it?”

 

Random Musical Thought: Can a violin be considered a co-commissioner?

 

Main Topic: A conversation with talented young composer Mohammed Fairouz, including a discussion of the five-movement unaccompanied violin sonata written for Rachel Barton Pine entitled “Native Informant,” with musical excerpts. For more information about Mohammed Fairouz, please visit www.mohammedfairouz.com

 

Total playing time: 00:54:01

 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:11 PM

Episode 66: Musical Passions, part 2

Upcoming Events: January 19 – Mendelssohn Concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic in Albuquerque, January 27 – Paganini 24 Caprices at the Phillips Collection and National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Inquiries from my Inbox: Hannah asks: “How important do you think it is to have an urtext edition as opposed to International or another cheap one?”

Random Musical Thought: What if composers of the past had had to give their works catchy titles like today’s composers?

Main Topic: “Musical Passions” with Eric Kisch on WCLV, part 2. Includes an interview with Rachel Barton Pine and tracks from her albums “Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos,” “Scottish Fantasies,” “Glazunov Concertos,” “Maud Powell: American Virtuosa,” and “Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries.”

Total playing time: 01:05:38

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40 AM

Episode 65: Musical Passions, part 1

Upcoming Events: January 12 – Sibelius Concerto with the Sacramento Philharmonic, January 13 – guest appearance with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento (Chausson Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet, and Suk Bagatela “With Nosegay in Hand” for violin, flute and piano)

Inquiries from my Inbox: Elizabeth asks: “Does texting a lot hurt your violin hands?”

Random Musical Thought: Do babies come in keys?

Main Topic: “Musical Passions” with Eric Kisch on WCLV, part 1. Includes an interview with Rachel Barton Pine and tracks from her albums “An English Fancy,” “Xavier Montsalvatge: Canciones and Conciertos” and “Capricho Latino.”

Total playing time: 00:55:55

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Episode 64: Gorgeous Melodies in a Strange Structure – The Glazunov Violin Concerto

Upcoming Events: July 12 – with the New York Chamber Soloists in Stowe, VT (Bach, Paganini, Mozart, Albeniz, Piazzola), July 15 – “Classical Heavy Metal” late night chamber music in Ottawa, Ontario, July 16 – recital with Menahem Pressler in Ottawa, Ontario (Mozart, Schubert, Franck), July 17 – Brahms Piano Quintet with Menahem Pressler in Ottawa, Ontario, July 18-23 – teaching at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp including a July 20 performance, July 24 – master class for the Sphinx Performance Academy in Chicago, IL, July 25 – 17th Century English music with Trio Settecento for the Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclave

Inquiries from my Inbox: Jaden asks, “Can you make a video of you playing the Czardas and Massenet? Can you wear your golden watch on the right hand side?”

Random Musical Thought: As classical music has changed and evolved over the centuries, should we consider this to be “progress?”

A conversation with Maestro José Serebrier about the new Warner Classics album, Glazunov Complete Concertos, featuring soloists including Rachel Barton Pine. Includes sound clips from the CD.
 
Total playing time: 00:37:56
 
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Episode 63: The Violin’s Awesome Medieval Ancestors, the Rebec and Vielle!

Upcoming Events: June 16 – Trio Settecento live on WGBH, June 17 – Trio Settecento at the Boston Early Music Festival, June 27-29 – Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp at Berklee College in Boston, July 4 – Barber Concerto with the Orquesta Filamonica de Montevideo in Uruguay

Inquiries from my Inbox: assindiastignani asks, “There are some videos of you rehearsing, talking about, playing bits and pieces of the Bruch Scottish Fantasy. Do you have anywhere a complete performance of the work with you and orchestra? I'd really love it if you would put it on your channel. Many thanks!!”

Random Musical Thought: What is early music?

A conversation with multi-instrumentalist and early music specialist David Douglass about the violin’s medieval ancestors. Includes four pieces from the 1200s played by Rachel Barton Pine on rebec and David Douglass on rebec or vielle. To learn more about the rebec, please visit The Rebec Page, http://crab.rutgers.edu/~pbutler/rebec.html.

Total playing time: 53:12
 
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Episode 62: “Blues and High Spirits” - Rachel Barton Pine on St. Paul Sunday

Upcoming Events: May 26 – Chausson Concerto at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, May 28 – Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 and Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, June 3 – recording Montsalvatge’s Poema concertante with the NDR in Hanover, Germany, June 12 – recital for the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival in Florida.


Inquiries from my Inbox: Jason writes: “Hey! Last night, I went to see Sepultura. The first openers were all bands I knew and somewhat liked. Most of them played tight, well-rehearsed, energetic and interesting sets. But when Sepultura came on, it took about a minute to realize that they were working on a completely different level than the openers. They were tight, well-rehearsed, energetic and interesting but they had something else that I can't describe. It was just electric. I'd chalk it up to liking the band and knowing their material - and I sure there's some of that - but I'm really not THAT big of a Sepultura fan.”

Random Musical Thought: from Psalm 33:3, “Play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”

Rachel Barton Pine’s appearance on the national radio show St. Paul Sunday, recorded on October 19, 2004. Includes performances of music by Ravel, Mackenzie, Bach, Westhoff, and more, plus the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s “Rush,” written for Ms. Pine.

total playing time: 01:13:32

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Episode 61: String Instrument Care 101
 
Upcoming Events: May 7 – Brahms Concerto with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, May 14 – Brahms Concerto with the Shreveport Symphony in Louisiana, May 15 – chamber music for the Norton Building Concert Series in Lockport, IL, May 19 – Brahms Concerto with the Monterrey Symphony in Mexico, May 22 – recital in Wayne, IL featuring music by Mozart, Strauss, Janacek, Beach and Ravel
 
Inquiries from my Inbox: BBC Music Magazine asks: “If you were stranded on a desert island, what luxury item, what book, and what recording would you want to have with you?”
 
Random Musical Thought: Steve Hashimoto writes: “If you watch almost any horror or science-fiction movie, you’ll hear some sort of atonal  music on the soundtrack; you probably won’t hear anything like that in your typical Reese Witherspoon or Jennifer Aniston flick. It made me think that perhaps there’s your demographic for a concert of works by Webern and Berg and Stockhausen: dudes who dress in black, listen to Metallica, and rent the Saw series. Worth a shot…”

A discussion about Rachel Barton Pine’s document from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation’s Instrument Loan Program, “Proper Care of String Instruments and Bows.”

total playing time: 00:34:12
 
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Episode 60: Why are you holding the violin like THAT? The surprising true story of early violin playing
 
Upcoming Events: April 19 - Haydn Seven Last Words of Christ in Chicago, April 23 - master class for the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy program, April 29 - master class and heavy metal concert at North Central College in Naperville, IL, April 30 - recital "Liszt and Beyond" at North Central College in Naperville, IL
 
Inquiries from my Inbox: Jean-Jacques asks, “Sounds fun to be on the road, but does it ever get to you?  I have lived a lot of places like Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston, Houston, L.A. and Philly.  Do you have a favorite other than Chicago?”
 
Random Musical Thoughts: "I would vote for Bach, all of Bach, streamed out into space, over and over again. We would be bragging, of course, but it is surely excusable to put the best possible face on at the beginning of such an acquaintance." (Lewis Thomas) "Mozart tells us what it's like to be human, Beethoven tells us what it's like to be Beethoven, and Bach tells us what it's like to be the universe." (Douglas Adams)

A conversation with multi-instrumentalist and early music specialist David Douglass about his groundbreaking research and performances on the early arm-held violin. Includes "Prelude" by David Mell and "Variations on La Folia" by Michael Farinell from David Douglass's album "Apollo's Banquet," and the King's Noyse performance of "Half Hanniken" from "Royal Delight."

total playing time: 1:06:06
 
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Episode 59: Interaction! A Revolutionary Approach to Connecting with and Captivating Your Audience

Upcoming Events: April 2 - Trio Settecento in a program of 17th Century English music at the Presbyterian Church of Barrington in Illinois, April 9 - Clement Concerto with the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie at the Concertgebouw, broadcast live on www.radio4.nl at 2:15pm Amsterdam time
Inquiries from my Inbox: Allison writes: “Knowing you are an awfully busy lady, I will get right to the point. I recently purchased your "American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell" CD, and absolutely fell in love with your rendition of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," by John Rosamond Johnson. I have looked and looked, but I have not been able to locate the violin sheet music. If you have a moment, could you possibly recommend a site at which I could buy that particular arrangement?” Donors555 writes: Amazing performance of Dvorak’s Humoresque on YouTube, it was very cool. :) Can anyone send me, or tell where to get notation please?”
 
A conversation with violist and teaching artist David Wallace, author of “Reaching Out: A Musician’s Guide to Interactive Performance.”

total playing time: 01:31:23
 
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Episode 58: Can playing rock music on your string instrument actually be ... gasp ... good for you?
 
Upcoming Events: February 11 - Tchaikovsky Concert with the Bilkent Symphony in Ankara, Turkey, February 13 and 14 - Trio Settecento at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, February 23 and 24 - Glazunov Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony, February 27 - recital for the Ladies' Morning Musical Club in Montreal

Inquiries from my Inbox: Christopher asks, “My school is holding auditions for its annual Bach festival, and the conductor gave us the entire B Minor Mass to practice. However, practicing the entire thing front to back is incredibly time consuming, and I'm hoping there's a better, more efficient way to get this done.” Heather writes, “I am having my solo debut with orchestra coming up in March and am playing the Mendelssohn. I am a professional player, though not a soloist. How do you handle the endurance that it takes to get through a piece like this? I am exhausted for sure after playing a symphony concert, but playing solo is a whole different thing, which obviously you are well aware. I have been playing it for people to have the experience of playing it as much as possible though I don't have it memorized yet.  My left hand gets so tense and tired and this only occurs when I am playing solo! I am hoping you have some helpful hints or insights. Also, on a fun note, where do you purchase your awesome gowns?”

Random Musical Thought: Should each classical concert only have music from a specific sub-genre like rock concerts?
 
A conversation with violinist and educator Bridgid Bibbens about using rock music to inspire string students. Includes information about the Electrify Your Strings program and the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp.
 
total playing time: 51:25

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Episode 57: Scotland's Music - a radio program with John Purser

Upcoming Events: January 22 - Beethoven Concerto with the Riverside County Philharmonic in California, January 29 - Brahms Concerto with the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts, February 5 - Ravel's Tzigane and Mozart Concerto No. 5 with the Springfield Symphony in Missouri.
 
Inquiries from my Inbox: 9-year-old Abigail asks, "Would you please tell me some things about you and your violin that I could use in my school presentation?"
 
Random Musical Thought: Maud Powell's record company urged her to record popular music instead of only classical. She responded that popular music was familiar music, and that the more familiar people were with classical, the more popular it would become!

A BBC program hosted by Dr. John Purser, eminent musicologist and specialist in Scottish music, with guest Rachel Barton Pine. Includes music from Rachel's album "Scottish Fantasies" and examples of the folk tunes used in the symphonic works on that recording.

total playing time: 56:04
 
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Episode 56: When hard work and talent aren't enough - the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation is here to help!
 
Upcoming Events: January 15 and 16 - Beethoven Concerto with the Illinois Philharmonic, January 16 - appearance at the Chicago Music Awards. Please visit http://martinsinterculture.com/cma-nominees.html by December 31 and vote for me in Category 7 "Best Classical Entertainer" and vote for my band, Earthen Grave, in Category 3 "Best New Entertainer." Thanks!

Inquiries from my Inbox: ViolaNerd6 asks, "Are you planning on arranging your Happy Birthday Variations for viola any time soon?"

Random Musical Thought: As you consider your year-end charitable giving, please remember the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, which is enhancing the lives of so many young musicians. Visit www.rebf.org for more information and to make a tax-deductible, secure online donation, or to print out our donation form.
 
An episode of WFMT radio's "Introductions" which aired in 2009, featuring Rachel Barton Pine talking about the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation and playing duets with REB Foundation recipients, 12-year-old violinist Ade Williams (Bartok), 12-year-old violinist Gallia Kastner (Wieniawski), and 17-year-old violist Matthew Lipman (Mozart and Handel-Halvorsen).
 
total playing time: 01:07:39
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Episode 55: An American Masterpiece: The Samuel Barber Violin Concerto
 
Inquiries from my Inbox: Michael asks, "Hi Rachel. Random question of the day... What type of violin case do you use?"
 
Random Musical Thought: As you consider your year-end charitable giving, please remember the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, which is enhancing the lives of so many young musicians. Visit www.rebf.org for more information and to make a tax-deductible, secure online donation.
 
A conversation with renowned violin pedagogues Almita and Roland Vamos about the Samuel Barber Violin Concerto, recorded on January 7, 2009. Includes questions posed by doctoral student Jessica Platt.
 
total playing time: 01:09:13
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Episode 54: Seven cool new pieces for unaccompanied violin!

Upcoming events: November 27 - Barber Concerto with the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro, November 28 and 29 - Barber Concerto with the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira and Maestro Roberto Minczuk in Sao Paolo, December 2 - unaccompanied recital for Bargemusic in Brooklyn, New York: Bach D Minor Partita, Ysaye Sonata No. 4, works dedicated to Ms. Pine by Augusta Read Thomas, Jose Serebrier, Luis Jorge Gonzalez, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Yale Strom, Philip Pan, and Edgar Gabriel, Ballada Espagnola arr. Jesus Florido, Asturias by Albeniz arr. Rachel Barton Pine

Inquiries from my Inbox: Penelope asks, "How many concerts  a  year do you play? Just wondering..."

Random Musical Thought: Teaching artist Eric Booth writes: "Entertainment happens within what you already know. Underneath its many features that inspire, delight, frighten, sadden us, it confirms our sense of the way the world is. That's the whole point of entertainment- to stimulate and affirm- and it's often done brilliantly. The artistic experience had better not be opposed to this, or we are in big trouble. Art also stimulates and affirms, but it happens outside of what we already know; art enlarges our sense of the works- it expands our sense of the possible."

"Live from the Mayne Stage," a concert on WFMT radio from October 3, 2010. Rush by Augusta Read Thomas, Aires de Tango by Jose Serebrier, Epitalamio tanguero by Luis Jorge Gonzalez, Six and a Half Variations by Fred Onovwerosuoke, Vaynshl No. 1 by Yale Strom, Thrash by Philip Pan, Theme and Variations by Edgar Gabriel (world premiere!), Ballada Espagnola arranged by Jesus Florido, Asturias by Isaac Albeniz arranged by Rachel Barton Pine.

total playing time: 01:12:16
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Episode 53: The beautiful science of strings

Upcoming events: January 24 - private performance in West Palm Beach, Florida, January 28 - private soiree in Chicago, January 30 - master class at Virginia Commonwealth University, January 31 - recital at Virginia Commonwealth University (works of Dvorak, Brahms, Corigliano, Bauer, Gilbert, and Sousa)

Inquiries from my Inbox: A neighbor in my elevator asks, "Who is your dressmaker?" You can contact my wonderful dressmaker, Julia Needlman, at 773-750-2180 or julianeedlman@sbcglobal.net.Random Musical Thought: If I had to make an unbreakable vow, I would place my hand on the Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas.A conversation from November 3, 2008, with two representatives of Thomastik-Infeld in Vienna, makers of Vision strings: Wolfgang Weiss, Head of Marketing, and Franz Klanner, Head of Research and Development and Material Science.For more information about Thomastik-Infeld strings, please visit http://www.thomastik-infeld.com.total playing time: 49:09 SUBSCRIBE TO THIS PODCAST ON I-TUNES!Would you like to be featured on Violin Adventures? Just send your question via text or as an MP3 attachment to rachelbartonpine@aol.com and listen for your answer on Inquiries From My Inbox!

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Episode 52: Getting the scoop on Franz Clement from a renowned British musicologist
 
Upcoming events: January 10 - recital at the El Paso Festival, January 15 - master class at Centerville High School in Dayton, Ohio, January 16 and 17 - Roque Cordero Concerto with the Dayton Philharmonic
 
Inquiries from my Inbox: Vicki writes, "Later next month I am performing 'Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso' by Saint-Saens with my youth orchestra. However, I cannot find any information about the piece itself, only a biography of Saint-Saens. Could you please direct me to a source?"
 
Random Musical Thought: Composer Ned Rorem says, "Arguably, no artist grows up: If he sheds the perceptions of childhood, he ceases being an artist."
 
A conversation about Franz Clement and the classical period with British musicologist Clive Brown, editor of the modern performing edition of the Clement's Violin Concerto in D Major.  The Clement Concerto is on my new CD, "Beethoven and Clement Violin Concertos" with Maestro Jose Serebrier and the Royal Philharmonic. Clement's beautiful concerto was written one year before Beethoven's. The two concertos share the same key, instrumentation, length, aesthetic and many of the exact same figurations. To purchase this CD, please visit www.rachelbartonpine.com.
 
To learn more about Professor Clive Brown, please visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk/music/staff/cb/#.  To purchase Clive Brown's book, "Classical and Romantic Performing Practice 1750-1900," please visit http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Romantic-Performing-Practice-1750-1900/dp/0195166655/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231454720&sr=8-1

total playing time: 35:43

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Episode 51: Writing your own cadenza - don't be scared, it's fun!
 
Upcoming events: November 11 - London debut - Brahms Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, November 13-15 - residency at Morehead State University in Kentucky, November 23 and 24 - Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Sarasate Carmen Fantasy with the Ars Viva Symphony in Skokie, Illinois
 
Inquiries from my Inbox: Whitney asks, "Do you offer or recommend any classical workshops for the summer?"  For a searchable database of summer music programs, visit www.allthingsstrings.com/search/ssg/advancedsearch.aspx.
 
Random Musical Thought: What if violin students brought bows with them to concerts like kids bring baseball gloves to baseball games?
 
Writing your own cadenzas: list musical material from all of the parts of the orchestral score and number each excerpt; study others' cadenzas: count how many measures long they are to find a typical range, write out each cadenza's harmonic scheme to note progressions and how many keys are used, mark which excerpts are used in others' cadenzas and observe how they are altered, note how many bits of musical material are used in each cadenza; brainstorm in your head and improvise on your instrument rather than trying to write the cadenza starting at the beginning, jot down any good ideas you come up with and when you have enough possibilities you can try to put them all together; think about whether the style of your cadenza matches the style of the concerto.

total playing time: 16:09

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Episode 50: Fantasies on Beethoven's Violin Concerto (a.k.a. my cadenzas)

Upcoming events: October 3 - private event honoring Augusta Read Thomas, October 9 – Ravel Tzigane and Sarasate Zigeunerweisen and Carmen Fantasy with the Iceland Symphony, October 11 – children"s concert with the Iceland Symphony

Inquiries from my Inbox: Will asks, "Do you ever hang out with other soloists?”

Random Musical Thought: Verdi says, “I adored and I adore this art; and when I am alone and am wrestling with my notes, then my heart pounds, tears stream from my eyes, and the emotions and pleasures are beyond description."

My cadenzas to the Beethoven Violin Concerto – a complete walkthrough of my construction with musical examples.  Includes the first and last movement cadenzas from my new CD “Beethoven and Clement Violin Concertos” with Maestro Jose Serebrier and the Royal Philharmonic.  To purchase this CD, please visit www.rachelbartonpine.com.

total playing time: 27:49

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Episode 49: The Beethoven Violin Concerto's forgotten origins - introducing Franz Clement and his concerto

- Upcoming Events: September 21 - unaccompanied multi-genre recital for Performers of Westchester in New York, September 25 - fundraiser for at-risk youth in Chicago suburbs, September 26 and 28 - Italian baroque music with the Callipygian Players in Chicago

- Inquiries from my Inbox: Mark S. asks, "What other physical conditioning do you do in addition to practicing?"

- Random Musical Thought: Music journalist Ken Smith says, "If playing a piece of music is like walking through the composer's world, then contemporary music offers you a chance to let the composer point the way. If you're particularly adventurous you can even have the composer take you down a fresh path." Conductor Christoph Eschenbach says, "Living composers are not monsters. What we get in the theater, museums and books is new. Why should it be the opposite in music?"


- All about my new CD, "Beethoven and Clement Violin Concertos" with Maestro Jose Serebrier and the Royal Philharmonic. Clement's beautiful concerto was written one year before Beethoven's. The two concertos share the same key, instrumentation, length, aesthetic and many of the exact same figurations. To purchase this CD, please visit www.rachelbartonpine.com.


total playing time: 25:04

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Episode 48: Woodworms and the Three S’s? Luthier Paul Becker discusses violin maintenance, restoration, and tonal adjustment

- Upcoming Events: September 7 – master class for the PeakHarmonic Youth Orchestra in Colorado Springs, September 9 – Beethoven Concerto with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, September 12 and 13 – Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boise Philharmonic

- Inquiries from my Inbox: lilrose09 asks for advice about left-hand pizzicato.

- Random Musical Thought: composer Paul Dukas says “There is no such thing as new music – there are only new musicians” and composer Igor Stravinsky says “Modern music does not exist.  We speak in a different language from that of our ancestors but say the same thing – or express them differently.”

- A conversation with my own luthier Paul Becker.  For more information about the Carl Becker and Son shop, please visit www.carlbeckerandson.com.

total playing time: 54:22

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Episode 47: The second coolest family of string instruments - all about the viola da gamba.

- Inquiries from my Inbox: Carlos Marquina asks, "I’d like to know if you’re gonna do more with the viola d’amore. Have you taken a crack at the viola da gamba?"

- A conversation with early music specialist John Mark Rozendaal about the history of viola da gamba and his innovative method for teaching it to children.  Includes the Prelude in Bb from Christopher Simpson’s "Division Viol" from John Mark’s new CD, "Breaking the Ground, " http://jmrozendaal.com/music/index.html. For more information about John Mark Rozendaal, please visit www.jmrozendaal.com.

total playing time: 33:07

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Episode 46: More about the d'more: the fascinating 14-stringed cousin of the violin and its enthusiasts
 
- Inquiries from my Inbox: Alise Svoboda asks: Do you do master classes in the Chicagoland area for violinists that are interested in exploring jazz and rock?

- Random Musical Thought: James R. Gaines writes, "A world without a sense of the transcendent and mysterious, a universe ultimately discoverable through reason alone, can only be a barren place, and the music sounding forth from such a world might be pretty but it could never be beautiful."

- A conversation with Dan Thomason, co-president of the Viola d'Amore Society of America, www.violadamoresocietyofamerica.org.


total playing time: 32:04

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Episode 45: The arts as a catalyst for American democracy - Exploring the world of arts policy
 
- Upcoming Events: teaching at Mark O'Connor's Strings Conference in San Diego through August 1, including a performance with Mark of his String Quartet No. 3
 
- Inquiries from my Inbox: Ray Randall asks, "Do you have any suggestions for amateur violinists about how we can practice better and play better?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: "Practicing is teaching yourself."
 
- A conversation with arts policy guru Nick Rabkin.  To buy his book, "Putting the Arts in the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century," please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/

total playing time: 1:11:05

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Episode 44: Bringing sound to life - the violins of Jan Van Rooyen
 
- Upcoming Events: Bravo! Vail Festival in Colorado - Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade for String Quartet on June 22, Raff String Octet and Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola in Bb on June 23
 
- Inquiries from my Inbox: Benjamin K. asks, "What are some of your latest repertoire discoveries?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: How do you decide if your group is a "chamber ensemble" or a "band?"
 
- A conversation with luthier Jan Van Rooyen.  For more information about Jan and his violins, please visit www.gainesvilleviolins.com/featuredinst/index.html.

total playing time: 39:45

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Episode 43: Violinist.com, an online community for violin enthusiasts

- Upcoming Events: Bravo! Vail Festival in Colorado - Danzi Flute Quartet with Eugenia Zukerman on June 21, Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade for String Quartet on June 22, Raff String Octet and Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola in Bb on June 23

- Inquiries from my Inbox: a recorded question about participating in Celtic jam sessions from Tim from Pennsylvania

- Random Musical Thought: the music of Liszt can be considered "Revolutionary" Romanticism while the music of Brahms can be considered "Evolutionary" Romanticism

- A conversation with Laurie Niles, founder of www.violinist.com.

total playing time: 30:36

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Episode 42: Discovering the exotic flavors of Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole

- Inquiries from my Inbox: Ron Gorthuis asks, "Do you give lessons?"

- Random Musical Thought: Plato says, "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

- An exploration of Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole with Venezuelan violinist Jesus Florido. Jesus explains how to interpret the rhythms and where to put inflections.

total playing time: 42:58

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00 PM

Episode 41: Life without a conductor: a conversation with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
 
- Inquiries from my Inbox: Larry Samuels asks, "What makers and qualities do you look for in your violin bows?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: Pop musician John Mayer compares Guitar Hero to "one of those amusement park cars on a track" whereas playing a real instrument is like driving "a Ferrari."
 
- A conversation with members of New Century Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less ensemble in California's Bay area.  For more information, please visit www.ncco.org.  For information about the documentary "Freeway Philharmonic," please visit www.freewayphil.com.

total playing time: 31:37

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:27 PM

Episode 40: So you want to start a festival do you?

 

- Inquiries from my Inbox: a violinist from Wisconsin asks, "When you said to practice the same amount every day, does that mean I shouldn't ever do any extra practicing?"

 

- Random Musical Thought: Being "in" the music or being "above" the music.

 

- Denis Brott, artistic director of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, talks about how he started his festival, his programming ideas, what it takes to run the festival each year, combining Bach and hip-hop (!), and how he founded the Canadian Instrument Bank.

 

For more information about the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, please visit www.festivalmontreal.org.  To read articles by Denis Brott, including "So you want to start a Festival do you?," please visit www.festivalmontreal.org/denisbrott/main.php?page=6.

total playing time: 38:30

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Episode 39: Music for Life! A revolutionary idea for classical concert presentation.
 
- Upcoming Events: June 20 - benefit gala for Chicago's Suzuki-Orff School
 
- Inquiries from my Inbox: A violinist from Wisconsin asks, "Is it better to sit or stand when practicing?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: Are arrangements of rock songs performed on acoustic string instruments chamber music?
 
- A conversation with Ars Viva's Alan Heatherington and Gayle Heatherington and the Music Institute of Chicago's Ted Rubenstein.  Music for Life! is a unique new program which makes classical music concerts a family activity, accessible to parents and beneficial to children.  For more information, please visit www.arsviva.org/musicforlife/index.html.
total playing time: 19:38

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Episode 38: Tips for making audio and video recordings for auditions
 
- Upcoming Events: June 10 in San Francisco - works by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, George Walker, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and Brahms as guest leader of the New Century Chamber Orchestra; June 14 at the Amelia Island Festival in Florida - German and French Baroque Sonatas with Trio Settecento and the Rheinberger Concerto for violin, cello, and organ

- Inquiries from my Inbox: 11-year-old Nancy asks, "Do ever have any trouble with tendonitis?"

- Random Musical Thought: How widespread is the practice of "solfege-ing around?

- Rob Waller of Windy Apple Studios, producer/engineer of Violin Adventures, shares his advice about what to do and what not to do during an audition recording session.


total playing time: 23:37

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Episode 37: Containing your clutter - tips for storing your sheet music
 
- Upcoming Events: works by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, George Walker, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and Brahms as

guest leader of the New Century Chamber Orchestra: June 5 in Berkeley, June 6 in Palo Alto, June 8 in San Rafael,

and June 10 in San Francisco

- Inquiries from my Inbox: 11-year-old Nancy asks, "What do you use for a shoulder rest?"

- Random Musical Thought: What if there canned music was played before and after classical concerts like at rock and

folk music concerts?

- Tips for storing your sheet music: ideas for categorizing your music, putting your music into a spreadsheet, and

where to buy good shelves and storage boxes for your music.


total playing time: 24:10

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Episode 36: Plucking and bowing at the same time - one violinist sounds like two!
 
- Inquiries from my Inbox: 12-year-old Becky asks, "How do you learn to pluck and play at the same time?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: The unanswerable question, "How many concerts do you play each year?"
 
- One of the coolest violin techniques ever invented - left-hand pizzicato and bowing simultaneously. Includes musical excerpts from Paganini's Caprice No. 24, Paganini's Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento Variations, Ernst's Last Rose of Summer Variations, Paganini's The Witches, Mark O'Connor's Caprice No. 4, and my own Birthday Variations and God Defend New Zealand Variations.


total playing time: 26:40

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Episode 35: Kirk Muspratt's innovative ideas about demystifying classical music
 
- Upcoming Events: Montreal Chamber Music Festival: May 20 - Martinu Madrigals for violin and viola; May 21 - Bach's Goldberg Variations for string trio; May 22 - solo recital "From Mozart to Metallica": May 24 - Beethoven Marathon including the "Archduke" piano trio, Op. 95 string quartet, "Kreutzer" sonata, and Septet
 
- Inquiries from my Inbox: Caitlin asks, "How can I fix my left-hand pinky?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: Oscar Shumsky says, "It's not the bowings you do, but how you do the bowings."
 
- A conversation with Maestro Kirk Muspratt, Music Director of the New Philharmonic, DuPage Opera, and Northwest Indiana Symphony.  Kirk shares his thoughts about making orchestra concerts into special events for the whole community and talks about his creative programming ideas.

total playing time: 33:45

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Episode 34: Tips for preparing for orchestral auditions

- Upcoming Events: May 17 - Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Puerto Rico Symphony

- Inquiries from my Inbox: Bruce asks, “Is it unusual for a soloist like yourself to have put in a lot of time as an orchestral player?”

- Random Musical Thought: Theologian Marcus J. Borg said, “Being part of a community that hears words and music from hundreds and even thousands of years ago delivers us from the provincialism of the present.”
 
- Tips for preparing for orchestral auditions: highlight things like accents and dynamics to make sure you don’t miss any, be sure to learn the entire pieces that your excerpts come from, buy inexpensive orchestra parts from Luck’s Music Library (www.lucksmusic.net or 800-348-8749), get new clean parts, listen to a few different recordings of each piece, practice each excerpt at a variety of different tempos, play along with the recordings to get the other instruments in your ear, make yourself an excerpt mix tape or playlist and listen to it over and over again, look at the orchestral score for each piece, talk to colleagues about their experiences, play for a variety of different coaches, try to play for someone from the orchestra you’re auditioning for.

total playing time: 21:23

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:38 PM

Episode 33: Tips for the day of a competition or an audition

 

- Upcoming Events: May 10 - performance at benefit gala for Chicago’s Ars Viva Symphony

 

- Inquiries from my Inbox: Bill asks, “Why did you choose to change the tempo between the AC/DC and your own pieces??

 

- Random Musical Thought: Why weren’t any classical musicians included in the recent internet gossip story about musicians caught picking their noses?

 

- Tips for the day of a competition or an audition: concentrate on playing your best rather than worrying about what the judges will think, don’t worry about hearing a competitor who sounds amazing in the warm-up room, be sure to arrive early, bring plenty of healthy snacks, don’t ever leave the building, don’t ever leave any of your stuff unguarded especially your instrument or sheet music, bring a portable listening device and some good books or magazines, don’t feel obligated to chat with others if you’re not feeling sociable, bring along a designated buddy to keep you company, don’t wear yourself out in the warm-up room, play an old favorite piece or listen to loud music on your I-Pod to get in a performing mood, if you’re allowed to find your own warm-up spot a bathroom might be a good option, take time to center yourself rather than rushing to start playing after the judges tell you which piece to play, make sure your piano accompanist is ready to play before you give the cue, don’t be fazed if the judges are writing a lot of comments (they might be writing compliments!), don’t draw any conclusions from the judges’ tone of voice, don’t take it as a bad sign if the judges stop you more quickly than you expect, don’t peek at the judges while you’re playing, thank the judges after you finish if that would be appropriate, ask for feedback if you get a chance, be sure to show your comment sheets to your teacher, don’t compare judges’ numerical scores to each other.

 

total playing time: 23:14

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Episode 32: Tips for preparing for competitions and auditions

- Upcoming events: April 25 and 26 - Beethoven Concerto with the New Philharmonic in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, April 27 - recital with pianist Matthew Hagle in Lake Forest, Illinois (music of Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Ravel)

- Inquiries From My Inbox: A violinist from the Columbus (Georgia) Symphony asks, "What's that fuzzy stuff on your chinrest?"

 - Random Musical Thought: Albert Schweitzer says "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life; music and cats."
 
- Tips for preparing for competitions and auditions: get your application form in on time, don't hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to, get extra copies of the music and mark measure numbers if required, experiment with different warm-up strategies and orders of repertoire, get used to playing your repertoire in a random order, practice while wearing your complete concert clothes and go through your entire stage routine, practice introducing your repertoire, videotape your practice performances if you can, prepare your entire repertoire even if the audition timeslot is short, decide which piece you want to play first, be sure to practice playing your delicate pieces right after your loud pieces, practice your repertoire at various times of day, be sure to get basic maintenance done on your instrument before the concert, make a list of what you need to bring with you on the big day (snacks, music stand, rosin, shoulder bar, mute, accompaniment part, page turner, books and I-Pod, shoes), get to bed on time the night before and rest and relax even if you can't fall asleep.

total playing time: 30:34

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Episode 31: Some of my favorite books about music and why I love them
 
- Upcoming events: April 17 - Beethoven Concerto with the Northwest Indiana Symphony, April 18 – English Baroque music with the period instrument ensemble Callipygian Players in Chicago, April 19 – Mendelssohn Concerto with the 100th Anniversary Alumni Orchestra at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, April 20 - English Baroque music with the period instrument ensemble Callipygian Players in Skokie, IL

- Random Musical Thought: Follow-up on previous comment about musicians’ clothes
Groundbreaking books about violin history, repertoire, and performance practice:
- The History of Violin Playing from Its Origins to 1761: and Its Relationship to the Violin and Violin Music by David D. Boyden
- Violin Technique and Performance Practice in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries by Robin Stowell

Wonderful books about the history of American music:
- The Music of Black Americans: A History by Eileen Southern
- Maud Powell: Pioneer American Violinist by Karen A. Shaffer

Books about interesting topics written by authors with a great sense of humor (rare in the stuffy world of musicology):
- Men, Women and Pianos: A Social History by Arthur Loesser
- Music and Society in Lowland Scotland in the Eighteenth Century by David Johnson

A brilliant hoax:
- An Incomplete History of the Art of the Funerary Violins by Rohan Kriwaczek

A novel with great descriptions of voice lessons in 18th Century Italy
- Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice

total playing time: 18:38

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:48 PM

Episode 30: Teaching yourself to become a great improvisor!
 
- Upcoming Events: April 14 - chamber music by Poulenc, Villa-Lobos, Hahn, Turina, and Francaix with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City
 
- Random Musical Thought: Cellist Zuill Bailey says: "I find a majority of concerts in classical music similar to going to an aquarium…"
 
- A conversation with Philip Pan, concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony.  Philip discusses how he went from being a strictly classical musician to becoming a great improviser in styles including rock and metal.  Includes lots of good step-by-step advice about how to get started playing rock violin.

 

total playing time: 27:26
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Episode 29: More tips about memorization and preparing for chamber music rehearsals
 
- Upcoming events: April 7 – master class at Crown Point High School in Northwest Indiana

- Inquiries From My Inbox: CuciucGriga asks, "Where did you study?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: Why does Henle clutter up its “urtext? editions with too many editorial suggestions?

- More tips about memorization: re-memorizing a piece you’ve played before (especially if you change fingerings or bowings), memorizing dynamics and articulations and tempo markings (not just notes and fingering and bowings).

- More tips about preparing for chamber music rehearsals: figuring out harmonies (major, minor, deceptive cadences), xeroxing page turns and making 4 or 5 pages into 3 tall pages.

total playing time: 21:52

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:57 PM

Episode 28: What in the world is Neo-Classical Metal?
 
- Upcoming events: March 25 - special concert with violinist/composer Mark O'Connor and Irish fiddler Liz Carroll at the Chicago Cultural Center, March 29 - Dvorak Concerto with the Columbus Symphony (GA)
 
- Inquiries From My Inbox:  many people ask, "Why is your chinrest in the middle of the violin?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: Violinists and violists are less fortunate than most other instrumentalists because we can't wear necklaces or dangling earrings when we play our instruments.
 
- Exploring neo-classical metal: explanation of the "neo-classical" movement in classical music, where to find lists of heavy metal sub-genres, conversation with neo-classical metal guitarist George Bellas, musical examples played by George.
 
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www.georgebellas.com




total playing time: 36:59

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Direct download: podcast28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:31 PM

Episode 27: Mozart's amazing Violin and Viola Duos with guest violist Eric Nowlin

- Upcoming Events: March 18 - Haydn Seven Last Words of Christ at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel with homilies  by eight different faith leaders and speakers (with violinist Mathias Tacke and violist Richard Young from the Vermeer Quartet and cellist Wendy Warner), March 20, 21 and 22 - Corigliano's Red Violin Chaconne and Ravel's Tzigane with the Jacksonville Symphony (FL)

- Inquires From My Inbox: sonofaguitar asks, “Where do you find the music for the Pibroch (Mackenzie’s Lament) that you play on your YouTube video??

- Random Musical Thought: Another difference between classical and non-classical music: familiarity with the repertoire, and whether or not the audience is listening one step ahead or one step behind.

- A discussion about Mozart's compositions for viola with guest artist, Eric Nowlin, particularly the Violin and Viola Duos. Includes musical examples (played by Rachel and Eric) from Mozart’s Violin and Viola Duos and Michael Haydn's earlier Duets. Rachel also tells the story of how Mozart came to the rescue of Michael Haydn by composing his duos.

For more information about Eric Nowlin, please visit:

http://www.rebf.org/ILP/EricNowlin.html

total playing time: 24:28

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Direct download: podcast27.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56 PM

Episode 26: Preparing for chamber music rehearsals - how to expedite the process

 

- Upcoming Events: March 18 Haydn Seven Last Words of Christ at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel with homilies by eight different faith leaders and speakers (with violinist Mathias Tacke and violist Richard Young from the Vermeer Quartet and cellist Wendy Warner)

 

- Inquires From My Inbox: Fastopen asks "Who is your violin luthier?"

 

- Random Musical Thought: I believe that musicians who are full of great joy can create music that is just as profound as that of musicians who are full of angst.

 

- Learning chamber music in a hurry, a step-by-step process: Using highlighters, studying the score, marking things into your part, listening to recordings, and more.



total playing time: 24:27

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Direct download: podcast26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:05 PM

- Inquires From My Inbox: Caveman147 asks "Do you use the same violin when you play Sweet Home Chicago?"


- Random Musical Thought: Why can't you buy embroidered patches of classical composers or performers?

 
- All about the viola d'amore: its construction, its history, what it sounds like, how it's tuned, learning how to play it, famous composers who wrote for it, and where to call for information about buying one.  To learn more about the viola d'amore, you can visit:

The Viola d'amore Society of America

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Violadamore.com

To watch Rachel perform the Vivaldi Concerto in D Major for Viola d'Amore, please click here!


total playing time: 17:57


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Direct download: podcast25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:32 PM

- Upcoming Events: Feb. 28 panel discussion at the American String Teachers Association convention in Albuquerque; March 3 chamber music performances in New York City (Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Spohr)
 
- Inquires From My Inbox: Fiddlerfrank asks "Will you be recording the Bach 6 Sonatas and Partitas soon?"
 
- Random Musical Thought: Excerpt from violist Richard Young's book "Echoes from Calvary"
 
- Memorization: How to be confident that your piece of music is programmed into in your muscles and reflexes (your subconscious, physical memory) and securely in your brain (your conscious memory).
 
total playing time: 12:38

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:15 PM

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine describes the dramatic circumstances of Tchaikovsky's life that directly impacted the composition of his violin concerto and its initial negative reception.  Also mentioned are the cuts and additions perpetrated by Leopold Auer.  Includes many musical examples.

playing time: 20:36

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00 PM

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine talks with legendary pianist Ralph Berkowitz, age 97.  Mr. Berkowitz shares stories about his life in music including his many years as collaborator to cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, directing the Tanglewood Festival, and the private premiere of the Barber Violin Concerto at which he was present.   This conversation was recorded at Mr. Berkowitz's home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 18, 2007.

playing time: 15:23

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:49 PM

Rachel Barton Pine talks with Maestro Gil Shohat, music director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, about wide-ranging topics including his activity as a composer, performing Brahms with a chamber orchestra, and the ICO's recent performance of Pink Floyd's music.  This conversation was recorded in Tel Aviv on October 17, 2007.
 
For more information about Maestro Shohat, please visit www.gilshohat.com.

playing time: 21:52

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:49 PM

Rachel Barton Pine talks with Israel Bar-On of the Israel Chamber Music Societies.  Recorded on October 17 in Ramat-Gan.

playing time: 26:31

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

 
Rachel Barton Pine discusses the great 19th Century violinist Joseph Joachim on the 100th anniversary of his death, and considers his enduring influence as a violinist, educator, and composer.  Includes musical examples from the Brahms Violin Concerto, written for Joachim, and an anecdote about Van Halen.

playing time: 12:50

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:10 PM

Rachel Barton Pine shares her thoughts about the Concerto No. 5 in A Major by Mozart, including the "mini opera plot" in the first movement, and the "faux-Turkish" section in the last movement.  Includes many musical examples.

playing time: 12:20

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00 PM

Rachel Barton Pine explains the unusual structure of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor by Max Bruch, shares her favorite moments, and talks about its importance in pedagogy and in testing violins.  Includes many musical examples.

playing time: 14:54

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Direct download: podcast17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00 PM

Rachel Barton Pine talks with her friend, Venezuelan violinist Jesus Florido, about his life as a master of many styles including baroque, classical, jazz, Latin, rock, world music, and more.  Jesus also discusses his approach to music education and why he teaches his students to improvise and ... cook!  In addition, he plays a short original tune inspired by Venezuelan music.  For more information about Jesus Florido, please visit www.myspace.com/jesusflorido.
 

playing time: 23:17

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Direct download: podcast16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00 PM

Rachel Barton Pine talks with Maestro Christoph Mueller, music director of the Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, about Joseph Joachim's "Hungarian" Concerto and his life as a conductor.  This conversation was recorded in Gottingen on September 1, 2007, the morning after their performance together.

 

playing time: 9:57

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Direct download: podcast15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:43 AM

The Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation announces its newest initiative: Global HeartStrings.  Classical musicians in developing countries often cannot obtain such basic supplies as rosin, strings, reeds, and sheet music. Furthermore, they do not have access to instrument repair shops, resulting in their instruments becoming unplayable due to lack of basic maintenance. Global HeartStrings is dedicated to supporting these aspiring classical musicians.
 
Rachel's youngest sister, 20-year-old violinist Hannah Barton, is helping organize supply-gathering drives for Global HeartStrings.
 
For more information, please visit www.rebf.org.  Be sure to also join the Global HeartStrings groups on Facebook and MySpace.

playing time: 18:56

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05 AM


Rachel Barton Pine interviews long-time Chicago Symphony violinist Fred Spector.

playing time: 25:16

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40 PM

Rachel Barton Pine interviews long-time Chicago Symphony violinist Fred Spector.

playing time: 25:30

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Direct download: podcast12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:45 PM

Rachel Barton Pine interviews long-time Chicago Symphony violinist Fred Spector, owner of 5,000 stringed instrument mutes. Rachel demonstrates many different kinds (wood, leather, ivory, tortoiseshell, metal, and more), and plays 3 muted pieces from her new CD, "American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell."  Includes the complete bonus track from the album, "La Fleurie" by Francois Couperin, arranged by Powell.
 
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playing time: 33:59

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00 PM

Rachel Barton Pine responds to fan questions and gives tips for effective practice habits.

playing time: 19:45


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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:53 PM

Rachel Barton Pine answers fan mail and explains how orchestras determine which violin concertos to include on their programs.

playing time: 9:44


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Direct download: podcast9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:09 PM

Rachel Barton Pine discusses audience response to performances, including clapping between movements and clapping in the middle of a piece.  Includes musical excerpts.




playing time: 14:31



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Direct download: podcast8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00 AM

Rachel Barton Pine discusses the differences between classical and non-classical music and classical improvisation, including baroque ornamentation and the use of rubato.  Includes many musical examples.

 

playing time: 14:37

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

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Category: -- posted at: 2:03 AM

What is the difference between a fiddle and a violin?  Rachel Barton Pine discusses her recent visit to Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp and plays "Souvenir d'Amerique" by her musical ancestor, Henri Vieuxtemps.

playing time: 08:38

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Direct download: podcast6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

Rachel Barton Pine shares excerpts from her 12th CD, dedicated to the repertoire of violinist Maud Powell (1867-1920).  Includes Molly on the Shore by Percy Grainger (written for Powell), Songs My Mother Sang by Antonin Dvorak (arranged by Powell), Minute Waltz by Frederic Chopin (arranged by Powell), Aria by Carl Venth (dedicated to Powell), May Night by Selim Palmgren (arranged by Powell), and Romance by Henry Holden Huss (dedicated to Powell). 
For more information about Maud Powell, please visit www.maudpowell.org
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playing time: 13:43

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Direct download: podcast5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM


Rachel Barton Pine talks about the life and repertoire of violinist Maud Powell (1867-1920), the subject of her 12th CD.  Includes excerpts of Caprice on Dixie by Herman Bellstedt Jr. (dedicated to Powell), "The Rapids" from Four Rocky Mountain Sketches by Cecil Burleigh (dedicated to Powell), Fantasia on Sousa Themes by Max Liebling (dedicated to Powell), and Nobody Knows the Trouble I See by J. Rosamond Johnson (arranged by Powell). 


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playing time: 15:31

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Direct download: podcast4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM


Rachel Barton Pine talks about the life and repertoire of violinist Maud Powell (1867-1920), the subject of her 12th CD.  Includes excerpts of Silver Threads Among the Gold by H.P. Danks (arranged by Powell), Romance by Amy Beach (dedicated to Powell), Up the Ocklawaha by Marion Bauer (dedicated to Powell), Deep River by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (arranged by Powell), and Humoresque by Antonin Dvorak (arranged by Powell). 


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playing time: 13:59

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

Rachel Barton Pine gives detailed advice about how to locate out-of-print sheet music. Includes Pablo de Sarasate's "Miramar: Zortzico" from her 1995 album "Homage to Sarasate" with pianist Samuel Sanders.

playing time: 18:16

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

Rachel Barton Pine discusses Bruch's Scottish Fantasy from her album "Scottish Fantasies."  Includes musical examples.

playing time: 19:25

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Direct download: podcast1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:23 PM