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Episode 51: Writing your own cadenza - don't be scared, it's fun!

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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Direct download: va51.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16pm CST

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

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:22pm CST

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

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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Direct download: podcast49.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:55pm CST

Episode 48: Woodworms and the Three S’s? Luthier Paul Becker discusses violin maintenance, restoration, and tonal adjustment 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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Direct download: podcast48.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:03pm CST

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

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:29pm CST

Episode 46: More about the d'more: the fascinating 14-stringed cousin of the violin and its enthusiasts
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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:31pm CST

Episode 45: The arts as a catalyst for American democracy - Exploring the world of arts policy

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:44pm CST

Episode 44: Bringing sound to life - the violins of Jan Van Rooyen

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52pm CST

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

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:18pm CST

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

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: 5:00pm CST

Episode 41: Life without a conductor: a conversation with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.

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: 4:27pm CST

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

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:01am CST

Episode 39: Music for Life! A revolutionary idea for classical concert presentation.
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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:01pm CST

Episode 38: Tips for making audio and video recordings for auditions

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am CST

Episode 37: Containing your clutter - tips for storing your sheet music

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00pm CST

Episode 36: Plucking and bowing at the same time - one violinist sounds like two!

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06pm CST

Episode 35: Kirk Muspratt's innovative ideas about demystifying classical music

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:43pm CST

Episode 34: Tips for preparing for orchestral auditions

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: 2:38pm CST

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

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:21pm CST

Episode 32: Tips for preparing for competitions and auditions

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

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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Episode 30: Teaching yourself to become a great improvisor!
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 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: 11:57am CST

Episode 28: What in the world is Neo-Classical Metal?

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.
 
For more information about George Bellas, please visit:
www.georgebellas.com




total playing time: 36:59

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Episode 27: Mozart's amazing Violin and Viola Duos with guest violist Eric Nowlin 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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Episode 26: Preparing for chamber music rehearsals - how to expedite the process

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:05pm CST

Episode 25: Meet the Viola d'Amore, a 14-Stringed Cousin of the Violin!

- 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

or

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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Episode 24: Memorization - The Conscious and the Subconscious Working Together
- 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: 12:15pm CST

Episode 23: Rachel Barton Pine discusses Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto 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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Episode 22: Rachel Barton Pine talks with Ralph Berkowitz 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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Episode 21: Rachel Barton Pine talks with Maestro Gil Shohat
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.
 
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playing time: 21:52

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49am CST