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The Priceless Sound of a Stradivarius Violin - Whenever there is talk of violins, the name Stradivarius always comes to mind. Questions have been asked over the centuries as to how the violins have their unique sound. Is it the varnish. Is it the water. Is it the shape. Or is it perhaps the provenance. Scientists have studied the violins and musicians have studied and debated the sound quality and the superiority of the instruments for centuries. Stradivarius violins are commonly hailed worldwide as the best violins in the world. The sound quality of Stradivarius violins is of unprecedented superiority when compared to other violins, and it is commonly believed that no one has been able to match it in the past three centuries since their...   [tags: music, violin, uniformed density, biography]
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Physics of the Violin - "String instruments have been played for more than a thousand years. Performance on string instruments has reached a level today that cannot be improved upon, and the quality of instruments built nearly three centuries ago is maintained in the best instrument made today" (Allen, 1). "The violin is a wooden resonance box that amplifies the soundwaves from the vibrations of the strings stretched across it" (Mandy). The most material for the construct the violin is wood; maple used for the back, ribs, and neck) and spruce for the top....   [tags: physics music musical instrument violin]
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Fantasy and Magical Realism in Violin - Fantasy and Magical Realism in Violin     Violin is a novel by Anne Rice. The genre of the book is fantasy and the text allows for many comparisons to made between fantasy and magical realism.   I felt that there were a lot of fantastic elements in this book. An example of a fantastic element is when Tirana laid in bed with Karl after he died. She kept him in the house for about four days after his death because she didn't want the funeral parlor to burn him; she wanted to be with him forever (8)....   [tags: Violin Essays]
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The History of the Violin - The invention of violin was recorded first in Europe during the Medieval ages. This instrument must have developed from the gambs family popular in the 15th century. The clear picture of violin as it is known today came into existence in the 16th century during the Renaissance period. The instrument like others developed steadily with time to a point when it was able to satisfy new ideas of sound. The same style that was used during the old musical periods is still in use today besides a few technical advancements (The History of the Violin....   [tags: music history, medieval ages]
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Film Critique: The Red Violin - The movie The Red Violin is a drama written and directed by filmmaker Francois Girard, which follows the history of a mysterious and intriguing musical instrument over the span of 300 years. Francois Girard got the idea for the movie from events involving the legendary red Mendelssohn, a 1720 Antonio Stradivari violin which was purchased in 1990 by the grandfather of celebrated musician and heiress, Elizabeth Pitcairn (Fricke, 2010). The story is artfully and elegantly put together, and although the story is fictional the plot portrays what could be realistic characters, settings and life situations....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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The Violin and the Hardwood Floors - Quietly and carefully the young woman climbed into the car, she checked to make sure her long honey coloured gown didn’t get caught in the door, just like she made sure it didn’t drag on her way down from her apartment to the car. “Good evening Yara.” Joon-Ho spoke politely, when the car door closed. Yara looked at him and nodded to him as politely as he had spoken. “Good evening, how are you?” Joon-Ho smiled at his partner, they were going to perform for which ever charity Yara decided on for this month....   [tags: short story] 765 words
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Comparing the Violin to a Puzzle - Comparing the Violin to a Puzzle A violin can be compared to a puzzle. Each piece of the puzzle has a unique role in the outcome of the picture, or in this case, the overall sound. The pieces are brought together by both the violin's maker and its player. Just like a puzzle, different persons, when given the same pieces probably will not put them in the same order. This fact accounts for the differences in the designs of master violinmakers and the tonal differences between players. To quote Joseph Wechsberg, " The tone is of course created by the violinist ....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Violin - Violin Music and art, the feelings that go through a person while the music of Mozart and Beethoven are playing, are indescribable. Listening to music can take a person away to a different era. Music like Mozart or Beethoven can really take a person's imagination soaring in a whole new perspective. Composers throughout the novel, Violin were Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky. Violin was a truly fabulous name for this story. It contains many fantastic elements as well as realistic elements; however, it should not be confused with magical realism....   [tags: Literature Music Composers Essays]
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A Complete Analysis of The Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Opus 26 - The Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Opus 26 is one of the most famous violin concertos over the musical history. It is also considered to be the most renowned work by the German composer Max Bruch. I will begin with a short explanation of why I choose to analyse this piece followed by what makes this piece so remarkable. I will then present the musical context – German Romantic period – in which this piece was composed and discuss how it is representative of this period. Also, I will present briefly the biography of the composer and relate his life and style with this particular piece of music....   [tags: Music]
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What I Learned While Preparing to Play My Violin for La Boheme - Violin I played a total time of eight hours and 30 minutes on my violin. In my practice time I was able to practice La Boheme orchestra Act Four and get it ready for orchestra practice. I did this by focusing in on the challenging rhythm and speed sections. One section that was extremely hard for me was the runs going up or down. This was because there are many key signatures. A huge important counting thing I learned was to imagine a little movie screen dial going around the circle counting up while waiting for long rests....   [tags: personal reflection paper] 740 words
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Man Ray’s Violin D’Ingres - Man Ray’s Violin D’Ingres is a perfect example of a modernist photograph. Man Ray pushes both how photography is perceived and what is possible within a photograph in this example. Man Ray himself was an American, born as Emmanuel Rudnitsky, but moved to Paris and engaged in very non-American photography. Europe lacked the American ideals about what “strait photography” should be. While American schools of photography believed that an art photograph should only be made with a large negative with maximum depth of field, Europeans were busy experimenting with new uses of the medium as well as experimenting with altering the image in serious ways to change the meaning....   [tags: essays research papers] 954 words
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Mathematics and its Relation with Music and its Harmonics - ... At certain points on a string. different notes are produced by the harmonics of the upper and iower naives of the string, which would be examples of harmonic means. The diagram above is of a D-string on a violin from the beginning of the neck where the string first crosses the neck to where the string touches the bridge. The halfway notation marks the most prominent harmonic mean on a violin: the octave. Its harmonic mean is 1/2 because “2” represents the fact that it is a duplication of the original tone, which is named “1” or simply the open D-string; thus it is an octave....   [tags: Violin, Octave, Pitch] 751 words
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Joseph Haydn, Composer of Classical Music - Joseph Haydn was a composer born in Rohrau, Austria in 1732. He was the son of a wheel maker, whom taught himself how to play harp on an amateur and recreational basis. His family was musically inclined and Haydn was immersed in music since his early childhood as they made it a family affair to sing together and at times even along with neighbors. His father appreciated Haydn’s fine vocal ability and recognized that Rohrau was not an ideal place for Haydn to develop his musical skills. He was fostered under the care of their relative Johann Matthias Frankh at his request around the age of six, never to return home....   [tags: vienna, violin, opera] 773 words
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A Report About a Concert Attended - ... The piece changed tempo throughout it which really felt like it kept people involved. You could also hear the repeat of the intro and certain themes throughout the piece. This piece was very enjoyable. It was probably my favorite piece played in this concert. The changing if tempos really made you pay more attention and it wasn't slow or boring. The sonata forms allowed the musicians to perform more difficult parts from the pieces and it was very entertaining to observe. This piece also had a very light tone color to it and I prefer music with that time color over the darker tone colors, which is what the next piece was....   [tags: piano, cello, violin] 728 words
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Johann Stamitz: A Classical Era Composer - ... Of his 75 symphonies that he wrote from 1741 to 1757, only 58 survive. Famous works written by Stamitz include his Symphony in D, Op.3, No.2, his Symphony in Eb, Op.11, No.3., and his Symphonies in G, A and Bb named “Mannheim 1, Mannheim 2 and Mannheim 3 respectively. However, (Mannheim 1) was likely written by a close contemporary named Antoine Mahaut. Along with these Symphonies, he had a focus on the development of the wind instruments and has created many flute concertos such as his Flute Concerto in C major along with the Clarinet Concerto in Bb ....   [tags: violin, orchestral crescendo, music] 1141 words
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Biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams - Early Years and Family Ralph Vaughan Williams was born in The Vicarage, in Down Ampney, on October 12, 1872 to Arthur and Margaret Vaughan Williams. Ralph’s father; Arthur was the vicar of the All Saints Church in Down Ampney in 1868. Through his mothers side Ralph had two famous great-great-grand fathers; Josiah Wedgwood, the founder of the pottery at Stoke-on-Trent, and Erasmus Darwin, the grandfather of Charles Darwin. In 1875 Ralph’s father suddenly died, when he was only two years old. His mother moved him and his two siblings to the Wedgwood family home: Leith Hill Place, in Surrey....   [tags: violin, great war, opera]
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The Music That Comes from Instruments - ... This helped him in the creation of the Saxophone. “Sax noticed that the brasses were overpowering the woodwinds, and the winds were overpowering the strings. He saw the need to come up with a new instrument that would create some form of balance between the three sections (brass, woodwinds and strings). The sound that he was seeking would lie between the clarinet's woodwind sound, and the trumpet's brass tone. Sax combined the body of a brass instrument and the mouthpiece of a woodwind instrument, and the saxophone was born ("The History Of The Saxophone").” Personally I find that this instrument is very unique and obtains a beautiful quality of sound....   [tags: violin, saxophone, accordian, express, sound] 928 words
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Grete’s Violin And Dorotea’s Bundle As Symbols Of Humanity That Contrast With Pedro Paramo And Gregor’s Father’s Lack Of Humanity - The novels of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo, contain many familial relationships. Some of these relationships are good, and some are not. The fathers make the difference between the good relationships and the bad. Grete’s violin and Dorotea’s bundle symbolize the traits that Gregor’s father and Pedro Paramo lack. The author uses these symbols to show that humanity is not created through parental connections, but through compassion for one another. Dorotea’s mothering instinct for a bundle of a rebozo represents humanity and parental love....   [tags: Novel Comparisons, Humanity] 1157 words
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Paganini - Paganini “This man with the long black hair and the pale countenance, opens to us with his violin a world which we had never imagined, except perhaps in dreams. There is in his appearance something so supernatural that one looks for a glimpse of a cloven hoof or an angel’s wing” Paganini remains one of the most famous virtuosos in the history of music. His concerts were not only astonishing, but controversial. People could not believe what Paganini was able to do; consequently, they explained such virtuosity with diabolic myths, finding in the musician the protagonist of a bizarre tale....   [tags: Musical Instruments Violin]
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A View of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins - Antonio Vivaldi is a famous Italian baroque composer, known by most Suzuki violin students who study his concertos or by audiences everywhere who have heard and love his composition of the Four Seasons.  Having grown up as students of the Suzuki Violin Method, we recognize this composer and have experience performing his pieces.  In addition to his many concertos written for solo violin, Vivaldi composed many concertos intended to be performed by two solo violins, accompanied by a small orchestra....   [tags: Music]
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Stradivari, Hermes and Apollo - Antonio Stradivari, the most famous violin-maker in all the human world, was a favorite of both the god of Delos, the fair Apollo, and of the trickster god, Hermes. His creations sang with the lilt of dance and with the song of birds; many of the Olympians would stop their affairs to listen for even a hint of Stradivari's sound. In short time, it came to be that both Apollo and Hermes would covet a violin from the luthier and both came down in their human forms one day to make their request of him....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays] 760 words
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The Pain and Suffering of "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare - When Orsino sends Viola-Cesario to woo Olivia in his name, he does not think any more of it. When Viola-Cesario goes to woo Olivia for her master Orsino, she starts to woo her using the first person, referring to ‘me’ and ‘I’, under Olivia’s request. She continues using the first person throughout this wooing, where she tells of Olivia’s beauty and her person through her perspective instead of Orsino’s. This wooing becomes vital to the plot and the theme of love throughout the play, because this wooing causes Olivia to fall in love with Viola-Cesario instead of the Duke Orsino....   [tags: orsino, cesario, violia, olivia]
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The Science of Sound and Music - When a person places ear buds into their ears and presses play on their phone or mp3, they suddenly get a rush of electrical signals generated by their device. With the signals flowing through the copper wires that connect the device to the ear buds, the vibrations emerge from the ear buds into the ear canal. The vibrations are then transported through the auditory system to the brain to be transposed into what people call music. These signals and vibrations are called sound waves. But what really is music....   [tags: sound waves, vibrations]
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My Mother and Her Sacrifices Helped Me Learn to Play an Instrument and Improve My Grades - ... He made me play the violin with him and I had to keep up with him with the same tempo. After I successfully played on incredibly fast duet with him, he told me to play slowly the week after for practice. The reason why I could play well was that I was a good violinist, but I think that it is because my mom was patient and she took the time to nurture my technique, stamina, and confidence. Although my mom and my violin teacher thought I was and am a decent player, my father did not want me to play the violin because he thought it was waste of money, time, and effort....   [tags: Music, Korea, Immigrants] 755 words
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Why do Muslim Women Cover their Body - If someone was to look up the meaning of veil in a dictionary the noun would state that it is “ a piece of material worn by women to protect or conceal the face” while the verb is describes the action as a way to “partially conceal, disguise, or obscure.” Unfortunately, in today's society both definitions have meaning when it comes to the veil and it’s role in Muslim culture. Whether or not women want to accept it the truth, still remains that the veil is a form of gendered violence. Even though people seek to reclaim it’s meaning they cannot change its origins and the reason it was established in the first place, to conceal and control Muslim women....   [tags: gender violen, muslim culture, veil]
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Reflection and Analysis of Chaconne from Partita in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, Performed by The Eroica Trio - ... Overall, Bach is regarded as the greatest composer of the Baroque Era and his vast impact on classical music as a whole makes him an important figurehead in history. Bach’s Partita in D Minor was composed during his career away from the church. Partita was originally a single instrumental, secular composition, but it later became used for a collection of musical pieces, as seen in Bach’s Partita in D Minor. Peter Williams, author of The Life of Bach, said the following about Bach’s partitas, “Bach’s sets look like aristocratic and newly demanding versions of the solo fiddling one would hear in the streets and taverns of Weimar or Cöthen, elevated to levels of new expressiveness by a mast...   [tags: baroque, composition, elements] 1457 words
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The Music of Claude Debussy - ... However, the key areas don’t reflect that the way the listener might expect. Being that the vast majority of this piece is in G, it is musical material other than key areas that one must use in order to distinguish the different sections. The piece begins with the piano playing soft parallel i and IV chords, establishing Dorian mode. The violin comes in immediately at the fourth bar and by the ninth bar it lets us know that we are not listening to the mellow Debussy that we may be accustomed to....   [tags: impressionistic composers] 712 words
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Stradivarius: Unsurpassed Artisan or Just Lucky? - Stradivarius: Unsurpassed Artisan or Just Lucky. There are about seven hundred Stradivarius violins still intact from the 17th century, and they are among the most sought-after instruments in the world (3). Most, if not all, of the greatest violinists of modern times believe that there is something in the Cremonese violins that provides superior tonal quality to all other violins. Skilled violinists can even distinguish between different qualities in the sound produced by individual Stradivarius violins....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers] 1839 words
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An Analysis of Brooks' First Fight.Then Fiddle - An Analysis of Brooks' First Fight.Then Fiddle   Gwendolyn Brooks' "First fight. Then Fiddle." initially seems to argue for the necessity of brutal war in order to create a space for the pursuit of beautiful art. The poem is more complex, however, because it also implies both that war cannot protect art and that art should not justify war. Yet if Brooks seems, paradoxically, to argue against art within a work of art, she does so in order create an artwork that by its very recognition of art's costs would justify itself....   [tags: First Fight.Then Fiddle] 945 words
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The Los Angeles Philharmonic Classical Music Concert Report - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Classical Music Concert Report I attended the Los Angeles Philharmonic classical music concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday 29 November 2013. The classical concert started at 8:00pm to the enjoyment of the huge audience that had been waiting for this amazing music extravaganza. Classical music concerts always offer magnificent entertainment and the audience in this concert was expectant to derive such entertainment or more. In attendance were Christian Zacharias who was the conductor and Martin Chalifour who was the LA Phil commanding Principal Concertmaster and Bach violin player....   [tags: music, concert, audience] 574 words
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Concert by the D'Entrecasteaux Program - ... This moves into a more glorious section, a tempo ordinario – allegro, non presto, with a slightly slower feel and dotted rhythms, where the ensemble develops into steady counterpoint. The Passacaille section in three then contains cascading melodies in thirds, and is a little heavier rhythmically with some stronger dynamics. The playing is gloriously sombre and passionate, with powerful basso continuo lines which augment mournful violin decoration that floats over the top. As a whole the piece was even and refined, the playing simply gorgeous....   [tags: music and performance review] 1256 words
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: The Necessity of Communication and Support - In The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, Gregor’s evolution to an insect symbolizes the loss of thorough communication, representing the disconnection of the individual from his family and his surroundings. Through this metamorphosis, the once loving family begins to remove itself from any past interactions with Gregor. In addition, the setting and surroundings of Gregor completely overcome him and persuade him to lose hope. The family and surroundings, not the change to an insect, lead Gregor towards death....   [tags: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis]
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Significance of Music Used in the Movie, A Clockwork Orange - The use of music as a motif in (Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange 1962)] creates a lens so that the viewer is able to recognize the trend that violence has to destroy an individual’s identity. Although Alex (Malcolm McDowell) clearly associates violence with his own individual identity and sense of self, he consistently reveals the impossibility of remaining an individual in the face of group-oriented violence. The images that music create coincide the destruction of Alex’s identity, either through compliance to a group’s style of violence or through failure to embrace the similarity of group actions associated with violence....   [tags: films, cinematography] 1202 words
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Julliard to Skid Row: The Soloist - Both the book and film are set in Los Angeles and tell a story of a homeless paranoid schizophrenic named Nathaniel Ayers. Throughout the film The Soloist directed by Joe Wright, it explains what happened to Nathaniel and his love for music; some of those events happen in the book; The Soloist by Steve Lopez. Nathaniel loves music but has a mental illness, while Mr. Lopez is a columnist for LA Times. While both the book and the film tell the same story, it is the book that is far more effective because it gave more characterization and detailed plot....   [tags: Steve Lopez book, Joe Wright film] 708 words
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A Brief Biography of Albert Einstein - ... His goal was to receive a diploma so he could teach mathematics and physics (his favorite subjects as a child). He finished his education in July 1900. Not only was Albert an intelligent man but he also was a great musician. He could play both the violin and the piano. His love of music would eventually bring him to Italy and Switzerland. His love of music was greatly influenced by his mother, Pauline, who was a great pianist also. Albert began playing the violin at the age of six, while his family was living in Munich, Germany....   [tags: family, education, relativity ] 526 words
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The Glorious Stradivari Revolution - Antonio Stradivari is known by many as one of the greatest luthiers of all time. The question at hand is, “why?” From as early as the beginning of the 1700’s, Stradivari was well known in the music world. His instruments have been reproduced in order to fool consumers into buying something that looks like a Strad. There are also luthiers that try to replicate Stradivari’s design for their own satisfaction. Antonio Stradivari’s instruments have become socially and technically popular over time due to his superior craftsmanship, and for others, their large price tag....   [tags: Antonio Stradivari, music, luthier, instruments]
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Themes and Variations of the Trout Quintet - Themes and Variations of the Trout Quintet A quintet is a work for five instruments, in this case piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass (piano quintet). The fourth movement of this quintet is a theme and variations on Schubert's song 'Die Forelle' (The Trout). Schubert (1797-1828) was a prolific song / lied composer. Many of his songs took their inspiration from the beauty of nature; 'The Trout' being a good example. Much of his 'lieder' display pictorial word painting effects in either the vocal or piano writing - note the piano 'ripples' of the brook in the accompaniment of 'Die Forelle'....   [tags: Papers] 684 words
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Jewish Music in New Orleans: A Look at the New Orleans Klezmer All Stars - On Halloween weekend, 2009, I had the opportunity to attend a major music festival in New Orleans – Voodoo Experience. Prior to this assignment, I had no intention of going to this event. However, as I began to piece together my topic and goals for this project, this became my best opportunity to experience what I have set out to understand. The purpose of this music-culture research report is to chronicle Jewish music in New Orleans – specifically the New Orleans Klezmer All Stars. I gave up the typical Halloween experience in order to seek out a band that seemed to be the ultimate blend I was looking for – a Jewish klezmer band that is distinctly New Orleans....   [tags: Music]
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Review of "The Clockwork Three" by Matthew J. Kirby - For my book report, I will be doing a book called “The Clockwork Three” by Matthew J. Kirby. It was first published in 2010. This story occurs in the early twentieth century in New York City. The main characters are Giuseppe, Hannah, and Frederick. Giuseppe is an eleven-year-old boy who parents had died and he was soon was kidnapped. He was taken away from his family in Italy to New York City when that happened. Hannah is a twelve-year-old girl who loved school, but had to quit and become a maid because she had to earn money for her family since her father, who used to earn money for the family, but got very sick....   [tags: Kidnapped, Children, Adversity]
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Music: Niccolò Paganini as the Soloist - ... By 1800 he and his father had traveled to Livorno, where Paganini would perform. In 1801 Paganini and his father returned to Genoa. That same year, on September 14, Paganini and his older brother Carlo Paganini, another violinist, went to Lucca to play at the festival of Santa Croce. The performance was a great success and Paganini was then appointed first violin of the Republic of Lucca's national orchestra. Although that was his official occupation, Paganini spent a lot of time freelancing....   [tags: performance, church, italy] 1306 words
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Classical vs. Modern Music - Classical vs. Modern Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria. He was born to an overbearing and ambitious father, Leopold, who was more than anxious to exploit his son's extraordinary musical gifts. Mozart began composing at an early age, and he began touring around the same time. Throughout his life, Mozart made many enemies, many his own fault, through his naive arrogance and harsh critique of his musical contemporaries. He worked feverishly, composing symphonies and operas, as well as touring constantly....   [tags: Papers] 1068 words
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Bells and Beats: Dido's Aria - “When I am laid in earth” is an aria written in the Baroque period. It is a lament featuring the character Dido that directly precedes her death. The aria it is written in repeated binary form, and the repetitions in this piece reflect the style of Purcell and of Baroque music as a whole. The aria is written in 3/2 time and the tempo marking is “larghetto.” The meter allows the piece to have weight, and this combines with the slow tempo is appropriate for the heavy emotion required in a lament....   [tags: Baroque period music] 793 words
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Musical Piece, Romeo and Juliet Overture: Love Theme by Tchaikovsky - ... This contrast is present in Romeo and Juliet as well. They are from opposing households, and they have almost nothing in common, yet they fit together in harmony. Their families have fought for years, yet their love sees through the tensions between their families. As the music builds up in this section, this represents the initial shyness and hesitancy between Romeo and Juliet. (Tchaikovsky, 3:51 - 3:59) Though Romeo is smitten from when he first lays eyes on Juliet, she is originally apprehensive because Romeo was courting her so quickly....   [tags: movement, instruments, turmoil]
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A Hardingfele Fiddle - ... A couple popular hardingfele dances are the springar and the gangar. These lively dances were played all over Norway by hardingfele players. A hardingfele has a distinct sound that is quite similar to that of a violin, but more like a dulcimer in some aspects. The body of a hardingfele is the same size and contour of that of a violin. The main difference between the two instruments is that the hardingfele has up to nine strings. A traditional violin has four strings while a hardingfele has those four plus four or five drone strings underneath....   [tags: unique, historical instrument, Norway] 709 words
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Music and the Mind - ... To do this, he used certain classical music pieces from the Baroque period that contained the 60 beat per minute pattern in his lessons. Through his method he proved that foreign languages can be learned with 85 - 100% efficiency in only 30 days with these pieces. What they found, was that even after 4 years of not reviewing the material they were taught, students still had a recall accuracy of 100%. It has been proven, that people who’ve had musical training are able to pick-up second languages much faster....   [tags: einstein, mozart, spacial reasoning] 1899 words
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 - “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183” The classical era lasted from the 1750s to the 1820s, during this period the progression in instrumental music depended greatly on the influence of three master composers. The three were Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven (Kamien 156). Like the period before classical music, instrument has become just as important as vocal music. But, unlike the baroque period, the classical period music incorporated more movements, had more than one central mood, rhythm was flexible, the texture was centrally homophonic, and other characteristics....   [tags: master composers, music prodigy]
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Analysis of Columbus State Musical Concerts - ... The first recital I attended was performed by the lovely Hannah Evans on Saturday October 5th, she was playing the viola. Her performance really struck me as very smooth and elegant, she started her arrangement very soft and mellow which seemed to sooth the crowd. Her performance tone to me was one of a kind, her composer and her play on the instrument itself was amazing. The viola looked very similar to the violin but sounded a tad bit different. While listening to her play I found myself asking what the difference between the two instruments is, and this is what I found....   [tags: recites, musicians, performances, music] 654 words
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