Monthly Archives: December 2010

A Tale of Two Bow Holds

Since my last post, I have been heavily immersing myself in research for historically-informed violin-playing. Not only have I ordered an urtext edition of some Corelli sonatas for my voice teacher and me to play together, but I have also … Continue reading

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A Clever Take on the Tour de Chant

In my post “French Baroque: It’s French to Me!”, I gave a detailed account of how I literally struggled with French Baroque music, most notably with all its quirky ornaments. I also recounted how my voice teacher/continuo player literally had … Continue reading

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Caution: Handel Plagiarism

Now that I am getting more into historically informed performance on the violin, I have not only begun researching new repertoire to perform, but I am also re-visiting previous Baroque violin repertoire as a means of both getting acquainted with … Continue reading

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More Fresh Recorder Repertoire

In my last post, I tackled the issue of locating Baroque recorder repertoire outside of the way overplayed Handel and Telemann sonatas, recommending Ignazio Sieber’s Six Sonatas as one excellent option. Now I shall elaborate further on this subject and … Continue reading

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Recorder Repertoire: Do Something Fresh!

“Oh no, not again!” I cannot help but react this way whenever I see the Handel or Telemann recorder sonatas listed on a recital program or on somebody’s recording. Indeed, while I thoroughly enjoy the charm of both, especially of … Continue reading

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A Baroque Strad — Perfectly True!

“My violin is a copy of a Stradivarius,” remarked my stand partner at youth orchestra one day. “What’s that?” I — a curious sixth-grader — innocently asked. “Oh, a Stradivarius is the finest violin in the world. They cost millions … Continue reading

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