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On Ornamentation and Christmas Trees

Every Christmas, my brother and I always decorate our Christmas tree. Over the years, the way we have decorated it has evolved greatly into the current combinations of European glass treasures and delicate ceramic angels amid multicolored lights and gleaming … Continue reading

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CD Review: Maria Giovanna Fiorentino and I Fiori Musicali play Barsanti

Back in 2007 when I first entered college, I suddenly had this burning desire to learn to play the recorder. My main reason: I was passionate about Baroque music and wanted to play sonatas with continuo. Although I began with … Continue reading

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No Shoulder Rest, Thank You!

The shoulder rest: An essential to the modern violinist’s equipment. Today when entering any studio or concert hall, one will notice that the majority of modern violinists — student, amateur, professional, and so forth — play with one. Indeed, shoulder … Continue reading

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Hey, Did’ll, Did’ll!

When I initially began playing around with the recorder as an eighth-grader enthralled with the instrument after hearing Michala Petri playing The Four Seasons, I must admit that how I initially began “teaching myself” the instrument was rather hodge-podge. Wanting … Continue reading

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Food For Thought: Corelli’s La Folia

La Folia: One of the most revered musical motifs in music history. Originating as a simple Portuguese folk tune/dance with a designated chord progression, the theme became highly popular during the Renaissance and Baroque periods of music history. The theme … Continue reading

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Bow Holds Revisited

In my previous post, I addressed the historical issue of varying bow holds during the Baroque period, most notably the so-called French and Italian holds. Interestingly, the so-called French grip was the manner in which I (and countless other young … Continue reading

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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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