Category Archive: Music History

Jul 09

Busking: Taking It to the Streets

Maybe you’re getting tired of practicing. I mean, come on, it’s summer—everyone is taking trips to the beach, chasing after the sound of “The Entertainer” playing from the ice cream truck, and riding bikes in the sunshine. What could possibly be so appealing about confining yourself in a small, hot, stuffy room to play scales? …

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Apr 23

Stradivarius in the Attic?

So you’re at Grandpa’s house helping him clean out his attic.  While cleaning, you stumble across a dusty trunk and inside you find some old books, a quilt, and a violin.  At first, it doesn’t look like much, the bridge is missing and who knows the last time the strings were changes.  But wait!  Something …

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Jul 25

Mozart vs. Beethoven

Today we will answer a very important question; a question that has plagued classical music scholars for centuries, I’m sure. The first person to actually ask me this question was not a learned professor or a talented colleague, it was my twin brother. Which was surprising at the time since his favorite musician was Weird …

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Jul 16

Violins Are Like Legos: They’re Meant to Come Apart

You’ve seen it before. Intermission commences at the junior high orchestra concert. The suspect, a rather uncoordinated violist (who shall remain unnamed), trips over a cello and the audience gasps as it faceplants on the ground. The bridge goes flying. The strings go limp. A harried seventh grader fights backs tears as she runs to …

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May 02

The Legacy of a Genius

Johann Sebastien Bach was one of the most notably gifted and talented musicians and composers of all time. His music had a significant influence on many composers who would come after him. Being very pleasant and delightful, his music is enjoyed by many today. Bach was born March 21, 1685 in Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach, which is …

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