No. 154, December 2007
Stringletter

No. 154, December 2007

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What did the Blackbird Say to the Crow?
Octogenarian fiddler Joe Thompson, the master of the frolic tradition of the North Carolina Piedmont region, has the answer By David Romtvedt

In the Tradition
The Carolina Chocolate Drops embrace the Piedmont style of fiddler Joe Thompson By Robert L. Doerschuk

Leader of the Pack
German cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott steps into the limelight By Laurence Vittes

Living in Alto Clef
11 top players pick the best loved, and most overlooked, viola works of all time By Heather K. Scott

Wood Woes
As forests face an uncertain future, luthiers strive for sustainability. But don't take that ebony fingerboard or pernambuco bow for granted By Patrick Sullivan

Holiday Gifts
Wondering what to get the string player in your life? Here are 16 fun, fantastic holiday gifts By Heather K. Scott

Encore
New Age of Violin In a Trance Rena Jones finds the music within to put out a new sound By Eliana Fiore

News & Notes
News and Notes Ozzies Rule! The Broadsky Quartet gets a new member, notes on absolute pitch, Amatis make the trip to Italy, and more By Rory Williams

News Spotlight
The Gould Standard Philanthropist and amateur violinist expands adventurous commissioning project By Rory Williams

Practical Musician
Getting Coverage How to know when you need a publicist and what you should expect By David Templeton

Strings 101
Shall We Dance? Learn to bow by Laban's motion factors By James Reel

Play It!
'Blue' for the Holidays A new arrangement of 'Blue Christmas' for string trio offers relief from the holiday blues By Graham Pellettieri

Back to Bass-ics Capuzzi's simple bass concerto isn't child's play By James Reel

Master Class
Making Magic Yo-Yo Ma explains the role of communication in performance By Edith Eisler

On Record
The Playing's the Thing Joshua Bell is fabulous on Corigliano's 'Red Violin Concerto' Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 88–92, Sinfonia concertante; Brahms: The String Sextets, Op. 18 and 36; New Impossibilities; Amberwood: Duos for Violin, Viola, and Piano, and more reviews

In Print
Saving Bartók 'Music Divided' reveals Bartók's music in its political context post-WWII Tune Up the Fiddle (Na, Skruva Fiolen): 16 Easy to Intermediate Pieces from 18th-century Sweden; Beethoven: String Quartets, Op. 18, Nos. 1–6. (Study Score); Christoph Schetky: 6 Easy Duets, Op. 7, for two cellos, and The World of Women in Classical Music

Your Instrument
The Hybrid Bow Specially designed bow lets arthritic cellist continue playing By Peg Baumgartel

Shop Visit
Man on a Mission Persistence paid off for award-winning viola maker William Scott By Jon Wurtmann

New Products
Reviews of New Products NetRehair and Pirastro Passione gut violin strings By Erin Shrader

Advertiser Index
Strings 154 Advertiser Index A PDF of the advertisers from the December 2007 issue

Encore
She's Got the Beat! Rena Jones blends strings and grooves to create an ambient electronica sound By Eliana Fiore


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