No. 176, December 2009
Stringletter

No. 176, December 2009

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The Sound of a String Quartet Going Supernova
Playing 'weird music in weird places'—for the Del Sol Quartet, it's not just a job . . . it's a mission! By David Templeton

A Guide to Buying a Violin Outfit
Today's market offers good values at every price point under $2,000 By Erin Shrader

 

News & Notes
News and Notes Daniel Hope keeps busy; Gil Shaham and wife Adele Anthony perfom Sarasate; the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra gets new home; violists convene in South Africa; Itzhak Perlman joins New York Phil to end polio; and student bassists report pain symptoms; plus News Briefs By Rory Williams

Centerstage
Bassist Charnett Moffett's Improv Grounded in Free Jazz New CD spotlights a range of techniques By Eric Fine

A Musical Life
Touring Soloist Juggles Motherhood and a Cello Kristina Reiko Cooper's road case is the one with the Baby On Board sticker By Christopher Roberts

Letter From
Warm Hands Greet a String Player on a Mission of Peace For activist and violinist William Harvey, music breaks down cultural barriers in West African nation of Cameroon By William Harvey

On My Music Stand
Korngold Violin Concerto Is an iPod Favorite for the Ages For Caroline Goulding, sharing a birthday with the dedicatee of this violin work is just one source of its appeal By Caroline Goulding

Teaching Strings
Want to Teach Fiddling? Where a Student Should Start Tips on teaching chords, rhythm, slurring, and jamming By Donna Hebert

Practical Musician
How to Start Your Own String Music School Entrepreneur shares pointers on the nuts and bolts of founding your own string program By Louise Lee

Strings 101
Boost Your Sound Projection in 3 Easy Steps Improved articulation can help a cellist pump up the volume By Judith Glyde

Play It!
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Enjoy learning this unique take on the holiday classic By Renata Bratt

Master Class
Violinist Viktoria Mullova's Top 5 Tips for Playing Bach Learn to master technique, but infuse these classics with personal truth By Andrew Palmer

Strings Trade
Strings Trade New book translation spotlights seminal Italian violin expert Count Cozio; Parker Quartet takes Strads out for a spin; no gold awarded at ISB bass-making competition; and violin shops help one of their own; plus Bench Marks By Erin Shrader

Your Instrument
Is a One-Piece Back Really Better Than Two? A violin maker explains how to see the forest through the trees By David Folland

New Products
New Products Angels Tertis-model viola; Samuel Shen SB190 Rogeri hybrid bass; Meisel adjustable chin rest; Humidipak humidity-control system; and Shar Presto Impulse violin bow; plus, in Classic Gear, the Korg CA30 tuner By Erin Shrader

In Print
In PrintTrills in the Bach Cello Suites: A Handbook for Performers by Jerome Carrington; IMC's new edition of Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, with commentary and preparatory exercises; plus, in Briefly Noted, Smetana's String Quartet No. 2 in D minor, Haydn's complete string quartets, and Jade Visions: The Life and Music of Scott LaFaro

On Record
On Record American String Project's annual recital CD expands on some of the world's greatest chamber literature; plus David Aaron Carpenter plays Elgar and Schnittke viola concertos, Caroline Goulding debuts, Weilerstein Trio plays Janacek and Schumann, Baroque Ensemble of the Merseyside Kammermusikgesellschaft rocks The Baroque Beatles Book, Isabelle Faust plays the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano, Michelle LaCourse offers Chocolates: Music for Viola and Piano, and string virtuosos tackle Einojuhani Rautavaara's 12 Concertos for strings, winds, piano, harp, organ, and birds
Miscellany
Soweto Serenade International efforts aid in establishing a music school in South Africa By Greg Cahill


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