No. 165, January 2009

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The Power of the 'Kreutzer'
Born of a tempestuous past, Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' sonata has become the most famous violin sonata ever written. Today's virtuosos say that playing it is a religious experience By Laurence Vittes

Cellist Paul Watkins Premieres Lost Work
British cellist is profiled discussing the music of Cyril Scott By Andrew Palmer

Spotlight on New String Works
A new generation of composers is exploring the potential of strings to their fullest with a little help from string-playing friends By James Reel

Digital Recording Made Easy
Student? Teacher? Player? Desktop digital recording can add a whole new dimension to your string playing By Mitch Gallagher

Choosing a Handheld Recorder
Handheld digital flash recorders are sound investments for string players of all stripes By Stephanie Wingfield

YouTube as a Teaching Tool
Online video string playing lessons are taking the teaching world by storm By Graham Pellettieri

News & Notes
News and Notes The Emersons commission a new work; string collector Dameron Midgett sells collection; Juilliard packs new early-music program with stars; Bach cello suites may reveal secret; plus Bench Marks

News Spotlight
St. Lawrence String Quartet Celebrates 20 Years Tours with new works and a nod to Canadian roots By Rory Williams

Collectible Violins Attract Investor Attention Hedge fund managers see potential in the fine-violin market By Louise Lee

Play It!
An Introduction to New England Traditional Music Fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger arranges the 'Logger's Boast' By James Reel

Master Class
Pieter Wispelwey on Britten's 3rd suite for solo cello Cellist discusses work's sheer genius By James Reel

Teaching Strings
Teaching Left-hand Position Teachers should stay flexible when determining the best way for a student to hold a fiddle By Paul Stein

Letter From
Report on Cuban Musical Life A trip to Cuba illuminates a close musical community By Mara Finkelstein and Carl Applebaum

Letter from Cuba: More from Finkelstein and Applebaum Visiting Cuba is to see a country in transition By Mara Finkelstein and Carl Applebaum

On Record
On Record Russian violist Yuri Bashmet returns with a collection of transcendent transcriptions; plus new CDs by Garth Knox and Agnes Vesterman; Gil Morgenstern and Darrett Adkins; Chloe Hanslip; Pierre Fournier; the Auer String Quartet; Lara St. John; and others

In Print
In Print Lewis Lockwood and the Juilliards offer the inside scoop on Beethoven's quartets; a biography illuminates the personality of composer Claude Debussy; plus reviews of Viola Sight-Reading 2—A Fresh Approach, Ron Carter Solos—transcribed from 22 Classic Standards, a new edition of Brahms' Concerto in A minor, Op. 102 for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra, and Real Repertoire Violin Duets

Auction Highlights
High Flying Sale Big-ticket items move easily at Boston fall auction, despite economic woes Highlights of the Skinner fall 2008 musical instrument auction By Erin Shrader

Your Instrument
Winterize Your Instrument Stability is the key to ensuring that your fiddle survives the winter How to minimize open seams, rattling purfling, and other cold-weather issues By Erin Shrader

New Products
New Products Review of DuShane acoustic electric violin from Acoustic Electric Strings By Erin Shrader

Encore
Chi-chi Nwanoku Profiled From the 100-meter dash to a career as a world-class bassist By Andrew Palmer

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