No. 220, August 2013
A Concerto in Which 3 Great Instruments Stand Shoulder to Shoulder
Contemplating the majesty of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano— prepare for an ecstatic rock fest in the finale with a Gypsy twist.
Chamber players and string soloists find rich performance opportunities at the nation’s landmark museums and art galleries.
Special Focus: Lara St. John on the Art of Interpretation
Be a Better String Player
4 ways to improve your ability to express yourself onstage: Learn the art of relaxation (p 45), consistency (p 47), confidence (p 50), and questioning (p 52). How to stay calm under pressure; do the work beforehand, so you can enjoy your performance; get rid of your doubt; and fulfill your potential as an interpreter
Practice Makes Perfect
Daily practice tips: Violinist Augustin Hadelich on avoiding mindless repetition.
News & Notes
Bassist Karl E. H. Seigfried on music and Norse mythology; Yo-Yo Ma joins former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum; the CSO goes directly to jail; and more; plus News Briefs, Milestones, and 5 Minutes with violinist Benjamin Schmid.
Move beyond notation. Simple techniques that can help you develop your ear.
How Mozart’s Sonata in F major for piano and violin, K. 376 changed chamber music forever.
ETHEL’s 12 travel tips to ease the pain of your first professional road trip.
Listen up! Learn these ear-training tools for adult students.
On My Music Stand
Seán Smyth: The acoustic band Lunasa melds the trad and classical worlds.
A violin of composite linen; dealer sued for missing $400,000 violin; inside the “he said, she said” Montagnana cello-sale suit; and April and May 2013 auction results; plus Bench Marks.
Strings Trade Spotlight
Navigating the musical-instrument passport program: what string players need to know about the new regulations.
9 tips for getting your child a good student instrument.
Ask the Experts
Is there a safe way to clean dirty bow hair?
Rockin’ Rosin offers sticky cakes in whimsical shapes.
What’s in the Case?
Exploring Dana Leong’s high-flying Yamaha Silent Cello.
The Volta Standard 4-string acoustic-electric violin; the Jay Haide Bajoni viola; the Frirsz bass tailpiece; and a Fritz Kreisler bust.