No. 175, November 2009


Musical Ambassador
Jordi Savall—Have viola da gamba, will travel By James Reel

Twice as Nice
Contemplating the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello—Brahms' alleged apology to a friend By Laurence Vittes

Why Fine German Bows Are Such a Bargain
Tips on finding a good-quality stick for under $5,000 By Philip Kass

An Avid Collector of Vintage Violin Cases
Dr. Glenn Wood confesses to a 'wood-and-leather love affair' By David Templeton

How to Get a Loaner from an Instrument Bank
A fine stringed instrument could be yours—for free! (sort of)—but read the fine print By Louise Lee

News & Notes
News and Notes Repin, Maisky, Lang Lang Trio debuts; Janine Jansen records Beethoven and Britten; Ann Marie Calhoun sets Sherlock movie soundtrack; Other Minds launches season; Stockton Symphony receives grant; and the music world mourns Mike Seeger; plus News Briefs

News Spotlight
String Projects Reach Milestone and a Few Roadblocks Considerable successes reported 10 years into bold plan to boost the number of string teachers By Rory Williams

Legendary British Orchestra Celebrates Its 50th Birthday Academy of St. Martin in the Fields still the go-to-orchestra for top soloists By Inge Kjemtrup

On My Music Stand
Bassist Jeremy Kurtz Rises to Challenge Bach's Suites for Solo Cello Scholarship is important, but don't let it get in the way of musicality By Jeremy Kurtz

Teaching Strings
Improve Playing Through These Simple Posture Pointers Paul Rolland's approach puts tension-free playing at the fingertips of your students By Christopher Roberts

Practical Musician
Winning Isn't Everything, It's All About How You Play Six ways the challenges of a competition can help you play better, win or lose By Louise Lee

Strings 101
6 Ways to Build Agility in Your Bowing Hand Use these simple exercises as a part of your warm-up routine By Leah Swann

Play It!
Sleepless Autumn Night Harvests a 'Crazy' Rock Original Enjoy a range of styles and textures in this piece By Anna Stafford

Master Class
The Soul of Schubert's String Quintet in C Major Top chamber players ponder the joys and complexities of this unique work By Laurence Vittes

Strings Trade
Strings Trade Tarisio turns 10, bow makers rally behind the IPCI, Brompton's Auctioneers rolls out online auction database, essential guide to bows released, Christie's auction news, plus Bench Marks By Erin Shrader

Shop Visit
Israeli Bow Maker Conjures the Magic from the Stick On a remote kibbutz, award-winner David Samuels is perfecting the art of bow making By Mark Summer

Your Instrument
A String Player's Guide to the Art of Looping With a digital phrase sampler, a lone string player can build a wall of sound By Gregory Walker

New Products
New Products Palatino's Billy Bass; Overture Ultra Violin Strings; the TT-1000 Chromatic Tuner from Tune Tech; and Glaesel's classic Ultra Practice Mute By Erin Shrader

In Print
In Print Boosey & Hawkes releases new edition of Offenbach's Concerto Militaire; plus a dissection of Haydn's string quartets; Rossini's Duetto for Violoncello and Double Bass; Kurt Weill's The Magic Night Waltz from Zaubernacht; and Smetana's String Quartet No. 1 in E minor

On Record
On Record Taarka's Seed Gathering for a Wintergarden, plus new discs from the Cypress String Quartet, the Queen's Chamber Trio, Julia Fischer, the Nash Ensemble, and others

In The Moment The visceral world of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel By Greg Cahill

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