No. 114, November/December 2003


Bach and Beyond

Ilya Gringolts plumbs the depths of Baroque and surveys the future of modern music. By Greg Cahill.

What Ilya Gringolts Plays. By Greg Cahill.

Remembering Piatigorsky

On the 100th anniversary of the cellist's birth, Strings looks back at Gregor Piatigorsky's fabulously successful career, his exuberantly healthy approach to life and art, and what his legacy still holds today. By Robert Markow.

Get Carter

A year in the life of a marathon string-quartet cycle. By Masumi Per Rostad.

Focus on Europe.

Straight From the Hip

Thomas Zehetmair brings a fresh approach to stage, studio, and stick. By Daniel Felsenfeld.

Hungary for the Good Life

Spending a week immersed in the world of Bartók. By Inge Kjemtrup.

The British Isles

Searching for the elusive roots of English folk fiddling. By David Surette.


Benefit Concert. The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra received a much-needed boost from Musicians for Harmony concert.
Four for Texas. The Miro Quartet takes up appointment as the resident faculty quartet at the University of Texas at Austin.
Music You Can Bank On. The Canada Council for the Arts has loaned $15 million worth of stringed instruments for the next three years to gifted young Canadian musicians. Kaori Yamagami and Yi-Jia Susanne Hou won the first two instruments .
NEC Project . The New England Conservatory plans to celebrate the centennial of Boston's Jordan Hall.
Return of the 'Red Violin.' Josua Bell performs a full concert of music composed by the "Red Violin" composer, John Corigliano. By Greg Cahill.
TV Eye. The PBS-TV series Independent Lns features "Eroica!", a profile of the Grammy-nominated trio.
McCarty at Meadowmount. Patricia McCarty joins the viola and chamber music faculty at Meadowmount School of Music.
Prize Winners. The International Violin Competition of Sion-Valais 2003 winners included: 1st prize, Marianne Thorsen; 2nd prize: Liza Ferschtman, Eric Schumann, and Roman Simovic; 5th prize: Keisuke Orazaki; 6th prize: Roy Gablinger; Public prize: Roy Gablinger…
Russian Soul. Hideko Udagawa's latest CD, Aram Kahachaturian: Sonata and Dances, is a testament that the former child prodigy is tapped into Russia's collective soul. With Boris Berezovsky on piano. By Greg Cahill.
Sadao Harada in San Francisco. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music appoints Sadao Harada to its cello faculty.
Interlochen's New Leader. Jeffrey S. Kimpton is slated to become the next president of Interlochen.
On the Road. Matt Haimovitz' new CD, "Anthem," features 11 short cello works, most of which reflect on the 9/11 traged.y
Passings. David Walter, distinguished professor of the double bass at both Juilliard and Manhattan Schools died on July 1 in New York.

All in the Family. Was Rene Pollain related to the cellist Fernand Pollain? Ii is thought that the two were brothers.
Trouble with Tension. Suggestions for relaxing tense muscles while bowing (sourced from Janet Horvath, author of Playing Less Hurt).
Why Is a Frog Called a Frog? Hypotheses as to how the bow's frog got its name.


Fit as a Fiddle. For musicians, staying healthy can be a full-time job. Tips for keeping in shape and playing without pain. By David Templeton.


Twice as Nice. A primer in executing double-stops on the violin. An easy guide for playing double stops, including diagrams, musical examples, and helpful tips. By Bobbi Shearn Nikles.


Living in 3/4 Time. Playing waltzes from the heart with fiddler Jay Ungar. Tips from Ungar on how to best play waltz music. Including information on slides, and msuical examples. By James Reel.


String Us Good Cheer. Arm yourself with fine string music to fit every holiday occasion. Choosing secular holiday music can be a good fit for holiday gigs. The author offers suggestions, along with music to play. By Elisa M. Welch.


Mountain Peek. Valley of the Moon fiddler's camp is a music-maker's Brigadoon. A first-hand look at Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon fiddle camp. By David Templeton.

'Pictures' in a New Edition . Mussorgsky's classic orchestral work arranged for string quartet. Pictures at an Exhibition, by Modest Mussorgsky, is part of a newly released string quartet arrangement by Jeremy Nurse (Cacophonix). By Heather K. Scott.
A Biography of the Turkish Composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun and a Discussion of His Violin Works . By Selim Giray, published by Ediwn Mellen Press. By Heather K. Scott.
At the Opera: Tales of the Great Operas. By Anne Fiery, illustrated by Peter Malone; published by Chronicle Books. By Heather K. Scott.
Sensible Scales Plus! For Violin & Fiddle. By Julianna Waller, published by Mel Bay Publications. By Heather K. Scott.
Violin: Six Lessons with Yehudi Menuhin . A three-DVD set, put out by The Sound Post, Ltd. By Heather K. Scott.
Briefly Noted . Homespun Tape's latest release: Bluegrass Fiddle, by Stacy Phillips, and Notes from the Pit, by Amadeus quartet cellist Helen Kpeck (No Strings Publishing). By Heather K. Scott.

Viola Power. Australian Violist Patricia Pollet spotlights composers from the land down under In this, the second work disc of Australian viola works, Pollet showcases the violist's commitment to Australian composers and to young talents. By Mary Nemet.
Bach: Violin Concertos. Hilary Hahn, violin, Jeffrey Kahane conducting the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. By Edith Eisler
Beethoven and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos. Victoria Mullova, violin; John Eliot Gardiner conducting Orchestre Révolutionaire et Romantique. By Edith Eisler.
East Meets East. Nigel Kennedy, violin, electric violin; the Kroke Band: Tomasz Kukurba, viola, vlutes, percussion; Jerzy Bawol, accordion; Tomasz Lato, bass. Guests: vocalist Natacha Atlas and others. By Edith Eisler.
Mendelssohn and Burch Violin Concertos. Midori, violin; Marris Jansons conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. By Edith Eisler.
Sea Sketches: Walters, Walton, Williams, Warlock. Roy Goodman conducting the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. By Robert Moon.
Vivaldi La Stravaganza: Violin Concertos Op. 4, Nos. 1–2. Rachel Podger, violin, Arte dei Suonatori. By Laurence Vittes.
Beethoven: String Quintets: Op. 1, No. 2; Op. 11; Op. 17. Transcriptions by Carl Khym. Metamorphosis Quintet. By Robert Moon.
Rachmaninov, Frack: Cello Sonatas. Steven Isserlis, cello; Stephen Hough, piano; with Rebecca Evans, soprano. By Edith Eisler.
Stravinsky and Berg Violin Concertos and Lalo: Symphonie Espagnol; Manen: Concierto Espagnol . Stravinsky and Berg Violin Concertos. Mark Kaplan, violin; Lawrence Foster conducting the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Lalo: Symphonie Espagnol; Manen: Concierto Espagnol. Mark Kaplan, violin; Lawrence Foster conducting Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona… By Edith Eisler.
Together . Li Chuanyun, violin; Huang Yameng, piano. By David Templeton.


The Patron Saint of Sound. Norman Pickering answers the question: So, how do stringed instruments work? An interview with the renown string technician, Norman Pickering. And an explanation of just how the violin and strings create sound. By James N. McKean.


Holiday Gift Guide: Playing Musical Cheers. Sixteen inventive items to suit every string player on your gift list: CodaBow electric carbon fiber bow, Sexy Chairs note chair, Breezy Ridge Artiste rosin, Crispin's Creations "Divertimento" earings, Wild About Music violin-shaped wine case, Wiggles and Tunes violin pops, Kun Bravo rest, LOC Knowledge cards, Earthstar… By Heather K. Scott.


Playing Hard. Mirthful maestro Dick Bright is proving that some violinists have all the fun. Bright shares how he manages to continue to play his own unique style of music---and do it very well. By David Templeton.

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