No. 132, October 2005


Mondo Italiano!
David Fulton is the steward of the world's largest private collection of rare Italian stringed instruments and bows—and he loves every minute of it. By Erin Shrader.

"He Was a Genius Already."
New book traces the intriguing origins and development of Antonio Stradivari. By Tony Faber.

Mr. Tourte, I Need a New Bow!
How the Tourte-design became the model for the modern bow. By Valerie Walden.

The Mystery of Origin.
For 200 years, German luthiers supplied musicians with serviceable and affordable stringed intruments. Yet their story remains largely unknown. By Richard Ward.

Dream Weaver 

Super violin teacher Zakhar Bron puts students on the road to success. By Christopher Whiting.


Hurricane Relief. Gulf Coast musicians receive helping hand.

Retirement Planning 101. Studio teachers can learn to save for retirement. By Jonathan A. Sturm.

News & Notes
Benchmarks. Lutherie Graduates, Faculty Appointments, Bordeaux Winners, Hill Competition Winners, Passings By Greg Cahill

Klein Competition Update. Cellist Mihai Marica wins top honors By Greg Cahill

String Détente. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin kicks off Cremona-Kremlin Project By Erin Shrader

Bridge to Tomorrow. Library of Congress and Bridge Records renew contract to coproduce recordings from Library's concert archive By Greg Cahill

Top of the New. ASCAP honors American Composers Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, New England Philharmonic By Greg Cahill

News Spotlight
The Advocate Helen Callus might just be the best friend the viola world ever had Violist Helen Callus becomes new president of the American Viola Society By James Reel

Practical Musician
Sound Advice Learning to focus on the audience Dutch Cellist Rata Kloppenburg stresses importance of relating to audience By Simone Solondz

Strings 101
Bowing with Style An exploration of the use of the stick for a uniform orchestral sound Most conductors advocate uniform bowing By James Reel

Play It!
Mexican Serenade A string-quartet tribute to America's foremost ragtime composer Scott Joplin's work honored, Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer By Elisa M. Welch

Master Class
Four-String Innovator Eugene Ysaye's solo sonatas are a study in one-upmanship Inventive violinist-composer celebrated By James Reel

Letter From
Going Global Trekking from Utah to Iceland for a pair of viola gatherings By Matthew Dane

In Print
Quartets Anyone? New editions spotlight artful works for multiple cellos Cello Vielharmonie features multicello arrangements of familiar tunes By Sarah Freiberg

Berklee Practice Method: Violin/Get Your Band Together. Matt Glaser, Mimi Rabson, Berklee Press, By Stacy Phillips

Dance of Avalon. Violin quartet by Tony Osborne, Recital Music, Vale Cottage, The Hamlet, Templecombe, Somerset, UK By Mary Nemet

Etudes for My Teachers. Solo violin, Alexander Negerevich, Dorian Music, By Mary Nemet

On Record
Fearless Flyer Violinist Charles Castleman meets Hungarian genius Jenö Hubay Jeno Hubay: Scenes De La Csarda, Eastman Chamber Orchestra, conductor Mendi Rodan, Music & Arts By Mary Nemet

Mozart: "Prussian" Quartets. Tokyo String Quartet, Martin Beaver, Kikuei Ikeda, Kazuhide Isomura, Clive Greensmith, Biddulph By James Reel

Vivaldi: Concerts Dedicated to Johann Georg Pisendel. Violin Concertos, Ensemble Guidantus, Real Sound, By James Reel

Haydn Cello Concertos. Michael Kanka, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Praga Digitals By Laurence Vittes

Wolfgang Schneiderhan: The 1950s Recordings. concertos by Vivaldi, Tartini, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Brahms, Frank Martin, Ernest Ansermet, Paul Baumgartner, Ferenc Fricsay, Paul van Kempen, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Deutsche Grammophon By Laurence Vittes

Dialogues with Double Bass. Music of Rossini, Patitucci, Telemann, Bottesini, Dalby, Gliere, Elgar, Francaix, Jeremy McCoy, Steven Doane, John Patitucci, Whitney Crockett, Laura Gilbert, Ira Weller, Demian Austin, June Han By James Reel

The Hungarian String Quartet. 1937-1968 By Laurence Vittes

Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord. James Ehnes, Luc Beausejour, Analekta By James Reel

Corky Siegel's Traveling Chamber Blues Show. Jeff Yang, Mark Agnor, Nell Flanders, Jill Kaeding, Frank Donaldson, Richard Halajian, Randy Sabien, Rollo Radford By Greg Cahill

Moods for Moderns. Kronos Quartet, You've Stolen My Heart: Songs from R.D. Burman's Bollywood, Nonesuch, Moodswings, Brodsky, Triptych, Robert Sirota, New Voices Singles By Greg Cahill

Strauss, Reger: Sonatas for Violoncello and Piano. Emmanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyel By James Reel

There Is Still Time. Frances-Marie Uitti, Paul Griffiths By Greg Cahill

The Living End. RCA Red Seal Living Stereo By Greg Cahill

Auction Highlights
Five-Figure Fancies Ruggieri, Storioni, and Stainer have their day By Erin Shrader

Shop Visit
Signature Series Seattle luthier David Van Zandt turns to Stainer and del Gesù for inspiration By Erin Shrader

Your Instrument
Tailpiece Tails A few thoughts on the Rodney Dangerfield of fiddle fittings By Erin Shrader

New Products
The Bottom Line A five-string hybrid that can handle bass and cello duties NS Design introduces new electric bowed intrument called NS Bass Cello By Erin Shrader

A World of Sound Australian Composer Padma Newsome explores exotic musical terrain By Simone Solondz

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