No. 174, October 2009
Stringletter

No. 174, October 2009

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Revisiting Haydn's String Quartets
Joseph Haydn bequeathed the string-quartet form to a fast-changing music world. 200 years after his death, top players say, these inventive works continue to challenge and delight By James Reel

Vadim Gluzman Is a Modern Classicist
This violinist blends a love of modern music with a healthy respect for the classics By Louise Lee

Chamber Music Network Unites String Players Around the World
New York-based nonprofit boasts members in 57 countries By Louise Lee

Sunshine State Nonprofit Donates Strings Services
A Gift for Music is making a difference in lives of Orlando youths By Danielle Nadler

Fiddleworks Society Serves Canada's Most Remote Province
Team of fiddle instructors brings traditional music to the tundra By Rory Williams

News & Notes
News and Notes Joshua Bell takes to the house concert concept, Hilary Hahn expands her web presence, Anne Akiko Meyers joins University of Texas faculty, Kronos and others receive grants, England's "El Sistema" off to a good start, and violinist William Harvey heads to Afghanistan, plus News Briefs

News Spotlight
Programs Cater to the Bold Tech-Savvy String Musician For an adventurous cadre of string players, electronic-music courses are helping to alter the soundscape of modern music By James Reel

Centerstage
Jazz Fusionist Stanley Clarke Marks Return to Acoustic Bass For the first time in four decades, the upright bass is center stage on Stanley Clarke's new straight-ahead jazz CD By Eric Fine

A Musical Life
Fiddler Finds a Future on Both Sides of a Microphone For fiddler Tyler Andal, studio engineering offers skills that translate onto the stage By David Templeton

On My Music Stand
An Ode to Australians Displaced by Atomic Testing Topical work by Australian composer Matthew Hindson is bedside reading for Lara St. John By Lara St. John

Teaching Strings
Tips on Teaching an Autistic String Student Teachers and autism specialists share their own strategies from the field By Christopher Roberts

Practical Musician
How to Select Repertoire for a Recording Project Follow these 11 rules to create a winning demo or commercial CD By Louise Lee

Strings 101
How to Avoid Debilitating Back Pain as a Cellist Improve your posture in 3 easy steps By Judith Glyde

Play It!
Mimi Rabson Is Living in a Post-Bach World Berklee instructor commissions new works for solo violin By James Reel

Master Class
Learn How to Make Irish Music Sound Irish A Celtic primer for classical players: capture the lilt with authentic bowing patterns and ornamentation By Katherine Thomas

Are You Ready to Dive into the Bartok Quartet Cycle? Fry Street violinist William Fedkenheuer on taking the plunge into a half dozen deeply satisfying, but daunting, masterworks By James Reel

Strings Trade
Strings Trade Trennial Violin-making Competition draws international audience to Cremona, Italy; Carleen Hutchins leaves a legacy of scientific innovation; third annual Australasian Violin Makers Conference brings luthiers together; and the VSA announces convention particulars; plus Bench Marks By Erin Shrader

Your Instrument
Keep Your Pegs in Top Condition Maintenance required: 5 tips on keeping your pegs turning smoothly By Heather K. Scott

New Products
New products Realist 4- and 5-string violins from David Gage String Instruments; Clarity Spectrum rosin; Icicle XLR to USB Converter/Mic Preamp; Phiaton PS 320 stereo headphones; and the Circle of Fifths Watch; plus Classic Gear item Glasser fiberglass bows By Erin Shrader

In Print
In Print Third book in Daniel Heartz's series is an exciting look at 3 great composers at critical points in their careers; Barenreiter releases Mendelssohn Sonatas for Violin and Piano and Smetana's Trio in G minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello; plus Briefly Noted items

On Record
On Record Cuarteto Latinoamericano sizzles on red-hot Villa-Lobos Tribute; plus discs by Jan Vogler and the Knights, Kim Kashkashian, the Kronos Quartet, the Saddle Cats, and various Cedille artists including Rachel Barton Pine and Jennifer Koh

Miscellany
Tunes for Tips 86-year-old violinist and busker Luis Cruz uses tip money to help his grandchildren make ends meet


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