No. 250, February 2016

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Into the Great Wide Open

The Annie Moses Band draws from deep wells of American music, and fills in the gaps with their own compositions

By Bob Doerschuk

 

From Sandbox to Stage

The Jerusalem String Quartet and Danish String Quartet have been making music together since their formative years

By Leah Hollingsworth

 

SPECIAL FOCUS:Yehudi Menuhin Centennial

 

In His Own Words

Milestones in Menuhin’s career, as described by the man himself

Compiled by Megan Westberg

 

Teach Your Children Well

Menuhin’s educational legacy still influences the string world through schools, festivals, and competitions

By Louise Lee

 

Memories of the Master

Menuhin students reminisce about the teacher, the legend, and the man

Compiled by Heather K. Scott 

 

A Storied Stamp of Approval

Menuhin lends his name to instruments with already legendary pedigrees

By Louise Lee

 

Best of the Best

Ten essential Menuhin recordings

By Laurence Vittes

 

Editor’s Note

 

News & Notes

Lara St. John reimagines traditional folk tunes with today’s composers on ‘Shiksa;’ Sphinx Competition kicks off with new president; plus Milestones; 5 Minutes with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, and more

 

News Spotlight

London Symphony Orchestra violist Paul Silverthorne to teach in China

 

Letter From Italy

An ‘al fresco’ honeymoon experience for Dirty Cello bandmates and partners

 

Wise Words

Steven Isserlis on approaching the music of three great composers

 

Strings 101

4 ways to add contrast and clarity with a common stopped bow stroke

 

Master Class

Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s String Quartet was unjustly forgotten, but is finally getting some well-deserved attention

 

Teaching Strings

Use mindfulness practice to focus students on the present for stronger technique and deeper musical thinking

 

On My Music Stand

Ben Johnston’s String Quartet calls for a re-examination of string traditions

 

Strings Trade

Auction highlights: Surging contemporary makers and unsold lots; 2015 Canada Musical Instrument Bank winners announced; China customs officials confiscate rosin; and more

 

What’s in the Case?

Itamar Zorman’s 1745 Pietro Guarneri has helped him discover himself as a violinist

 

Your Instrument

Learning the basics on instrument insurance can help protect you

 

Ask the Expert

It might not be you—the telltale signs you could use a fingerboard dressing


Reviews

Onstage: With new music all the rage in New York, violinist Johnny Gandelsman proves Bach meshes just fine. On Record: Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons acclimates to today’s landscape, and more. In Print: A historical glance over four centuries through a mammoth musical lens, and more.

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