The Gift of Music
There is no better gift to give someone than the gift of music. If you are listening or playing,music has the means to transport you to another place and lift your spirits.
My particular passion is the Violin/Fiddle, in whatever form that takes; electric or acoustic, classical, rock or fusion, for me it doesnít matter; I was hooked from a very early age and have never stopped loving the instrument. I hope my site can provide you with what you are looking for, and please if you have any suggestions, let me know.
Lets start at the beginning, and take a look at the origins of this great instrument in the article below.
A Brief History of the Violin
The violin is a descendant from the Viol family of instruments. This includes any stringed instrument that is fretted and/or bowed. It predecessors include the medieval fiddle, rebec, and lira da braccio. We can assume by paintings from that era, that the three string violin was in existence by at least 1520. By 1550, the top E string had been added and the Viola and Cello had emerged as part of the family of bowed string instruments still in use today.
It is thought by many that the violin probably went through its greatest transformation in Italy from 1520 through 1650. Famous violin makers such as the Amati family were pivotal in establishing the basic proportions of the violin, viola, and cello. This familyís contributions to the art of violin making were evident not only in the improvement of the instrument itself, but also in the apprenticeships of subsequent gifted makers including Andrea Guarneri, Francesco
Rugeri, and Antonio Stradivari.
Stradivari, recognized as the greatest violin maker in history, went on to finalize and refine the violinís form and symmetry. Makers including Stradivari, however, continued to experiment through the 19th century with archings, overall length, the angle of the neck, and bridge height. As violin repertoire became more demanding, the instrument evolved to meet the requirements of the soloist and larger concert hall. The changing styles in music played off of the advancement of the instrument and visa versa.
In the 19th century, the modern violin became established. The modern bow had been invented by Francois Tourte (1747-1835). Its weight, length, and balance allowed the player to produce power and brilliance in the higher ranges. It was Louis Spohrís invention of the chin rest around
1820 that made it possible for the player to hold the violin comfortably and play in the higher positions. Spohrís chin rest also resulted in the significant advancement of playing technique and allowed the violin repertoire to reach its virtuoso level. The advent of the shoulder rest (no
known date) was also an important contribution to the ease of playing.
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