The violin is one of the most popularly used stringed musical instruments. It is played with a bow just like a guitar. Sting musical instruments played with a bow dates back to ancient times. Although there is no detailed information on its origin, a violin (which is bigger than a violoncello and viola) can be said to date back to the middle of the 16th century in Italy. Andrea Amati born in 1500 and died in 1577 is said to be the maker of the first violin and the owner of the Cremona school of violin making.Read More
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The process of joining an is not as difficult as most people make it seem. You can master your skills and join an orchestra. It does not require knowledge of rocket science to do this. Read through to have an idea of what it takes to join an orchestra.Read More
A string quartet is essentially a music group or musical ensemble comprising of four string players, generally two playing violins, one playing a viola and the fourth playing the cello. The string quartet is widely acknowledged as among the most prominent chamber classical music ensembles. The outer movements of the quartet can be fast while the inner movements may comprise a slow movement and a minuet or some form of dance movement.Read More
Renowned for its chamber music concerts, the Portland String Quartet (PSO) has contributed enormously to the local and international classical music niche. Starting as the Portland Symphony String Quartet (PSSQ), its members have progressed to become key members in the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Where many of them also created studios for teaching, positions for school music, and organize chamber music events which render full-time service to Maine. Since it was established in 1969, with Maestro Paul Vermel leading the group when it first began, it has served as a model for symphonies its size.Read More
From New York to Massachusetts, America has some great schools to study classical music. Below are some top schools for music performance and composition in the U.S. They each offer great music courses, have an accomplished faculty and numerous performance opportunities.Read More