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THE REALM OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on Nov 9, 2019 in String Quartet |

The classics are poetic charms from long ago that we cherish in a modern paced life. Old world novels, poetry and music have inspired countless generations. In present day we are accustomed to the blaring beats of rock, pop and hip hop to motivate us through our schedule. We are in an endless state of busy amidst work, home and daily activities to tend to. Meditation and self-given time outs are often necessary to ease our minds into a much needed deep breath. Artistic endeavors persuade these moments depending on your personal interests.

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THE GREAT INFLUENCES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on Sep 11, 2019 in String Quartet |

The Renaissance period marked an age where music was intended for religious purposes. The governing churches were in the midst of transitioning to sole Christianity. They collaborated with rulers and held a persuasive notion across political matters, figures and the people of the land. Music was not to be enjoyed or associated with emotional connections unless it was to pay tribute to the Christian god. Much like pagan traditions that predated Christianity, music was included in ceremonies and rituals. During the Renaissance which lasted approximately two full centuries, the churches sovereignty began to decline in the matters of rulership. Composers found a new sense of freedom that allowed their talents to excel into the twenty first century.

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THE FLIP SIDE OF THE CLASSICAL COMPOSER COIN

Posted by on Jul 18, 2019 in String Quartet |

They say brilliant minds have the heaviest souls. The more accomplished or advanced an individual is, a shift seems to occur to provide balance. It is the creative, analytical and progressive thinkers that are labeled as weird, quirky or plain crazy by the general population. Until a grand discovery or result is provided, it is not often the label dissolves on its own. Famous composers in classical music history have a long resume of oddities that do not seem to harmonize with their legendary Musical contributions.

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KEEPING CHILDREN INTERESTED IN CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on May 18, 2019 in String Quartet |

Classical music is both timeless and iconic. The genre differs from the trend setting tunes you hear on the radio today. When you have children, it is beneficial for them to be well rounded in cultures and musical tidings. Younger kids and teens are becoming who they are meant to be with an inclusion of their experiences, exposures and expectations as their guide. As with any learning endeavor, beginning early on ranks a higher success rate of adaptability. It is smart for parents to infuse a variety of musical tastes in their environment.

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THE MANY BENEFITS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on Mar 29, 2019 in String Quartet |

Through the Ages, Classical Music has been a foundational introduction to learning notes and instruments while gaining a diverse palate. Composers have their own unique style that adds charming sounds to the Musical set. From a young age we are exposed to several genres that have an impact on our lives. Classical Music especially is proven to hold a wide array of benefits for their listeners. You may have heard of a few, yet the complexity of Classical Music reaches further than only one or two adages.

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THE MOODS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in String Quartet |

Classical Music has long been associated with the tidings of serenity and tranquility. Many assume it is the elements of the instrument such as the piano or violin. Studies have shown Music’s ability to connect with our emotions and thoughts. When a piece is written, it is not based on what “sounds” good.

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ALL ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL CELLO

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 in String Quartet |

The cello, invented in the early part of the 16th century, is a significant instrument which had undergone various stages of development in human history. The music eras saw the evolution of the cello. Bach, during the Baroque era, made beautiful music without the accompaniment of the cello.

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HOW TO FIND CLASSICAL MUSIC TO LISTEN TO

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in String Quartet |

Tracing its roots to the traditions of western cultures, classical music has for a long time enthralled music fans since the 12th century. Classics owe their success in the golden age between 12th to 17th century to a few of its famous composers; the likes of Johanna Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Though not like years gone by, classical music continues to still boast of a loyal following and still garners new fans to-date. For long-time classics’ lovers and new fans, looking to quench your thirst for great content of classical music or perhaps spicing up your playlist, read on to know where to find classics.

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IS CLASSICAL MUSIC STILL POPULAR TODAY?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in String Quartet |

With the rise of alternative music genres such as jazz, pop music, and electronic, classical music took a back seat in the contemporary music industry. It’s almost unheard of to find a youthful person listening to classical music or merely displaying an interest in it these days. For this reason, many pundits have claimed classical music is in its death bed, which is a major misconception. Classical music remains very much alive, and people all over the world still hold a keen interest in the genre.

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BEST PLACES TO SEE AN ORCHESTRA

Posted by on May 13, 2018 in String Quartet |

It is important when you go to hear an orchestra that you do so in a venue that enhances the sound of the music. There are some amazing concert halls and opera houses around the world that are really the best places you can go if you want to listen to an orchestral performance.

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THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Posted by on May 11, 2018 in String Quartet |

Musical instruments have changed dramatically over the years and there are so many different types of instruments that are still played today.Many Asian and African countries still use old traditional instruments today, but you seldom see them out of their own environments. However, there are some modern instruments that are popular all over the world and we look at some of the favorites here.

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MUST-VISIT CLASSICAL MUSIC VENUES WORLDWIDE

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in String Quartet |

Whether you’re a newcomer to the modern classical music scene or already a die-hard fan, it’s worth knowing which are the best places in the world to experience a concert in real life. Nothing beats hearing an orchestra perform Mozart or Bach just feet away from you, and the atmosphere created by an excited crowd of aficionados adds an extra level of elation.

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HOW TO LEARN A CLASSIC MUSIC INSTRUMENT

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in String Quartet |

Having an interest learn how to play an instrument is fun. The act of playing an instrument is beautiful and a skill that you can use all your life. It does take a lot of discipline though and commitment from the student to make them a master of their chosen instrument. For a classical instrument, you will need to understand and act on the following fundamental principles.

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GREAT STRING QUARTETS TO SEE LIVE

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in String Quartet |

Many people love the idea of classical music and listen to it at home because there are so many great benefits to listening to it. Many find that string quartets are a great option when it comes to classical music. Here are a few of the best quartets to see live in the States this year.

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THE BEAUTY OF THE VIOLIN

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in String Quartet |

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. 

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HOW TO JOIN AN ORCHESTRA

Posted by on Mar 3, 2018 in String Quartet |

The process of joining an orchestra 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.

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WHAT IS A STRING QUARTET

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in String Quartet |

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.

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ALL ABOUT THE PORTLAND STRING QUARTET

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in String Quartet |

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.

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WHERE TO STUDY CLASSICAL MU-SIC IN THE US

Posted by on Feb 3, 2018 in String Quartet |

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.

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