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"What We're Listening To" - Ina Boyle's Violin Concerto


Boyle was born in 1889 in Bushey Park, near Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow Ireland, and spent her entire life in her family home there. Her body of work was quite diverse in that she wrote orchestral scores and chamber music, opera choral music, ballet scores and songs for voice and piano. Boyle's compositions bare resemblance to the lyrical symphonic landscapes created by her composition teacher, and famous composer of the time, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Although she was a prolific composer, she never became widely famous, most likely due to the fact that she was somewhat isolated for most of her life.

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February 22, 2019

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Tim Linhart and Ice Music

Tim Linhart and Ice Music

Winter is here in full force, and although most people associate the coldest time of the year with darkness and gloom, we thought it would be nice to write about a man who has taken the ice and snow and made it into something magical and awe-inspiring.

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January 23, 2019

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"What We're Listening To" Ludwig van Beethoven's Romance No. 2 in F Major

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) is revered as one of the most famous and influential composers of all time and was a key figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras of western music. Beethoven was born into a musical family in the city of Bonn Germany. His father Johann, was an instrumentalist at the electoral court and was Beethoven’s first teacher piano teacher. Ludwig was the eldest of three sons and Johann was determined to have him follow in Mozart’s footsteps as a child prodigy. 

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"What We're Listening To" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is undoubtedly one of the most notable Classical composers of all time. In his time, Mozart had composed over 600 works including 21 stage and opera works, 15 masses, over 50 symphonies, 25 piano concertos, 27 concert arias, 17 piano sonatas, 26 string quartets, and many other pieces.

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December 14, 2018

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Charles Rufino on News 12

News 12 recently did a segment on Master Violin Maker and Owner of the LIVS Charles Rufino. This segment aired on Thursday, December 13th, 2019.

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 Charles Rufino on News 12

"What We're Listening To" - Arcangelo Corelli's Christmas Concerto

Arcangelo Corelli was one of the most influential composers of the Baroque period. Born in 1653 in Fusignano, Italy. Corelli was named after his father who died just five weeks before his birth so he was raised by his mother and four older siblings. Corelli first studied in Bologna which at the time was a major center for music. At the age of 17 he was accepted into the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna. He traveled to Paris and Germany before establishing himself in Rome in the 1670s where he remained a prominent musical presence for the next 30 years.

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"Thankful for Music Education" - By Christine Suter

Thankful for Music Education
By Christine Suter

NY is a state that has always had many strong school orchestra programs and for that reason I’m thankful to have grown up here. Even though it seems like a million years ago, I can still remember when I was in third grade and the sixth grade orchestra played a concert for us in our school gymnasium. After the concert the conductor demonstrated for us how each instrument was played and how it sounded. We were then invited to sign up to learn how to play one of the instruments and I immediately chose the violin. I was lucky in that playing the violin came naturally to me and I was always able to play songs by ear. I also remember that I always wanted to play everything faster than it was meant to played, which is probably why I love fiddle music so much.

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