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La Vida Es Un Carnaval: Jessie Moran's Reflections On Cuba

My name is Jessie Moran and I am a cellist who teaches at The Long Island Violin Shop. As a student of the Crane School of Music, I had the privilege of studying for one week at the University of Cienfuegos, Cuba.

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What We're Listening To: Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was born on June 17th 1882 in St. Petersburg Russia. Born to Ukrainian parents, Stravinsky maintained strong connections with Ukrainian culture. He studied piano and composition at an early age and went to school to study law, but ended up focusing more on studying music.

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What Are the Benefits of Learning Music Theory?

CircleofFifthsFrom gaining a greater command of notes and rhythms to dabbling in the art of music composition, musicians have found a great number of applications for music theory. Studies in written music theory begin with note and rhythm reading, and this is especially beneficial to new string players. A greater command of notes and rhythms will allow budding musicians to read music with more fluency. Among other things, this enables them to focus on building their own, personal brand of musical expression.

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What We're Listening To: Sergei Prokofiev's "Sonata for Solo Violin, Op 115"

Sergei ProkofievSergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was regarded as one of the major composers of the twentieth century, with masterpieces that transcended various genres. He is known for many popular works including the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the ballet Romeo and Juliet, and Peter and the Wolf. He wrote seven complete operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos and a violin sonata, a cello concerto, and nine piano sonatas.

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March 07, 2017

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Bidding A Fond Farewell To LIVS Education Coordinator Estefan Cortez

We are sad to say that at the end of this month we will be bidding farewell to our education coordinator Estefan Cortez.

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March 07, 2017

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What We're Listening To: Astor Piazzolla's "Tangazo"



Astor PiazzollaAstor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was an Argentine tango composer and arranger. He revolutionized the tango into a style called nuevo tango, which fuses elements of jazz and classical styles. He incorporates extended harmonies, dissonances, and various textures and sound elements in his works. Biographers have estimated that Piazzolla had written about 3,000 pieces and recorded around 500 of them. He wrote orchestral works, chamber music, solo works, as well as music for film.

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Ask the Violin Doctor - Winter Humidifying Alert

K.J.P. from Deer Park asks:
Do I really need to humidify my instrument?
I never had a problem before and don't like rubber hoses in the soundholes.

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