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Mikail Glinka

Mikail Glinka - Sonata for Viola and Piano

Mikhail Glinka is considered the fountainhead 
of Russian classical music, and the first Russian composer to gain widespread recognition in his own country. As a child, he was raised by his over-protective grandmother and was confined to her room, and therefore developed a sickly disposition. The only music he heard during his confinement was the sound of strident church bells and improvisatory peasant choirs. Both of these used unconventional harmonies, which later freed Glinka to break free from the Western tradition of consonant harmony.
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Our Three Strings Teachers

LIVS Concert on May 6th 2018

Last weekend The Long Island Violin Shop held a concert of the students in our lessons and chamber music programs. It was the second concert to have been held at the Steinway & Sons Piano Showroom in Melville and it was a great success. We're so lucky to be able to hold our concerts in such a wonderful space.

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Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

"What We're Listening To" - Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings

Pyotr Illyich TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) is a well-known late-Romantic period composer from Russia. He was a precocious musician from the age of five. However, the only musical careers available at that time were as teachers or performers in the theater, neither of which were held in high esteem. Therefore, young Pyotr’s parents set him on the path to become a civil servant. While attending school, he still engaged in music with peers as a hobby, attending the opera, singing in the choir, and continuing piano lessons. However, he was still encouraged to pursue a civil service career.
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Sergei Rachmaninoff

"What We're Listening To" - Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was 
Sergei Rachmaninoff
a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor during the late Romantic period. He is still regarded today as one of the major composers of the twentieth century. He began playing piano at age four, and by the time he had graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892 he had already composed several pieces for piano and orchestra. He was heavily influenced by composers Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, two widely popular Russian composers. Rachmaninoff is known for his melodies, his expressiveness, and his use of rich orchestral colors.
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"Violin of the Month" - Martin Hiller Viola

"Violin of the Month" - Martin Hiller Viola

The Martin Hiller Viola is a remarkable instrument made from high-grade European tonewood and finished in the US. With petite upper bouts and broad lower bouts, this instrument was engineered for maximum tone and playability. Available in all sizes, and modestly priced, you will not believe the sound quality of this instrument produces. Come by the shop today and give the Hiller a try!

Martin Hiller Viola

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Max Bruch

"What We're Listening To" - Max Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy"

"What We're Listening To:" - Max BruchMax Bruch was born in Germany in 1838. From an early age he studied music, and wrote his first composition at the age of nine: a song for his mother’s birthday. His parents then eagerly supported his musical passions. He went on to have a long career as a teacher, conductor, and composer.

 

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Leprechaun Fiddler

Irish vs Scottish Fiddling

Both the Irish and the Scottish share a rich history of fiddle music, and to the untrained eyes and ears it is often difficult to grasp the differences between the two types of fiddling. It's sort of like hearing one language but with two very distinct accents. 

There are many tunes that you may think are Irish, Leprechaun Fiddlerwhich are in fact Scottish, and vice versa. This is due to centuries of intermingling between the two cultures. A perfect example of this is Mrs. McCloud’s Reel, which is popular in Ireland and thought by many to be an Irish reel, but in fact, it came from Scotland and was originally called Mrs. MacLeod’s Reel.

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