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Ernest Bloch

"What We're Listening To" - Ernest Bloch - Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra

On July 24th, we will celebrate the 136th birthday of Swiss composer Ernest Bloch! Bloch was a violinist from the age of nine, studying in Brussels with teachers such as Eugène Ysaÿe. Soon after, he began his composition studies and published his first work, Historiettes au Crépuscule for mezzo-soprano voice and piano, in 1903. However, he soon found that his Jewish roots distinctively resonated within him in his musical endeavors. Bloch composed a number of works that have come to be known as his “Jewish Cycle”. These pieces now constitute some of his most well-known works since these compositions contain tremendous forces of expression and personal significance. Bloch admitted, at one point, that he could not distinguish within his music where his Jewish influences ended and where his self began.

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Review of Charles Rufino's Masterclass: "Instrument Repair for the String Educator"

Review of Charles Rufino's Masterclass: "Instrument Repair for the String Educator"

"As teachers, we have to be prepared for all kinds of unthinkable situations and be able to effectively react in the moment! As string teachers, add the unthinkable instrument damages to that list! I highly recommend taking this summer course if you are interested in string instrument repairs, and I especially recommend it to sharpen your know-how skills to be able to fix problems on the fly! From strings breaking to seams coming unglued, all aspects of making the instruments playable again will be covered and this course is time well spent with a very enjoyable group of colleagues!" - Catherine Colquhoun - Westbury Middle School Orchestra Director
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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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