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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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David Polstein violin

Great Deals for March Madness!

If you've been waiting for a good time to buy an instrument, then wait no more!

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Joseph Douglass

Joseph Douglass

Joseph Douglass (1869-1935) was born in Joseph Douglassthe Anacostia neighborhood of Washington D.C. The son of Charles Douglass and Grandson of the famous abolitionist Fredrick Douglass, Joseph became the first black violinist to make transcontinental tours.                                           
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5 Things to Look For When Buying a Violin

5 Things To Look For When Buying A Violin

There are a number of ways to tell if 5 Thing to Look For When Buying a Violinan instrument is nice or not, regardless of price range. From the craftsmanship, to the pegs, to the bridge, each fitting and characteristic can help you discover if an instrument is fine or not.

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George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower

George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower

George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower George Augustus Polgreen Bridgewater(1778-1860) was born in Galicia, to a German mother and a father who claimed to be an African Prince. His father was a servant to Hungarian Prince Esterhazy, a patron of Joseph Haydn.       

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"Violin of the Month" - Violin by Mira Gruszow

"Violin of the Month" - Violin by Mira Gruszow

This fine instrument is a violin made by Mira Gruszow, a talented maker trained at the Cremona Violin Making School. She currently has a workshop in Berlin but made this instrument while living in Quebec

"Violin of the Month" - Violin by Mira Gruszow

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Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Joseph Bologne, 
Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) who was a virtuoso violinist, conductor, composer and champion fencer, who is remembered as the first classical composer of African ancestry. He is sometimes referred to as Le Mozart Noir, though it is believed that Mozart was influenced by Saint-Georges, and not the other way around.
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