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You've probably heard Fanfare for the Common Man a thousand times in some variation - from film and television to rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer's styled rendition.  But where and how did this renowned musical composition originate?  Let's find out.

 

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In 1987, Natalie Clein made her first public performance at 10 years of age, in a church hall in the English county of Dorset, where she was born. She’d been playing the cello for four years by then, influenced by her mother who was a professional violinist. She studied under a number of prominent British cellists as a student at the Royal College of Music, as well as with Austrian cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.

 

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Classical guitar solos are beautiful and hypnotic. Watching the finger-work of a competent classical guitarist is as enchanting as the notes they play. This is why beginner and intermediate players can wind up feeling frustrated when favorite pieces are simply too challenging for their current ability.

 

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School is expensive. You know that. Debt is bad. Hopefully you know that, too. The bottom line then (quite literally) to making your music school dreams come true is finding the right collection of music scholarships.

 

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A single violin competition can be a challenge. Preparing and applying for multiple competitions can feel overwhelming. But there is method to your madness in casting a wide net to find violin competition success. So, apply some method to managing all the information and tasks needed to apply and move forward.

 

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One of the best ways to keep music students engaged is to provide music that inspires them - easier said than done since many beginning and intermediate violin students are children, teenagers or young adults. Often, "traditional" violin music is absent from their normal, music-listening repertoire.

 

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Violins get a bad rap because their sweet, honeyed tones can sound sharp, whiny or grating - depending on the quality of the instrument and the quality of the techniques used to play it.

 

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Join cellist Natasha Brofsky, violinist Catherine Cho, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and pianist Robert McDonald in a concert benefiting Reaching-Out Community Services.

 

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Quality violins are expensive. They’re meant to last for a good while, and they can when you combine good care and expert repairs as the years go by. A few years ago, we ran a post to give you an idea of what different violin repairs should cost, so we thought it was time to revisit the issue to see how, if at all, prices have changed.

 

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Music fans and young musicians can be forgiven for thinking that virtuoso cellists like Yo-Yo Ma or Mstislav Rostropovich reach a point where they no longer need to practice. We may think that myth is true, but we’d be wrong.

 

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Secret Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Copland’s Fanfare For The Common Man

Secret Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Copland’s Fanfare For The Common Man

You've probably heard Fanfare for the Common Man a thousand times in some variation - from film and television to rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer's styled rendition.  But where and how did this renowned musical composition originate?  Let's find out.

 

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Artist Profile: Cellist Natalie Clein

Artist Profile: Cellist Natalie Clein

In 1987, Natalie Clein made her first public performance at 10 years of age, in a church hall in the English county of Dorset, where she was born. She’d been playing the cello for four years by then, influenced by her mother who was a professional violinist. She studied under a number of prominent British cellists as a student at the Royal College of Music, as well as with Austrian cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.

 

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Top 10 Classical Acoustic Guitar Compositions to Wow Your Friends

Top 10 Classical Acoustic Guitar Compositions to Wow Your Friends

Classical guitar solos are beautiful and hypnotic. Watching the finger-work of a competent classical guitarist is as enchanting as the notes they play. This is why beginner and intermediate players can wind up feeling frustrated when favorite pieces are simply too challenging for their current ability.

 

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Top Sources For Finding Music Scholarships

Top Sources For Finding Music Scholarships

School is expensive. You know that. Debt is bad. Hopefully you know that, too. The bottom line then (quite literally) to making your music school dreams come true is finding the right collection of music scholarships.

 

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How To Prepare And Stay Organized When Applying To Multiple Violin Competitions

How To Prepare And Stay Organized When Applying To Multiple Violin Competitions

A single violin competition can be a challenge. Preparing and applying for multiple competitions can feel overwhelming. But there is method to your madness in casting a wide net to find violin competition success. So, apply some method to managing all the information and tasks needed to apply and move forward.

 

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How To Pick Violin Compositions That Set Your Students On Fire

How To Pick Violin Compositions That Set Your Students On Fire

One of the best ways to keep music students engaged is to provide music that inspires them - easier said than done since many beginning and intermediate violin students are children, teenagers or young adults. Often, "traditional" violin music is absent from their normal, music-listening repertoire.

 

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How To Improve Violin Tone

How To Improve Violin Tone

Violins get a bad rap because their sweet, honeyed tones can sound sharp, whiny or grating - depending on the quality of the instrument and the quality of the techniques used to play it.

 

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Music for Food Comes to Brooklyn!

Music for Food Comes to Brooklyn!

Join cellist Natasha Brofsky, violinist Catherine Cho, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and pianist Robert McDonald in a concert benefiting Reaching-Out Community Services.

 

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How Much Should A Violin Repair Cost?

How Much Should A Violin Repair Cost?

Quality violins are expensive. They’re meant to last for a good while, and they can when you combine good care and expert repairs as the years go by. A few years ago, we ran a post to give you an idea of what different violin repairs should cost, so we thought it was time to revisit the issue to see how, if at all, prices have changed.

 

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5 Habits Of Celebrity Cellists

5 Habits Of Celebrity Cellists

Music fans and young musicians can be forgiven for thinking that virtuoso cellists like Yo-Yo Ma or Mstislav Rostropovich reach a point where they no longer need to practice. We may think that myth is true, but we’d be wrong.

 

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