Composers-Writers
Many prominent composers possessed an extraordinary literary gift. In their literary heritage: musical journalism and criticism, musicology, musical and aesthetic works, reviews, articles and much more. Often, musical geniuses were…

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Japanese Folk Music: National Instruments and Genres
Japanese folk music is a rather distinctive phenomenon due to the isolation of the islands of the Rising Sun and the careful attitude of the people who inhabit them to…

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50 years of sound over silence: “Edition of modern music” by ECM Records
Once upon a time, in a distant galaxy on the island of Lindau, on Bodensee, the boy Manfred was born. A few light years passed, and he realized that there…

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How to play the harmonica?

Harmonica is a miniature wind organ that not only has a deep and distinctive sound, but also blends perfectly with guitar, keyboards and vocals. It is not surprising that the number of people who want to play the harmonica is growing all over the world! SELECTION OF INSTRUMENT There are a large number of varieties of harmonica: chromatic, blues, tremolo, bass, octave, as well as combinations thereof. The easiest option for a beginner will be a diatonic accordion with ten holes. The key in C major. Advantages: A huge number of courses and training materials in books and the Internet; Jazz and pop compositions, familiar to everyone from films and music videos, are mostly played on diatonic; Basic lessons learned on diatonic harmonics will come in handy for working with any other model; As the learning progresses, it becomes possible to use a large number of sound effects that captivate listeners. Continue reading

How to play the violin: basic techniques of the game

New post on how to play the violin. Earlier you became acquainted with the device of the violin and its acoustic features, but today the focus is on the violin playing technique. The violin is rightfully considered the queen of music. The instrument has a beautiful sophisticated shape and delicate velvet timbre. In eastern countries, a person who knows how to play the violin well is equated with God. A good violinist, not just playing the violin, he makes the instrument sing. The highlight of playing a musical instrument is staging. The musician’s hands should be soft, gentle, but at the same time strong, and the fingers should be elastic, tenacious: relaxed without slackness and constricted without convulsion. THE RIGHT SELECTION OF THE INSTRUMENT It is necessary to take into account the age and physiological characteristics of the novice musician. There are such sizes of violins: 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 4/4. Continue reading

The secret of the brilliant Stradivarius violins

The place and exact date of birth of the well-known Italian violinist-master Antonio Stradivari is not exactly established. The presumptive years of his life are from 1644 to 1737. 1666, Cremona is a mark on one of the violins of the master, which gives reason to say that this year he lived in Cremona and was a student of Nicolo Amati. The great master created over 1000 violins, cellos and violas, devoting his life to the manufacture and improvement of instruments that forever glorified his name. About 600 of them have survived to our time. Experts note his constant desire to endow his instruments with powerful sound and richness of timbre. The enterprising businessmen, knowing the high price of the violins of the master, with enviable regularity offer to buy fakes from them. All Stradivarius violins are methyl the same. His stigma is the initials of A.B. and the Maltese cross placed in a double circle. The authenticity of violins can only be confirmed by a very experienced expert. Continue reading

Alexey Syumak: “Beautifully drawn scores and sound beautiful!”
Composers are rapidly getting younger. And they use unusual instruments, strokes and harmonies. I personally was convinced of this by the show of young talents at the Winter International Festival…

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What is a znamenny chant: meaning, history, types
Russian church music began with the famous chant that arose during the baptism of Russia. Its name is associated with the use of special notation signs - “banners” for its…

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The secret of the brilliant Stradivarius violins
The place and exact date of birth of the well-known Italian violinist-master Antonio Stradivari is not exactly established. The presumptive years of his life are from 1644 to 1737. 1666,…

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Piano Performance: A Brief Background
The history of professional musical performance began at the time when the first musical work recorded by notes appeared. Performing is the result of bilateral activities of the composer, expressing…

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