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According The Accordion Its Historical Due
Throughout the Classical and Romantic periods, the humble accordion and its simpler cousin, the concertina, were important parlor, chamber, and accompanying instruments. The earliest forms of the accordion were inspired by the 1777 introduction of the Chinese free-reed sheng (bowl
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Where Are The Thousands Of Nazi-Looted Musical Instruments?
In April 1945, Madame Roos wrote a letter to French authorities describing her piano she was hoping to get back. Roos, who was 72, was Jewish and her piano had been stolen when Nazis emptied her apartment in Paris.
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This piano doesn’t have any black keys. How will it sound?
It’s just like a regular grand piano… but all the keys are white.
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No Pianist Left Behind: A History of Piano Pieces for the Left Hand
The left hand knows no justice. “Sinistra,” the Latin word for “left-handed,” meaning “wrong” or “unlucky” — an ancestor of the word “sinister” — is in part to blame for lingering perceptions that the hand, and those for whom it
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Inside the extraordinary experiment to save the Stradivarius sound
An entire town went quiet so the world’s most iconic violin could be immortalized.
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The evolution of a muffled minority: viola players throughout history
Viola players are to violinists what Belgians are to French: (very pleasant) neighbours which we love to make fun of. There are quite a few jokes going around which spread a persistent rumour: viola players can’t play in tune, or,
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7 great places to see music instruments being made
From Steinway pianos in Queens to Kamaka ukuleles in Honolulu, get to the source of these iconic musicmakers.
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Twisting for Solos, the Violist Is a Quartet’s Odd Player Out
There’s not much to look at when a string quartet is playing. Other than the movements that draw sound from the instruments, the scene is relatively static.
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