“If music be the food of love, play on…”
William Shakespeare from the play, ‘Twelfth Night’
There is a saying that you don’t play the violin – you romance the violin.
What better stringed classical musical instrument to enhance the atmosphere of love and romance than the violin?
Description & Uses
One of the most popular of classical musical instruments, the violin is a wooden, four-stringed instrument, informally called a fiddle. It is known as the world’s most versatile instrument and is usually played by drawing a bow across its strings, or by plucking the strings themselves.
A person who plays the violin is called a violinist or fiddler, and a person who repairs them is called a luthier. Of all the stringed classical musical instruments in regular use, the violin
is the smallest and highest-pitched. Violins are important instruments in a wide variety of musical genres, including jazz, rock, folk, country and bluegrass. Although most prominent in the Western classical tradition, the violin is featured in many other music cultures, including Indian and Iranian.
Evolving during the Renaissance from earlier bowed instruments, the violin is probably the best known and most widely distributed musical instrument in the world.
The violin has a fretless fingerboard, with its strings attached to turning pegs and a tailpiece passing over a bridge. The bridge transmits the strings’ vibrations to the violin’s belly or soundboard, which amplifies the sound. The violin’s belly and back is made of maple, and the sidewalls, or ribs, of pine-lined maple.
The earliest violins were used for popular and dance music.
The violin grew in popularity during the 17th century so much so that it replaced the viol as the primary stringed instrument in chamber music.
Famous Violinists and Composers
Some of the earliest composers contributing to the new music during this period were virtuoso violinist Arcangelo Corelli.
Arcangelo Corelli 1653-1713
Among the major, and more popular, composers for the violin during the 18th century were Mozart, Beethoven, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
However, the person acclaimed as the greatest virtuoso of all time was Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), who was called Witch’s Child, because of his seemingly superhuman ability.
Sources: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia & Encyclopedia Britannica
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