The Magical Versatility Of The Violin!

The violin has been, and nonetheless is, essentially the most common of stringed instruments. Allow us to take a second to ponder its splendor. There are, after all, many kinds of violin playing and of violin music. The violin could be very suited to gypsies, that nomadic individuals who specific the wild way of life and okaynew the start of the night time and every corner of the countryside, the wild sounds of the birds and all the animals, their very own yearnings and nostalgia. They are said to have come from India.

The violin is at home within the classical music of India, having been adopted centuries ago because it was superior in perfection and suppleness to the bowed stringed instruments native to India. The violin is at home on the moors of Scotland, on the plateau of Norway, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of America. The violin is at home in each Russian, Polish and Rumanian village, where it has always been accompanied the dancing and the singing.

Violins have been made of each description, crude and tough hewn, barely recognizable and yet fairly adequate for the astonishing number of roles they undertake. I have seen the gnarled, violoncello clumsy, sexy fingers of Scottish bee keepers and sheep grazers enjoying Scottish reels, strathspeys, dances and lament with never a faltering rhythm. In actual fact the rhythm of people people, whether or not in Russia, Hungary or Scotland is superior to that of the city, industrial, industrial civilization of Middle Class America and Western Europe.

The violin is so flexible an instrument that it evolves in each country based on that country's genius. It performs Tchaikovsky and the passionate virtuoso romantics if it is in Russian hands; it plays the 'bel canto' for an Italian; it plays the good musical literature of the traditional German and Austrian heritage in these countries and, the truth is, universally. And it was the instrument for which Purcell and Dowland wrote maybe the most great music of all.

So next time you pick up your treasured instrument take a second to daydream and consider its great place within the world.

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