Brahms, Bach and Beethoven would have loved this day, it’s Violin Day. I don’t believe there is a musical instrument that represents classical music better than the violin. In the right hands it can sound beautiful and soothing. (Naturally in the wrong hands it seems to exude the complete opposite!)
The violin is a is an essential part of the orchestra, normally involving numerous violins to provide the volume required to keep up with the other instruments. It provides excitement as well as subtle changes within music.
In a quartet, it provides the base for the music taking the place of the piano for the melody. It has more range than a piano and can compete with the emotional aspect of any musical instrument.
And it adds to country music when it becomes a fiddle instead of a violin. It’s the same instrument but played somewhat differently. Here the violin takes more of a supportive role, adding special accents and feeding on the emotional value of the music.
And in hands of someone like Charlie Daniels it become a weapon against the Devil himself!
How to celebrate – Learn how to play violin. Listen to some classical music. Learn about Stradivarius.
For years, the violin was to popular music what the guitar is today, and recently it has been making quite a comeback. A classical instrument by nature, it is widely used in concerts performed by orchestras, country music, and in some forms of rock. Now it is becoming popular in every medium.
Probably the most widely known violinist today is Lindsey Stirling. She is not only a beautiful woman but a world-class violinist, dancer and performer. Such talent is rare to find anymore although she didn’t really become aware of her talent until she failed at America’s Got Talent and nearly quit. She owes much of her fame to YouTube.
Celtic Woman also incorporate violins into their performances. It is key to most Irish music. It can be joyful, melancholy or symphonic when placed into the right hands. In hands of a student it can also be quite annoying!
Like any instrument, the finest ever made was hand crafted, made in the 1600’s by Stradivarius. They are widely sought after but astronomically priced as any piece of precious art. And don’t trust that it is a Stradivarius just because it says it is.
How to celebrate – Find out if you have any hidden talent for playing the violin. Most Christmas music will have a violin in it somewhere. Learn about what makes one violin better than another.