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    Stradivarius Violin...

    My daughter and I just returned from a nice concert. It was held at the Pierre Monteux school for conducters which is right down the road from my home. I did not realize until my recent interest in classical music that this gem was here. Sir Neville Mariner, Eric Kunzell, Leon Fleischer are a few pepole who have attended this school.

    One of the violinsts was playing a 1713 Stradivarius violin! I do not know much about violins however it was an amazing instrument. It had a rich warm tone full of overtones/harmonics. What a treat to listen...

    Obviously Stradivarius was a superb craftsman but I wonder what makes his violins stand out? It was stated that he collected some of the wood for his instruments from old cabins/buildings in the mountains. Some of these buildings were very old therefore the wood was even older. This must contribute some way. The violinist also stated that Stradivarius violoins did not get the voice they are famous for until about 20 years after they were built. Is this typical for violins/string instruments?
    I wish You Peace
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    They are a work of art and worth millions. I only had a 1945 copy and
    it sounded beautiful. An old man traded the violin for my auto harp.
    Before it reached my hands he picked it up and played the fiddle on it.
    I looked at him and said, no no no this violin you see is a work of art
    you play something like this on it. I picked it up and played some Bach
    on it and then Obe to Joy by Beethoven. I also told him that this is
    a violin not a fiddle. The sound was as full as the sound of a large
    scale pipe organ. Very classy. I borrowed a dust rag and dusted the
    rosin dust off and it shined like a brand new mahogany finished violin.
    Even the copies like I had are very valuable. And like they say the
    older the violin the sweeter the music.
    judy tooley

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    Wow Judy it seems you are skilled at many instruments! Do you still play the violin?
    I wish You Peace
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    I was told when I was a kid that I had a musical gift. It started when
    my parents bought me this little chord organ. Well the chord organ
    wasn't that little it was the size of a small Hammond with chord buttons.
    Every since then my talent has developed better than I. I have played
    from the tiniest flute to the biggest which is the pipe organ. The only
    thing I can't play is the drum set. I can't handle that one. I tried to
    play one and my rhythm got lost. Just three or four months I enjoyed
    playing a bass fiddle at the music shop. The woodwinds and brass
    I have to give up because of my bad teeth except the flute I can
    still play one of them. They don't require a reed. There are some
    instruments that I haven't tried yet. I would like to try playing a
    harp,zither,and psalter. I'm trying to get my friend to make me a clay
    flute but she won't. As for the violin, I really miss having one. I have
    a guitar and harmonica but I miss the little violin I had. It would be
    worth something by now.
    judy tooley
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    Indeed Judy, your talents are seemingly endless.

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    I don't understand this - Ms. Judy says she has had a 1945 copy of a Stradivarius......To my knowlege there is no such a creation...

    Aha, she has had a violin that was MADE in 1945 - Now THAT seems more plausible...
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

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    Judy is clearly musically talented, that sounded like a great concert Hawk.


    Margaret

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    I have one problem with my talent. There isn't a place where I can
    use it. My church wants professionals not amateurs. With my limits
    I try to get beyond amateur but can't and I will not play in bars
    either. I would rather play in church on something.
    judy tooley

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    Judy there are many places you could offer your gifts to. Schools, nursing homes/assisted care facilities, community theater groups, art galleries etc. Don't be discouraged...keep playing your music on what ever instrument you have and offer your gift where you can...
    I wish You Peace
    Hawk

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    Margaret it indeed was a nice concert. My second classical concert in 2 weeks and my third concert (classical) ever...
    I particularly enjoyed a piece by composer Darryl Kubian originally called Zeno's Paradise. The piece was adapted for flute (Allison Kiger) and (Brennan Sweet-Stradivarius violin solo) and other strings and the name changed to A Singularity Theme.

    "The second movement, featuring the solo violin, flute, and accompanying strings, portrays light and dark elements of the universe in perfect balance and harmony".
    I wish You Peace
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    Thank you Hawk. Right now I entertain myself and the Grand Musician
    in Heaven who gave me this.
    judy tooley

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    I think I might get to practice on the organ again. Musicalis would like
    to hear of that! I think it hurt him when I said I couldn't play the
    pipe organ at my church no more.
    judy tooley

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    Speaking of Musicalis, where is that man hiding these days? He has been conspicuously absent for awhile.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

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    Yes, we haven't seen Musicalis for a while. Judy, that would be wonderful if you could get to play the organ again.


    Margaret

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    I don't understand this - Ms. Judy says she has had a 1945 copy of a Stradivarius......To my knowlege there is no such a creation...

    Aha, she has had a violin that was MADE in 1945 - Now THAT seems more plausible...
    I sure did have a copy. A lot of things have been copycated through
    the years. This one particular violin was built for an army solder during
    World war 2.
    judy tooley

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