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July 2018 | Stories around the viola
 
Meeting with Franz Thomastik

I am in the process of restringing my Ritter viola with Belcanto strings by Thomastik-Infeld. Part of me loves the process, part of me despises it. I am happy for these are the only strings that fulfill my needs on this specific instrument. And I am unhappy about the strings being slightly too short to comfortably fit the 43cm mensur.
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June 2018 | Orchestra musician Martin Hahn
 
Where it all began...

Violist Martin Hahn is a versatile musician, pursuing various paths in his career. The most important one is his job with the Badische Philharmonie Pforzheim, the orchestra that accompanies all performances of the Musiktheater am Stadttheater Pforzheim, Germany.
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May 2018 | Dr. Konrad Ewald
 
Keeper of a Viola Treasure

The literature described in his epochal viola guide «Music for Viola» has all been played, described on index cards and archived by Konrad Ewald himself. Most of it is, or was, in his possession and is neatly arranged and filed.
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April 2018 | Research Topic Viola Music
 
Phillip Schmidt

Schmidt originally wanted to become a singer or chemist, however he decided to pursue a career in music science. His scientific focus lies in the 18th century, with particular attention on the viola, his favorite instrument, which he plays himself too.
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March 2018 | Composer
 
Roger Faedi

Konrad Ewald writes about Roger Faedi: «The teacher, songwriter, photographer, violist, crossbow archer and publisher, located in Basel, Switzerland, is one of the most creative individuals I know.»
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February 2018 | The Interview
 
Hélène Clément

Music4viola starts with a new viola blog. It begins with a portrait of the young viola player Hélène Clément, who has an international career as a chamber musician. Niklaus Rüegg met her at her concert with the Doric String Quartet at the Mizmorim Festival in Basel.
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December 2017 | Friedrich Wilhelm Benda
 
Viola concerto in F major

Under the name Benda, the Berlin State Library Prussian Cultural Heritage keeps three concerti for viola and orchestra. It is easy to praise the F major concerto.
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November 2017 | Rediscovered composer
 
Alexander Presuhn

As music director of the theatre, he has not only arranged and composed about 50 music for the stage, but as composer he has also written numerous works for and with «his» instrument, the viola.
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September 2017 | Care and maintenance
 
Tips and tricks for the care of the viola

Isn’t it wonderful to take an excellently preserved and well-kept viola into your hand, to look at it from all sides and to admire the beauty of this instrument? You haven’t got to be a trained violin-maker to handle a viola carefully.
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July 2017 | Carl Smith
 
Hermann Ritter and his viola alta

Hermann Ritter, not much of a talk today, was one of the most renowned and influential personas in the history of viola. The viola alta used to be much better known than today. Ritter had many students, who again trained other violists.
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June 2017 | Composer
 
Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann was one of the most prominent composers of the Baroque era. He introduced innovative thinking into the world of music and changed the music of the early 18th century significantly.
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May 2017 | Composer
 
Markus Heinrich Grauel

Little is known about Markus Heinrich Grauel. He was known as a cellist at the Prussian Hofkapelle of Friedrich II, and as a composer as well.
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April 2017 | Hector Berlioz
 
Harold en Italie

This work by Berlioz is of outstanding importance for the viola. Especially since there was hardly any remarkable literature for the viola at the time of its creation. It was not until 1838 that Paganini heard his commissioned work. Overpowered, he pulled Berlioz onto the stage and kissed his hand on his knees.
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March 2017 | Famous viola soloists
 
Yuri Abramovich Bashmet (Part 2)

Bashmet has a special relationship with the music of Dimitri Shostakovich. It would show all the paradoxes that had taken place in Russia. It is powerful and at the same time very spiritual.
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March 2017 | Famous viola soloists
 
Yuri Abramovich Bashmet (Part 1)

On the relationship between violin and viola, Bashmet said the violin was more dramatic, but the viola more philosophical. He described the peculiarly sound of the viola as the «sound of the cosmos».
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February 2017 | Viola playing
 
Posture caused problems in the viola play

To prevent these health problems the correct posture is essential for violists and violinists. This should be properly learned by the age of 20 at the latest, otherwise it's unlikely that the posture can be corrected.
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February 2017 | Stephanie Gurtner
 
Play without score?

Throughout my life as a musician, I have often returned to the question: why do pianists and singers have the full score in front of them, whilst I, as a viola player, must be content with a single stave? Are those who play a melody instrument, perhaps, already overstretched?
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January 2017 | Cornelia Brányik und Carlos María Solare
 
Impressions from the Bratschistentag at Trossingen 2016

When I tell my non-musical friends that I have just come back from a viola congress, they usually look at me questioningly. What can that be?
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December 2016 | Paul Hindemith
 
About Life and Work and Effect (Part 1)

«When one goes to a tailor, one doesn't want a picture or photograph of him, but a well-made suit. If someone wants to occupy himself with me, he should look at my works.» (Paul Hindemith)
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Dezember 2016 | Paul Hindemith
 
About Life and Work and Effect (Part 2)

Konrad Ewald wrote about Hindemith: «He knows the instruments, so to speak, and he also knows the older music, which could not be asserted by every new composer.» Hindemith began to play the viola d'amore in the 1920s. From 1927 he gave concerts with the viola d'amore, accompanied by harpsichord and violin.
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November 2016 | Motivation
 
10 tips how to motivate yourself for the daily practice

How important is motivation, how important is practice? Practice and motivation make the difference, when it comes to the success of a musician. We already published one article about talent HERE. But the meaning of motivation can hardly be emphasized enough.
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October 2016 | New at Music4Viola
 
The latest inputs from our readers

We made a new list with an overview of all the excited inputs form our readers. We aim to offer our visitors a broad knowledge and much information on composers, works and products. Most of the inputs so fare are in German. That's why we rely on your input.
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September 2016 | One day of an almost ordinary life of
 
Airat Ichmouratov

Airat Rafailovich Ichmouratov, born June 28, 1973, is a Volga Tatar born Russian / Canadian composer, conductor and clarinetist. He is also an invited prof. at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. Ichmouratov is maried to the violist Elvira Misbakhova.
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August 2016 | What makes for a great musician
 
Practice or Talent?

This age-old question is the subject of heated discussions, especially among musicians. What makes for a master, practice or talent? And how important are these two respectively for the success of the musician? An input by Mascha Seitz.
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July 2016 | Famous viola soloists
 
Antoine Tamestit

There have been many well-known and virtuoso Viola players in the past. Today we will concentrate on an active musician who, in his younger years, became one of the greatest Viola players of his time. Let yourself be inspired by this young master...
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June 2016 | Stories about the Viola
 
Interview with Natalia Wächter

About her musical development in Moscow and her studies of the viola with Yuri Bashmet. From 1990 to 1991 she was a solo viola player at the philharmonic orchestra in the city of Heidelberg. Since 1991 she is part of the Stuttgarter Philharmonics.
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April 2016 | Mark Walder
 
Now it's almost time

After many months of preparation our project "Music for Viola" officially starts on May 7, 2016 and thus an exciting time begins for us, whether we are right with our vision! Many possibilities to actively participate are waiting for our visitors.
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March 2016 | Mark Walder
 
«Classical:NEXT»

Will you also be visiting the "Classical:NEXT" in Rotterdam? From May 25th to 28th 2016 we will be present as Music4Viola at the fair "ClassicalNEXT" in Rotterdam with a booth. The website is presented to a larger audience for the first time. Get to know us and visit us!
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March 2016 | Dr. Konrad Ewald
 
Thoughts on the book «Music for Viola»

At new year's of 2012 I received a kind letter from a violist in Southern Germany; he wrote that he gave himself as a Christmas present a copy of my book (the 2001 edition). He had known for a while that there was someone else working on this subject beside Zeyringer, but «one can anyway find everything in Zeyringer's book (Literature for the Viola)».
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