Today in Music History
A Daily Look at Music History For Violin Students
A Look at What Happened on Today's Date
Long, Long Ago . . . Or Maybe Just Last Year
TODAY IS
April 10
What Else
Happened
Today?
April 10, 1956, the Stratocaster guitar was patented.

Clarence Leo Fender was born August 10, 1909.  His parents ran an orange grove. As a teen, Leo began dismantling and repairing radios himself as a hobby. In the early 1930's he was approached by a bandleader to construct a PA system for use at dances.
1707 - Michel Corrette, Italian composer, was born.

1853 - Premiere of Charles Gounod's Ave Maria. The chord structure based on the first prelude from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.

1868 - Premiere of Brahms' German Requiem, at a Good Friday concert in Bremen.

1914 - Noah Francis Ryder, US composer and arranger of  was born.

1927 - Premiere of G. Antheil's A Jazz Symphony. W.C. Handy jazz band with the composer at the piano.

1935 - Jorge Mester, US conductor, was born (His name is pronounced 'George' not hor hay)

1935 - Premiere of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 4. BBC Symphony, 

1963 - Premiere of Francis Poulenc's Clarinet Sonata, at Carnegie Hall. Clarinetist Benny Goodman and pianist Leonard Bernstein.

1970 - Paul McCartney resigned from the Beatles at a public news conference, disbanding one of the most influential rock bands in history.

1984 - Premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Prologue and Variations. Chattanooga Symphony, Richard Cormier conducting.

1988 - Premiere of Joan Tower's Clarinet Concerto. Charles Neidich and the American Symphony Orchestra, Jorge Mester conducting.

1997 - Toshiro Mayuzumi,  Japanese composer, died.
Clarence Leo Fender
1909-1991

In 1938, he opened Fender Radio Service. Musicians began asking him for better guitars and amplifiers. Fender began K & F Mfg. with fellow inventor Doc Kauffman (who designed guitars for Rickenbacker) in a shed behind the radio shop. In 1945, he built his first electric guitar.
In 1946 Fender Electric Instrument Co., opened.  Here, they created the legendary Telecaster and Stratocaster - maybe the most popular and successful guitar designs in history. In 1965, the company was sold to CBS Musical Instruments.

Although he "could not play a note," Fender was inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Country Music halls of fame.

In the 1980s, Leo opened a guitar business on Fender Avenue (named for him) in Fullerton. He continued to work there every day until he died March 21, 1991.
 
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Well, we've talked about electric guitars.  Are there electric violins?  Yes there are!
While it is possible to put combine a violin and a pickup and "electrify" a traditional violin . . . there are also electric violins.  And they can look as different from a traditional violin as the stratocaster does from an accoustic guitar.
Yahama EV-205
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Electric violin, viola, cello Bond Quartet
Bond is an all-woman string quartet who play electric violins, viola and cello!  Click their picture for information on their recordings! 
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The
first arts performance of the Dallas Cowboy running back Herschel Walker occurred April 10th in 1988. Can You Guess what group this professional football playing athlete  performed with?

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