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Walter Trampler (3rd from left) plays Jacob’s Suite for Eight Violas during a memorial tribute to Paul Doktor.
Paul Neubauer, Samuel Rhodes, Walter Trampler, Emile Simonel, Meredith Snow, David Harding, Daniel Thomason, and Kristen Linfante performed Gordon Jacob’s Suite for Eight Violas during a memorial tribute to Paul Doktor.  Click Picture to go to The Juilliard Journal Online. 
The viola d'amore is a stringed musical instrument similar to instruments in the viol family so it is a cousin to the violin.  It has a flat back and intricately carved head at the top of the peg box.  It has no frets, and is played like a violin, held horizontally under the chin. It is about the same size as the modern viola.  The instrument was especially popular in the late 17th century.
The viola d'amore usually has 14 strings. 7 of the strings are sounded by drawing a bow across them, just as with a violin. The other 7 are sympathetic strings, not played directly but vibrating in sympathy with the notes played.  These sympathetic strings run through the bridge and under the fingerboard into separate pegs in the pegbox. A common variation is 6 playing strings, and instruments exist with as many as 14 sympathetic strings alone. Even though we now usually think of the sympathetic strings as the most characteristic part of the instrument, some early examples may have lacked them.

Viola d'Amore. 
Viola d'Amore Scroll and Pegs
Violins have a standard tuning scheme (although in some pieces the pitches of the strings may be altered).  The strings of a viola d'amore were tuned in accordance with the music being played.  Frequently players changed the tuning from piece to piece.  The range of the instrument is usually from the D below middle C to the D two octaves above it.

Largely thanks to the sympathetic strings, the viola d'amore has a particularly sweet, warm, full sound. Leopold Mozart, writing in his
Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule, said that the instrument sounded "especially charming in the stillness of the evening."
Walter Trampler was born in Munich, August 25, 1915.  A violist and educator, he taught at Juilliard, Yale School of Music and Boston University. Before coming to the U.S., he was first  violist for the Deutschlandsender Orchestra (1935–38). He played in the New Music String Quartet (1947–55)

In addition to playing the viola, he was also played the Viola d'Amore.

Trampler died in 1997.
The Viola d'Amore has 14 strings.  Can you tell me an instrument that has even more strings than a Viola d'Amore?  Can you guess which instrument has more than 200 strings?
An instrument with more than 200 strings?

You may have guessed a harp.  Harps used in orchestras have more than 45 strings, but that is nowhere near 200!

The answer is the PIANO!  There are over 200 strings in a piano. Each treble note usually has 3 strings, the upper bass notes have 2, and the lower bass notes have only 1. This is because the higher notes are made of thinner strings. If they only had 1 string per note, they would be overpowered by the thicker, louder bass notes.
1625 - John Bannister, English conductor and violinist, was born.  Pioneered the public concert.

1918 - Leonard Bernstein, American composer-conductor, was born..

1933 - Wayne Shorter, jazz saxophonist and composer, was born.

1958 - Fever by Peggy Lee peaked at #8 on the pop singles chart.

1970 - Emerson, Lake and Palmer make their world debut in Plymouth, England.

1976 - Boston released its self-titled album. It became the best-selling debut album ever.

1979 - Stan Kenton, jazz leader, composer and arranger, died.

1986 - Paul Simon's Graceland was released.
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