|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
|1724 - First performance of Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 133 Ich freue mich in dir on the 3rd Day of Christmas as part of Bach's second annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig
1872 - Birth of Danish composer, teacher and violinist Georg HOEBERG in Copenhagen
1896 - First performance of Ernest Chausson's Poéme Op. 25. Guy Ropartz conducting, Eugène Ysayë as soloist, in Nancy.
1903 - In New York City, the barbershop quartet favorite, "Sweet Adeline," was sung for the first time.
1927 - The musical "Showboat" opened in New York.
1934 - Premiere of Daniel Gregory Mason's English Folk Song Suite and Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Bruno Walter. Rachmaninov was pianist.
1944 - Amy Marcy Beach, US composer, died.
1970 - Hello, Dolly! closed on Broadway after a run of 2,844 performances.
1986 - Lars Erik Larsson, Swedish composer, died.
1992 - Stephen Joel Albert, US composer and winner of Grammy and Pulitzer Prizes, died in a car accident in Truro, MA.
|Can You Guess?
Natalia Paruz spends a great deal of time busking. Can You Guess what busking is?
Look at the Bottom of the Page for the Answer.
|December 27, 2002 Natalia Paruz took bow in hand and made her debut at Avery Fischer Hall in New York City. She was conducted by conductor / composer Peter Schickele, authority on the life of composer P.D.Q. Bach.
Natalia Paruz was born September 25, 1926 (Just Teasing Natalia, I need a year) and studied to be a professional dancer.
|Natalia was a trainee with the Martha Graham Dance Company of Contemporary Dance, she taught tap-dance and was a demonstrator for Dance Masters and Dance Educators of America.
Unfortunately on her way home from Lincoln Center one day she was crossing the street and was struck by an automobile. She suffered permanent injury to her upper spine. Her dance career was over. To help comfort her, Paruz's parents took her on a trip to Austria where she fell in love with the music she now plays. Following a concert she attended, she approached the soloist and asked him to tutor her . . . he refused.
Upon returning home Natalia went to her local hardware store to buy her instrument, and was playing it the very first day she had it by striking it with a mallet.
Yes I said a hardware store and a mallet.
|Oh, didn't I mention that Natalia Paruz is a sawyer? Ms. Paruz is one of the world's leading virtuosos on the musical saw!
What is a sawyer doing on a site for violinists? She's right at home here, folks. She plays using precisely the same principles we do.
|Ms. Paruz places the handle of a toothless saw between her thighs, bends the saw blade and draws a rosined cello bow across the edge of the blade. That is very similar to what we do on our violins! The rosin on the bow hair causes the saw blade to vibrate, just like it causes our strings to vibrate. Ms. Paruz changes the pitch of the notes by bending the saw -- the greater the tension on the blade the higher the note. That's the same thing we do when we tune our violin by turning the pegs or fine tuners, and we change the pitch while we play by shortening the strings and changing the tension when we put our fingers on the string.
And listen to the music Ms. Paruz produces. Click Here.
Interesting isn't it? Her music is available through her web site, which you can find at sawlady.com.
Natalia had said that her goal with the saw was to play onstage with a symphony orchestra. By now she has done that many times. She has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta, with the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by maestro Paul Dunkel, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall with both PDQ Bach composer Peter Schickele and with the Little Orchestra Society conducted by maestro Dino Anagnost and at festivals such as the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, the Utah Arts Festival. Natalia has recorded on Capitol Records, Universal Records, and Atlantic Records with such artists as John Hiatt. Her musical saw can be heard on television commercials for such products as Volvo, Motorola and California cheese.
Dealing with Natalia has been a blast! Not only is she a true virtuosa on her instrument, she is intelligent, witty, and just plain fun! I'd heartily extend an invitation to this lady to join our "Brotherhod of the Bow!" A sawyer like Natalia is welcome to hang out with this violinist any time she wants!
|Joshua Bell's Music is
Here He Plays
Ernest Chausson's Poéme Op. 25.
|Did You Guess?
According to the Saw Lady herself, busking is a Shakesperian word for street performing. Natalia has busked in New York City (USA), Paris (France), Prague (Czech Republic), Rome and Florence (Italy) and in Tel-Aviv (Israel).