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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
May 30
Did You Guess?
Can You Guess?
Violinist Beth Ilana Schneider was born May 30, 1971.  A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she is a graduate of Indiana University and University of Arizona.  Her teachers have included Linda Cerone, Victor Danchenko, Eugene Gratovich, Mark Rush, Alberta Schneider, Nelli Shkolnikova and Andreas Reiner.

While studying at the University of Arizona she met Matt Gould, who was studying the guitar.  The two formed the group Duo46.  They got along so well together that they married.
1723 - Debut of J. S. Bach as cantor at Leipzig at Thomasschule.

- Birth of American composer Thomas Martin Towne.

1895 -
Birth of Hungarian violinist Yelly d'Aranyi in Budapest, grandneice of violinist Joachim. Ravel and Bartok wrote works for her.

- Debut Smetana's The Bartered Bride at the National Opera in Prague.

- Birth of American classical and jazz clarinetist and band leader Benjamin David Goodman aka Benny Goodman.

- Premiere of Benjamin Britten's oratorio War Requiem. Coventry Cathedral in England.

- Death of French composer and organist Marcel Dupré at age 85.
What Else
Duo46 is an ensemble which celebrates contemporary music.  They have accumulated a repertoire of more than 450 pieces from the 20th and 21st Centuries.  70 of those pieces have been commissioned by them or have been dedicated to them.

At home in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Matt and Beth are on faculty in the Department of Music of Eastern Mediterranean University.
Beth Ilana

The name Duo46 has a double significance.  One is that the human body has 46 chromosomes.  That is too complicated for the likes of me.  The second is far simpler, and easier to guess. Can You Guess the other significance of the name of violin-guitar ensemble Duo46?

Look at the Bottom of the Page for the Answer.
Violins have 4 strings.  Guitars have 6.  A duo indicates two people.  So two people playing a violin and a guitar would logically be Duo46.
In addition to performing and recording, Duo46 has a keen interest in education and research. They have been a visiting ensemble at Harvard University, University of Florida in Gainesville, University of Minnesota in Duluth, University of Nebraska in Kearney, Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and in February 2006, University of California at Berkeley.  The provide performances, workshops  and master-classes on a wide variety of topics such as composing for guitar or developing career strategies.

It is not often that I am able to find a link by which you can actually hear an artist play.  The Kennedy Center hosted a concert by Duo46.  That performance is available through their site.  Click This Link to View a Performance by Duo46 from the Kennedy Center web site,
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