|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
|1606 - Leonhard Lechner, Tyrolian composer, died in Stuttgart.
1664 - Christoph Pez (aka Pezel), German composer, was born.
1846 - Wagner begins music for Lohengrin.
1865 - Edwin H. Lemare, English-American organist and composer, was born o the Isle of Wight.
1937 - Olly Wilson, American composer and classical bassist, was born in St. Louis.
1956 - Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show Toast of the Town.He was only alowed to be shot from the waist up during the performance due to his dancing. Elvis would make a total of three appearances on the show.
1967 - Soul Man, by Sam & Dave, was released.
1971 - John Lennon's LP Imagine was released.
1973 - First performance of Frank Martin's Polyptyque Six Passiontide Images for Violin and Two Small String Orchestras. Yehudi Menuhin and Zurich Chamber Orchestra
1982 - The gospel musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God by Vinnette Carroll opened with Al Green and Patti LaBelle.
2003 - Death of British composer Reginald Smith Brindle at age 86. Composed for guitar.
|Can You Guess?|
|Violinist Miriam Fried was born in Romania, September 9, 1946. She emigrated to Israel with her family at age 2. Her upbringing included lessons with Alice Fenyves.
"As a student, I was exceedingly lucky, because I had very fine teachers from the word go," Fried said. “But I had one other thing, and that was the fact that I grew up in Israel in the fifties. It was an amazing time and place to be a young musician, because virtually every famous violinist came to Israel to play, and every one of them came into the conservatory and listened to kids.
|"I actually got to meet these illustrious violinists--Isaac Stern, Nathan Milstein, Yehudi Menuhin, and many others--when I was nine or ten years old. It was inspiring, and it brought me closer to what the profession was really about."
She came to the United States as Isaac Stern's protegee. She continued her studies with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School and with Joseph Gingold at Indiana University.
Miriam Fried has been recognized for many years as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. She has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery.
Miriam Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe including the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony.
Since 1993 she has been Artistic Director of the Ravinia Institute, one of the country’s leading summer programs for young musicians. Her involvement there has included regular performances at the Ravinia Festival, including recitals and concerts with the Chicago Symphony.
Chamber music is important in Ms. Fried’s musical life. She is a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Garrick Ohlsson, Nathaniel Rosen and her husband, violinist/violist Paul Biss. Ms. Fried and Mr. Bliss are parents of classical pianist Jonathan Bliss.
|Photo Courtesy of Indiana University.|
|"I love music. I'm so lucky to get to do what I love. I'm a performaer, a teacher, a member of a quartet. I organize a summer program. I'm an adviser. So? I don't want to do the same thing all the time. I become better at each one because of the others."|
|Another great violinist was born in Liveni-Virnav, Romania August 19, 1881. I'm curious. Can You Guess who it was?
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|Mendelssohn String Quartet
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for String Quartet
|If You Don't Believe in Angels
Listen to Me Play
|Autumn's Coming! -- Why Not Try Out Vivaldi's Version
The Four Seasons
|Did You Guess?
Georges Enesco (Did you notice the colored hints?) was born. Not only was he a famous violinist and conductor, he was a gifted pianist as well! Click HERE to see Enesco's music at Amazon.com.
|Need a Fiddle?|
|Miriam Fried plays a particularly noteworthy violin, a 1718 Stradivarius that is said to have been the favorite of its 18th-century owner, composer-conductor Louis Spohr. It was also owned by Regina Strinasacchi who, it is thought, used the instrument to play with Mozart the Sonata in B-flat, K. 454, which had been written for her.
Ms. Fried is currently a professor at Indiana University, and the quotes appearing on this page are taken from a great interview on their web site.
“The link between teacher and student is important, because specific musical information is being conveyed from one generation to the next—the more we know about our musical past, the more informed our playing will be,” she explains. “But it is also symbolic. You don’t just come from nowhere. You come from somewhere."
“I’m not saying that it’s my job to make them think like me,” she emphasizes, “but it is my job to make them hear my side.”
“As a private teacher, I’m in a privileged position. I really get to know my students,” she says. “Each one works with me for one hour a week, and it’s really fascinating to observe the differences in the ways they learn. For some, the more intellectual information I give them, the less they understand. Others need and like a lot of information. Part of my job as a teacher is to navigate their different learning styles.”
“I once had a student, a very gifted young Canadian woman who came to Bloomington as a freshman,” Fried recalls. “We liked each other very much, and I thought she was making good progress. Then, in her third year, we were working together one day, and all of a sudden she gasped, ‘Ah! Maybe I’m not so dumb after all.’ And I said, ‘What?’ She said, ‘During my first year here, when you were talking to me about my playing, I didn’t understand anything you were talking about. Now I finally do.’”