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March 15
Can You Guess? In My Fair Lady Professor Henry Higgins finds he is unable to understand his student, Eliza Doolittle's behavior, and asks a question about women. Can You Guess what Higgins wants women to be like?

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1807 - Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (first public performance), in Vienna, at a benefit concert conducted by the composer.

1835 - Austrian composer and conductor Eduard Strauss, in Vienna; He was the youngest son of Johann Strauss, Sr

1853 - Death of Italian violinist Giovanni Ricordi founder of Italian Music Publishers.

1864 - Birth of Norwegian violinist and composer Johan Halvorsen in Drammen

1897 - Premiere of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1.

1956 - Premiere of Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady on Broadway

1962 - First major appearance of tenor Luciano Pavarotti. He played the Duke in  Rigoletto, in Palermo.

2000 - Premiere of John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan with soprano Sylvia McNair and pianist Martin Katz at Carnegie Hall in NYC.
Aaron Rosand
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Aaron Rosand was born in Hammond, Indiana March 15, 1927.  His parentw were both professional musicians, one a cabaret singer and the other a cinema pianist. 

In 1930, When Rosand was just 3 years old, he began to study the violin.  His public debut was a recital at Chicago’s Civic Opera House in 1936 at the age of 9.
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Rosand's performance was very well received.  The following year, when he was just 10, Rosand performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in e minor with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of Fredrick Stock.

In 1939 Rosand began study under Leon Sametini at the Chicago Musical College, having won a scholarship to attend the school.  Sametini was a disciple of violinist Eugene Ysaye.  Just five years later Rosand moved to Philadelphia where he began study under violinist Efrem Zimbalist (who studied under Leopold Auer) at the Curtis Institute of Music.

As a result, Rosand's style is a mix of the two "schools" of violin playing.  Ysaye and the "expressive" school of playing involve the extensive use of vibrato and playing in an "emotive" manner. The "Russian" school, however, is more concerned with a "thick" sound.  As a result of this, Rosand says that depending on the particular piece he will alter his style to play in a manner consistent with the proper interpretation of the work.
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Did You Guess?
Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Men are so honest, so thoroughly square;
Eternally noble, historic'ly fair;
Who, when you win, will always give your back a pat. Well, why can't a woman be like that?
Why does ev'ryone do what the others do?
Can't a woman learn to use her head?
Why do they do ev'rything their mothers do?
Why don't they grow up- well, like their father instead?
Why can't a woman take after a man?
Men are so pleasant, so easy to please;
Whenever you are with them, you're always at ease.
Men are so decent, such regular chaps.
Ready to help you through any mishaps.
Ready to buck you up whenever you are glum.
Why can't a woman be a chum?
Why is thinking something women never do?
Why is logic never even tried?
If I was a woman who'd been to a ball,
Been hailed as a princess by one and by all;
Would I start weeping like a bathtub overflowing?
And carry on as if my home were in a tree?
Would I run off and never tell me where I'm going?
Why can't a woman be like me?

Of course I don't believe a word of that!

(Do I have to sleep on the couch again tonight honey?)
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After World War II Rosand carried on an extensive career as a concert violinist.  He developed a very wide repertoire, and became known in the music community as a wonderful "pinch hitter."  He developed such familiarity with more than twenty concertos that he was able to step in at a moment's notice and play any of them, should a contracted soloist be unable to appear.
But this is certainly not to say that Rosand is not a virtuoso in his own right.  He recorded extenslively.  In fact, 1957 saw him record an album with including Brahms's Sonatas Opus 78 and 100.  The pianist for the album was his wife, Eileen Fissler.  He made several other recordings wih her as well.

In the 1960's Rosand developed a love for music composed by great violinists.  He said that there is actually a difference between "great music" and "great violin music."   He became quite expert in the works of Tartini, Vieuxtemps, Paganini, Sarsate and Ysaye.  The success he enjoyed with this caused him to continue in the same vein, and the 1970's saw him concentrate on works by Ernst, Joachim, Hubay, Ries and Godard.

In 1981 Rosand received a great honor.  He was asked to join the faculty of the Curtis Institute, his alma mater.  He accepted the position of Professor of Violin Studies, and occupies the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair.

In his teaching, Rosand is insistent upon good posture and proper position.  He says: "Most physical problems young violinists develop are caused by bad position or tension, or trying to over vibrate and the increased pressure needed to produce a volume of sound on synthetic strings. I am a stickler for good position and my students are always noticeable the way they hold their violins and bows."

Rosand has released more than 20 albums, and has recorded all over the world including the United States, Malaysia and Norway.  He has even released a DVD of a concert he gave at age 76, when he founded the Aarond Rosand music scholarship fund at Mills College, in Oakland, California.
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