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
November 26
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1925 - Eugene Istomin, American pianist, was born.

1928 - Johannes Haarklou, Norwegian composer, died.

- Richard Englefield, American composer, was born.  Composed his first symphony at age 55.

- Debut of Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto, Karl Bohm, conducting Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Georg Kulenkamph soloist.

1955 - Britian's first  rock & roll #1 record on the pop music charts, Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock.

- One day after its release, Garth Brooks's Sevens placed 12 of its 14 songs in the Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in Billboard Magazine

- Grete von Zieritz, Austrian composer, died.

- Meyer Kupferman, American composer, died.
Bell grew up a "typical American kid," with a "slight addiction to computer games."  He was an athlete, and quite competitive.  He made the finals of a national tennis tournament when he was 10.

At age 12, Joshua met Josef Gingold, who became his teacher.   In 1981 he won the Seventeen Magazine/ General Motors competition. He made his professional orchestral debut at age 14, playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Ricardo Muti.

From there he earned appearances with several orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonic Orchestra of London and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Franz Welser-Most, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Herbert Blomstedt.

Joshua has had a shining performing and recording career.  He recorded the works of George Gershwin with composer John Williams. On the album Listen to the Storyteller, he performed a violin solo in a work by Wynton Marsalis. John Corgliano, who would later compose the music for the film
The Red Violin, wrote the concert piece Chaconne, for Bell.  Bell also performed for the film and soundtrack for The Red Violin.  iano, who also composed the music for the film The Red Violin. Bell has also performed works by British composer Nicholas Maw and American composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

Recent recordings by Bell include
Romance of the Violin, Voice of the Violin, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, and West Side Story Suite (by Bernstein). 

Most of Joshua Bell's time is devoted to concerts and recitals. During a season, he performs more than 100 concerts worldwide.  He has organized an annual winter music festival in London. Performers have included Yefim Bronfman, Steven Isserlis and the Orion String Quartet.

Bell is praised for his cadenzas for violin concertos. He has written cadenzas for Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Mozart. He has appeared on CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show and AE's Biography. Joshua Bell, with a violin named the "Gibson" has become a household name among classical musicians.  Joshua Bell is one of the featured performers in Barry Green's book
The Mastery of Music : Ten Pathways to True Artistry. He is the subject of the chapter on concentration.
Joshua Bell
November 26, 1997 marked the debut of John Corigliano's The Red Violin for Violin and Orchestra with Joshua Bell with the San Francisco Symphony, Robert Spano conducting.

Joshua Bell was born in Indiana in 1967 and acquired an interest in playing the violin at an early age.  His parents gave him his first tiny violin (a 1/16 size instrument) at the age of 4, after he was found picking out tunes on rubber bands stretched across drawer handles.
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Can You Guess?
For years young violinist Joshua Bell played a very distinctive violin.  Can You Guess what made Joshua Bell's instrument so distinctive?
Look at the bottom of the page for the answer.
Johann Georg Pisendel became on the 2nd christmas holiday 1687 as 5th child of the Kantorsfamilie Pisendel in Cadolzburg in means franc born. 

Pisendels father Simon originated a Färberfamilie out of mark new churches in the constable country.  1680 the father applied himself after successful training visit in Nuremberg around vacant places in Cadolzburg, around that of the organist and Kantors and that of the training master.  Simon Pisendel married 26-year-old in January 1681 in long zen the 18 years Cunigunda Züll young baker daughter and mayor daughter out of long zen.  Immediately they pulled after Cadolzburg where yet in November 1681 became its 1st child (Salome) born. 

Johann Georg Pisendel in its parental home experienced the early children years together with his parents and a 3 year of older as well as a 3 year sister of younger.  Father Simon Pisendel, "a special lover of the Music, that all instruments verse deed, has the youth, so desire in addition had" and also its single son Johann Georg prematurely music instruction gives.  "Especially the light lad soprano Johann Georgs pleased and common much joy", also in all kinds of church occasions. 

So "discovered" the at that time castle gentleman Cadolzburgs, mark count Georg Friedrich d. J. of Brandenburg that stream (1694-1703) the large musical talent of the boys because he 1697 again once out of that stream to the visit of the waiter office into its Franconian Hohenzollernburg Cadolzburg and on Sunday early naturally also to the religious service into the old gothic St.-Cäcilien-Kirche came.  "Kantor Simon Pisendel played this Sunday lively on its organ an italiänisches Motett" set for soprano and organ - and be was 9-year-old son Johann Georg the Solo-Sopran..  The pretty lad voice and its Musikalität fell the art ingenious mark count up.  "The mark count found so much pleasure at the skill of the young singer that he included" it at once in his of that streams chapel. 

The 9-year-old Johann Georg Pisendel came 1697 after that stream.  It visited the secondary school where now also its special gift for languages was noticeable.  It recovered of the Kapellmeister Francesco Antonio Pistocchi song instruction, and it became of that for 6 years, to its voice breach when soprano ware of the that streams yard chapel looks after.  In addition Pisendel in that stream of Maistro Guiseppe Torelli violins instruction and composition instruction recovered.  Of 1704-1709, it was therefore a very active Violonist of the that streams yard chapel that stood under the direction of its masterly teacher.

When 1703 mark counts Georg Friedrich d. J died,., Pisendel was able to remain thanks to its large and manifold trained zeal and ability in that stream although the new mark count Wilhelm Friedrich (1703-1723) had to seize immediately entirely urgent savings measures.  First 1709, after 12 years in that stream (1697-1709), opened to can itself the Johann Georg Pisendel old now 21 year to further studies toward Leipzig, not without the markgräfliche assurance, always into the yard chapel rückkehren. 

In Cadolzburg, month died in April 1701 Johann Georg Pisendels mothers after 20 marriage years at the age of 38 years, just three after the birth of its 13th child, that became only a week old.  Into the dead index, the minister wrote at that time 300 years ago literally: "... blessed differently, so Christian, god-fearing, tugendsam, modest, quiet, taken in, listened meek, a very diligent Kirchgängerin so devotional.  With its man Simon Pisendel, Cantoris and organist, one quite peacefully marriage led".  Only 4 of its 13 children survived the mother.  Your single son Johann Georg was straight 13 years old when it died.  Father Simon Pisendel marries 1702 again, namely the minister daughter Johanna Elisabetha tavern out of Bürglein in Heilsbronn.  Yet 7 further Pisendel-children originate this 2nd marriage whereby however only 3 girls survived the infant age. 

The young musician interrupted the trip Johann Georg Pisendels of that stream to Leipzig in the year 1709 for short time in Weimar, for he sought and found there the acquaintance with Johann Sebastian stream that functioned at the Weimarer yard to this time as an organist. 

In Leipzig, Pisendel let matriculate itself to be sure immediately at the University of Leipzig, sought however obviously a yet more promising continued education, than a violinist in the "Collegio Musico" under the direction of Georg Philipp Telemann. 

Did as a Pisendel, shortly after its arrival in Leipzig, 1709, that "Collegio Musico" before game have, it became idol verspöttelt after contemporary reports first of all obviously only after its clothing of a member by the name of: "what the Pürschlein wants yet here?  Yes, yes, that becomes us what right before violins..  Pisendel put on indeß its Concert, which was of its that streams master TORELLI.  And hardly Pisendel had begun to play the first solo, saw it idol full admiration on.  The Adagio influenced but yet more idol: that tore itself its Perüque of the head, threw it on the ground, was able to await hardly the end of the Violinsolos in order to embrace then Pisendeln before charming and to assure it its respect."  Immediately Pisendel was engaged as violin masterly of the Collegio Musico. 

Leipzig was, at least to this time, the German high castle for music.  The names Corelli, Torelli, Vivaldi and Albinoni were there in all mouths.  "That previously sooner französiche music type changed itself with blinding effects, presentation manner and form peculiarity.  What the other German violinists marveled arrived, when the first of this Vivaldischen Violinkonzerte out of Leipzig". 

In Leipzig, Pisendel recovered two special invitations at the yards to Hesse-Darmstadt in order to direct a Graupner-opera einzustudiern and and after Eisenach where now its friend Georg Philipp Telemann yard-Kapellmeister was.  That for Pisendel however all decisive call to Dresden Hofkapellmeister Volumier, that 1711 in Leipzig Pisendels virtuosity perceived, came of that Dresden.  It made to change Pisendel immediately a good offer as a "Violiste and Cammer Musicus" at that Dresden yard chapel.  End 1711 supposed Pisendel this offer.  In that Dresden yard chapel he worked himself quickly to the "first Violisti" highly.  It became famous through the tact bandage Violinhaltung and the severe stroke leadership of the Violinbogens.  Quantz wrote "the renown of the Dresdener yard chapel established itself to a large degree on these upbringing working of Johann Georg Pisendel..." at that time as a contemporary, composer, author and pipe that Dresden yard chapel. 

Johann Georg Pisendel concert master of the yard chapel Dresden becomes 1728 and remains this for 27 years, to its death  1755.
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Did You Guess?
Although he currrently plays a Stradivarius violin called the "Gibson," for years Joshua Bell played a violin shaped like a guitar.  Look carefully at the corners of the violin on the photo below.
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The Guitar-Shaped Stradivarius Violin is Called the "Tom Taylor."