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MAKE MUSIC PART OF YOUR LIFE SERIES: Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 1 for Strings in G major


Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 1 for Strings in G major

Andras Kiss, violin. Budapest Rossini Ensemble.
Gioachino Rossini – Sonata No. 1 for Strings in G major
I. Moderato 00:08:15
II. Andantino 00:04:42
III. Allegro 00:02:29

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Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris (1723)







Marin Marais (1656-1728), composer

Marin Marais (1656-1728), composer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris [The Bells of St. Genevieve] from La Gamme et Autres Morceaux de Symphonie (1723)

New Comma Baroque – Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Morlan, historical keyboards


Various Viols Nederlands: Diverse typen violas

Various Viols Nederlands: Diverse typen violas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Recorded March 27th-28th, 2012 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, IL 

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Baroque !

Baroque ! (Photo credit: fred_v)



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris, “The Bells of St. Genevieve” in English, is a work by Marin Marais written in 1723 for violviolin and harpsichord withbasso continuo. It can be considered a passacaglia or a chaconne, with a repeating D, F, E bass line. Being a student of Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, it is perhaps Marais’ most famous composition that explores the various techniques of the viol.


The work begins with 4 measures of the bass line played by the continuo and viol, then, on the 5th measure the violin takes over the melody. Throughout the piece, the violin and viol take turns with the melody.


The viol part is of great difficulty because of Marais’s mastery of that instrument. The centerpiece is not the melody, the violin, but the viol. His work can be thought of as something to showcase the violist’s skill, despite that it does not always have the melody.


The piece also exists in a version for solo double bass, having been arranged by Norman Ludwin for Ludwin Music. An electronic version on aFairlight synthesizer was used in the soundtrack of the 1982 film “Liquid Sky“.





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Today’s Birthday: NICCOLÒ PAGANINI (1782) Leonid Kogan plays “La Campanella”

Niccolò Paganini (1782)

An Italian violinist and composer whose virtuosity is the stuff of legend, Paganini was playing with an orchestra by the age of nine. By the time he reached adulthood, the renowned violinist had also earned a reputation as a shameless womanizer and inveterate gambler. The latter vice once even cost him his prized violin. Nevertheless, he had a profound influence on the evolution of violin technique. Why did the Catholic Church deny him burial in consecrated ground for years following his death? More… Discuss

STRING QUARTET Nº 2 (Alexander Borodin) Notturno

Alexander Borodin
Quartet per a cordes nº 2
Notturno (andante)

Borodin Quartet
Rostislav Dubinsky i Yaroslav Alexandrov, violins
Dmitry Shebalin, viola
Valentin Berlinsky, cello


Johnny Cash: When Papa Played The Dobro (Flatt / Scruggs)


Johnny Cash



My papa was a hobo when they delivered me

We didn’t have a doctor cause he couldn’t pay the fee

But when the goin’ got too bad to ease his misery
Papa played the dobro this a way and he’d go

[ dobro ]

When company would come around he kept the dobro hid

He knew he couldn’t play the way the other players did

Why the guitar’s resonator was a gallon bucket lid

But papa played the dobro this a way and he’d go

[ dobro ]

Well now that papa’s gone away it’s hanging by the flue

The top of it’s rusted and the strings’re rusty too

It won’t ever sound the way that it did when it was new

When papa played the dobro this a way and he’d go

[ dobro ]