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Horsehair and Wood: Re-hairing a Violin Bow |
Many violinists truly believe that these instruments are better than newly made violins, and several scientists have tried to work out why. Some suspected at the unusually dense wood, harvested from Alpine spruces that grew during an Ice Age. Others pointed the finger at the varnish, or the chemicals that Stradivari used to treat the wood. The duo asked professional violinists to play new violins, and old ones by Stradivari and Guarneri. One of the new violins even emerged as the most commonly preferred instrument. Ever since the early 19th century, many tests have questioned the alleged superiority of the old Italian violins.
Horsehair and Wood: Re-hairing a Violin Bow
The mourners included his widow Mrs. Annie Pagnotti , and other relatives, Miss Elvy, and Dr. Pagnotti was a thorough musician, educated at a leading conservatorio in Italy, and came to Australia many years ago for Italian opera, and settled in Sydney. When Madame Amy Sherwin made her operatic debut in "Lucia" at the old Victoria Theatre, Pitt-street, in , Pagnotti beautifully rendered the obbligato in the Mad Scene, and he accompanied the Tasmanian Nightingale on some of her subsequent girlish tours before she settled in Europe, where she became a celebrity. Pagnotti was in several fine Italian opera companies here, and ultimately was attached to the orchestra at Her Majesty's in comic opera for a long period of years.
Posture[ edit ] Man playing violin on a park bench. The violin is played either seated or standing up. Solo players whether playing alone, with a piano or with an orchestra play mostly standing up unless prevented by a physical disability such as in the case of Itzhak Perlman , while in the orchestra and in chamber music it is usually played seated.