Monday, March 6, 2017

Violin - the Endangered Classical Instrument

  • A List of Violin Pieces 
  • Don't Say Goodbye to the Violin
  • The Red Violin Synopsis  

Dr Abe V Rotor

A Stradivarius violin, retired.  
                                          French violin fell into pieces as a result of very old age.  
  German violin damaged by powder post beetle, so with its carrying case.  

Don't Say Goodbye to the Violin

Good bye, violin, you have done well your part;
your master has long been dead, 
you're an orphan now bypassed by modernity, 
and praised in your dying bed. 

One virtuoso can play for millions in cyberspace,

faithful enough to the old school;
the avant-garde musician in many versions dare 
the fine art, we may call him a fool.

Where is Elgar, Schubert, Ravel, Rachmaninoff?      

Baroque, Romanesque, Gothic
If the masters live forever in their masterpieces,
why are the youth shy and meek? 

Music and noise, they bind, distinction is nil,

fashion, dance, antics deceive
the senses like Picasso's and Dali's art,
and the soulful violin to grieve.  

I see a young child reach for the keyboard,
his tender fingers full of promise,
a maestro by his side, survivor of a storm
     returning the music of peace.

A List of  Violin Pieces
Virtuoso and popular compositions for the beginner and advanced violinist. 
Search on the Internet, listen to the compositions on YouTube, download if possible.  Search for many more compositions for the violin. You can be a violinist. 

  1. Bach Chaconne
  2. Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata
  3. Paganini Caprice No. 1
  4. Wieniawski Polonaise No. 1
  5. Ysaye Sonata No. 8
  6. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
  7. Sibelius Violin Concerto
  8. Glazunov Violin Concerto
  9. Elgar Violin Concerto
  10. Shostakovich Violin Concerto
  11. Monti Csardas
  12. Brandenburg Concertos, J.S. Bach
  13. D Minor Double Concerto, J. S. Bach
  14. Four Seasons, Vivaldi
  15. Nimrod, Elgar
  16. Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart
  17. Messiah, Handel
  18. Watermusic, Handel
  19. Pachelbel Canon
  20. Second mazurka / Godard –
  21. Elegie / Massenet –
  22. Salut d'Amour / Elgar –
  23. Gipsy dance / Wier –
  24. Andante religioso / Thomé –
  25. My heart at thy sweet voice / Saint-Saens (Samson and Delilah)–
  26. Chaconne / Durand (Op.62)
  27. Ballade romantique / Jaggi –
  28. Liebestraum / Liszt (S.541)
  29. Poupee valsante / Poldini –
  30. Murmuring zephyr / Jensen –
  31. An den frühling / Grieg –
  32. Grande valse brillante / Chopin –
  33. Berceuse / Ilyinski (Op.13)
  34. Melancolie / Wier –
  35. Rain, the / Bohm
  36. Fountain, the / Bohm (Op.221)
  37. Ave Maria, Franz Schubert
  38. Flight of the Bumblebee, Jascha Heifetz / Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  39. Liebesfreud, Fritz Kreisler
  40. Andante and Variations for violin and piano, Gioachino Rossini
  41. Caprice No. 24 in A minor, Op. 1/24 Niccolò Paganini
  42. Humoreske, Antonin Dvorák

From MovieWeb
The Red Violin: Synopsis

THE RED VIOLIN chronicles the journey of a legendary musical instrument -- a violin famous for its unusual reddish hue. Placed on the auction block in modern-day Montreal, after traveling around the globe for over three-hundred years, the violin comes to the attention of expert CHARLES MORRITZ (Samuel L. Jackson,) who mounts an investigation to authenticate the enigmatic instrument and establish its true worth.

Created by seventeenth-century Italian master violin-maker NICOLO BUSSOTTI (Carlo Cecchi) as a gift for his unborn son, the violin becomes the embodiment of Bussotti's grief when his beloved wife, ANNA (Irene Grazioli,) and his infant die in childbirth. Mysteriously, CESCA, the family's housekeeper and a reader of Tarot cards, has predicted a long and adventure-filled life for Anna, coupling her fate to the dramatic fate of the Red Violin.

From this moment on, the violin embarks on a journey through time, becoming the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual centerpiece of the lives of its various owners. As the Tarot cards predict the future "life" of the violin -- describing a death, an ocean journey, a trial, and other events that come to pass -- Morritz and his team of twentieth-century experts, scientists, and musicologists at the auction house, including EVAN WILLIAMS (Don McKellar,) use their skills and instruments to probe the secrets of the violin's past, searching for the key to its perfect acoustics and its unusual red finish. The answers can be found in the Red Violin's tumultuous history.

After Anna's death, the Red Violin leaves Italy, resurfacing in an Austrian monastery famed for its young orchestra. There, it is played by generations of orphans until it comes into the hands of six-year-old child prodigy KASPER WEISS (Christoph Koncz) in 1792. Realizing that the boy has an exceptional talent, the monks call in French music master GEORGES POUSSIN (Jean-Luc Bideau) to launch Kasper's career. The maestro recognizes the frail boy's musical potential and determines to find a patron to support him. But Poussin disapproves of Kasper's emotional dependency on the violin -- the lonely orphan even sleeps with his instrument -- and tries to separate them. As a result, Kasper becomes ill, dying at the very moment his royal audition begins.

The Red Violin is buried with Kasper, but grave-robbers steal the magnificent instrument and it ends up in the hands of nomadic gypsies. In England in 1893, the Red Violin captures the attention of FREDERICK POPE (Jason Flemyng) a Byronic violinist who enthralls audiences with his flamboyantly romantic musical style. Pope is equally passionate in his personal life. His affair with novelist VICTORIA BYRD (Greta Scacchi) becomes charged with eroticism when the Red Violin enters their lives, and sexual fulfillment and musical inspiration become one. When Victoria realizes that the Red Violin has become her rival -- a seductress who holds Pope in her power -- she tries to destroy it.

Pope's Oriental manservant rescues the Red Violin and transports it to his native Shanghai, where he sells the instrument to a pawnbroker. It languishes unnoticed in the shop for decades until a mother buys it for her young daughter XIANG PEI. Several years later, in 1965, Xiang Pei (Sylvia Chang,) now a grown woman, finds herself at the center of the maelstrom of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A party official, she is expected to support the denunciation of a music teacher who is chastised for teaching a useless western instrument -- namely, the violin. Xiang Pei takes a chance and speaks up on behalf of the violinist, saving him from punishment. But she realizes that she must dispose of her own "corruption," the Red Violin she has owned since childhood. Rather than cast her violin to the flames, Xiang Pei locates the music teacher and implores him to take the instrument into hiding. Though aware of the risk, he hides the Red Violin in his attic, amongst dozens of other western instruments he has collected for safekeeping.

The Red Violin remains in its hiding place until the present. The Cultural Revolution long over, Chinese authorities realize the value of the music teacher's collection and decide to send the instruments to an auction house in Montreal. While other experts focus on a potential Stradivarius in the collection, New York based Charles Morritz, as tough as he is brilliant, concentrates on the beaten and battered Red Violin, conducting tests to determine if the instrument might be the lost 17th century Bussotti masterpiece. Intrigued by the violin's unusual color, Morritz sends samples of its unique red varnish for analysis.

Once Morritz establishes that the unusually-colored instrument is in fact the long-lost Red Violin, eager bidders come from all over the world to participate in the auction. They include modern-day trustees of the Austrian Monastery that raised -- and buried -- Kasper Weiss, a representative of the Frederick Pope Institute, and a Chinese businessman who knew Xiang Pei when he was a child. The Red Violin has a lasting hold on all the lives it has touched. And its newest conquest is Charles Momitz: the Red Violin has become his obsession.

Once Morritz' investigation leads him to the shocking and ultimately inspirational secret of the Red Violin, he alone understands its true value, a value that has nothing to do with money. He resolves that the violin will fulfill its original destiny -- to pass from father to child as an enduring symbol of love and the relationship between art and life. With the help of Evan Williams, Morritz substitutes a convincing fake for the precious Red Violin, hides the original under his coat, and leaves the auction to return to New York. Morritz has a different and more worthy plan for the instrument. He will present it to his child as a legacy of love, just as Bussotti hoped to do when he first created the magnificent Red Violin. Acknowledgement: MovieWeb Internet, Wikipedia, The Red Violin Movie
The Red Violin touched the lives of many people, both the good and the bad; for the latter, the greedy and obsessed.  Many of them changed, others have yet to learn. I hope they will.  The Red Violin is a curse to those who defy true goodness. Its ending begins a cycle. And perhaps the story repeats itself if man does not reform.  

Similar plots are found in John Steinbeck's The Pearl, also in The Moon Stone where a precious thing becomes a curse - and in many true-to-life stories. - AVRotor  

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