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A topic about violins and violinists of all kinds and all times.
Curated by Marc Rougier
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Welcome to Marc's violin world

Welcome to Marc's violin world | Violins |

I met violin when I was young. I fall in love. It was not reciprocal - I never was able to play a decent scale. But my love survived.

Violin is ultra simple in concept: no moving pieces, no predefined notes. Yet, it offers infinite possibilities. My violin world is violin across boundaries: across music styles, geographies and times. Enjoy and feel free to suggest.

Elisabeth S. de Pablo's comment, May 4, 2011 6:42 AM
Merci pour votre message. Violons et Violes sont cousins. Votre topic est très belle et intéressante. A suivre: et suis en train de mettre en place un site. A bientôt.
Tim's comment, January 2, 2012 9:53 AM
Tiens, je ne savais pas que tu étais passionné de Violon :)!

Leonid Kogan - Sarasate Zigeunerweisen

Marc Rougier's insight:

I love the accuracy of Leonid Kogan's bow strokes. I like his eyes, his concentration; makes me think of an actor. Super dense but also not showing emotion. Great piece too.

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Playing "Billionaire" for the Billionaires: A Violinist's Ironic Wink

Playing "Billionaire" for the Billionaires: A Violinist's Ironic Wink | Violins |
"Now it's kind of a joke -- you always need a private violinist on a jet."

Via Thomas Faltin
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Leonardo Da Vinci's Viola Organista is ALIVE!

Leonardo Da Vinci's Viola Organista is ALIVE! | Violins |
Marc Rougier's insight:

My mind is blown.

The genius of Da Vinci; everybody knows he is a genius, one of the few universally recognized geniuses; yet, are we ready to discover more from him?

The skill, patience and dertermination of this visionary musician who brought Da Vinci's plan to life 500 hundred years later!

And it works! It does sound both weird and nice. Ok the chosen pieces are not all that great, but Marin Marais sounds perfect. This wacky piece of art needs to be seen and heard.

Scooped in Violins because Viola belongs to the family (granted, this viola organista is a fairly remote cousin).

Via @Marylene Delbourg-Delphis.


Tchaikovsky : Violin Concerto

Marc Rougier's insight:

This video is 38 minutes long: too much for a post. But Tchaikovsky's concerto deserves it :) Violinist is Sayaka Shoji. I might prefer versions which are a bit more "violent", but this one is full of emotion. And well fimed too.

Via Gregory Herbé

(edited) Here is a take by super master Heifetz And Heifetz being Heifetz, it's 7 minutes shorter. On fire! :)

Marylene Delbourg-Delphis's comment, September 21, 2013 5:59 PM
Thanks! I still prefer Heifetz and Perlman.
Marc Rougier's comment, September 21, 2013 7:28 PM
Totally agree. I added a link to one of Heifetz performance of same. Thanks Marylene.!

Some energy from Jasser Haj Youssef Quartet

Marc Rougier's insight:

Paros Jazz Festival (Greece, 2012). Via Jasser Haj Youssef. Great musician.

Marc Rougier's comment, April 3, 2013 10:19 AM
@jibees: there migh be a little step, as opposed to, say, But once you are in, you cannot get out (I have his CD if you want to travel a bit ;-))
jibees's comment, April 3, 2013 10:21 AM
I want something just inside the both !
jibees's comment, April 3, 2013 10:23 AM
Like : ;)!

Violin Light Paintings

Violin Light Paintings | Violins |
Marc Rougier's insight:

Violinist Jascha Heifetz playing in darkened studio as light attached to his bow traces the bow movement. Beautiful. Thanks Myriam!

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Yehudi Menuhin & Ravi Shankar: Tenderness

Marc Rougier's insight:

Two legends (Yehudi Menuhin, violin, 1916 - 1999, and Ravi Shankar, sitar, 1920 - 2012), met and played, in a famous "West meets East" recording. Dare dive into the timeless music and discover Tenderness.

Mary Dantes's comment, December 31, 2012 3:19 PM
Beautiful!!! I'm following you.
Elisabeth S. de Pablo's curator insight, March 28, 2013 2:04 PM

Pas de viole mais très beau, à écouter!

Banjo + Guitar: Delivrance

The strings of the banjo are similar to the strings of the violin, so this piece belongs to this topic. I've seen the movie long ago; this mythical scene cannot be forgotten.

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The Portland Cello Project - Take 5

Marc Rougier's insight:

This cello band "formed as a loose group of cellists who kept bumping into each other around town and decided it only made sense to hang out, drink beer and jam" (more). I like this motivation :-)

This particular tune was written by Paul Desmond for Dave Brubek (I hear "Mission Impossible" in it at the end; do you?).

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Double Bass Looping

Seriously, you need to listen to this. Neat video too :)

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Violinist play through his brain surgery

Violinist play through his brain surgery | Violins |

Doctors would normally fix a tremor like Roger Frisch’s by keeping him awake during surgery, inserting electrodes deep into his brain until the trembling appeared to stop.

Marc Rougier's insight:

Brain surgery. How to test, real time, that the surgeon is touching the right part of the brain. Impressive.

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LandfillHarmony, the Recycled Orchestra

LandfillHarmony, the Recycled Orchestra | Violins |
Marc Rougier's insight:

A film about people transforming trash into music; about love, courage and creativity.

Via Musigbistrot Bern

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Fourteen-Year-Old Girl’s Blistering Heavy Metal Performance of Vivaldi

Fourteen-Year-Old Girl’s Blistering Heavy Metal Performance of Vivaldi | Violins |
She is 14 years old, and apparently French. Not much else is known about this precocious young guitarist who goes by the name 'Tina S' on her YouTube channel.
Marc Rougier's insight:

Think she can make my son like Vivaldi!

Thierry's comment, August 9, 2013 2:51 PM
Awesome girl!!!

Adrian Anantawan: Violin's human emotion

"The violin extends the range of the human soul".

About art, technology, and following one's dream.

Tchaikovsky inside. at TED.

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David Garrett-Summer

It's summertime, eventually! Rarely seen such a big crowd for a violinist.

Elvire's comment, June 26, 2012 5:34 PM

Bach's suite #1 for cello solo played on 8 cellos by the same man

The prelude of Bach's Suite #1 for unaccompagnied cello played on 8 cellos by the same player (Steven Sharp Nelson)! Cool :-)

Alice Wujciak's comment, September 17, 2012 12:36 PM
The music was amazing. The photography . . . beyond! Thank you!
Julie Klap's comment, November 1, 2013 11:02 AM
Une autre version originale de Prélude de Bach, Sting et Alessandra Ferri,!

The Violin Maker

A portrait (video) of Sam Zygmuntowicz, violin maker.

Marc Rougier's insight:

Passion and expertise!

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