Whether you like to play country violin or Stravinsky compositions in the concert hall, violins have a sound that is easily adapted to a variety of musical genres.
They haven’t always looked the same since their heyday in the 16th century, but the violin has a recognizable tone and appearance. Some of the highest valued instruments have sold for millions of dollars at auctions. National Violin Day on December 13 recognizes the impact and cultural contributions of a more versatile instrument.
NATIONAL VIOLIN DAY SCHEDULE
1555 – The first violin
Italian violin maker Andrea Amati built the oldest documented four-string violin.
1626 – Louis XIII creates a violin orchestra
His “King’s 24 Violins” orchestra became a real sensation and raised the profile of this exciting instrument.
2008 – British violinist sets world record
Ben Lee is believed to be among the fastest violinists in the world, having set the record for playing the “Bumblebee” composition in just over a minute.
2011 – SOLD!
A Japanese fundraising auction raised $ 15 million for “Lady Blunt,” an original Stradivarius from 1721.
ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL VIOLIN DAY
Enjoy your favorite violin movies
National Violin Day gives you absolute permission to indulge yourself with anything related to the violin. We suggest you make it a movie night. Start your “violin marathon” with every movie you can think of that revolves around violins. Let’s start with three: “The Red Violin”, “The Devil’s Fiddler” and “Soloist”.
Hear all the violin music you can handle
National Violin Day encourages you to pack your iPod with an endless supply of violin tracks. Jump from genre to genre, starting with Paganini compositions and ending with your favorite bluegrass songs. Invite some friends, cook something and voila.
Sign up for violin lessons
National Violin Day is your time to finally fulfill a fantasy of a lifetime. You want to play the violin! So sign up for lessons. But as you learn, be a good neighbor and distribute earplugs to people upstairs and across the hall. They will love you for it.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL VIOLIN DAY
Violins and violins are practically the same
The burning question among fans on National Violin Day is whether violins and violins are the same. In general, they are, with the only difference being that a violin can have a fifth string, unlike most violins, which only have four strings. Country music violinists further differentiate that the fifth string is plucked and not bowed. Both instruments are generally made of maple or spruce wood which give the instrument a beautiful finish, and the strings are always made of horse hair.
They weren’t always considered high-class instruments
Violins date back to the Persian Byzantine era of the 9th century. They didn’t look like modern violins, of course, but they did have strings. There were also variations that included the Arabic rebac, medieval violin, and other types of portable stringed instruments. Unfortunately for the violin, prior to the 16th century, the musicians who played them were considered lower class and could not play music in prestigious courts or palatial houses. This impression may have changed when professional violinists from the Italian city of Brescia, a violin-making center, asked the government to consider their craft further so as not to associate themselves with the “low, vile and raw” music of the most common. musicians.
Violins appeared in works of art
Europeans appreciated violins. One way to express their stature was to include them in paintings in churches and palaces. During the baroque artistic period, violins began to appear everywhere in paintings. After all, how could you have a decent heavenly choir without violins? That is why you can see the first European portraits depicting cherubs and gods playfully holding or stroking violins.