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poetic violin descriptions, anyone?

December 2, 2005 at 12:43 AM

Well, here I am at the end of the semester, and I am finally beginning a blog on! I've never blogged before, so we shall see how it goes.

Right now, I have a final draft of an English paper and two Music History papers due within the next week or so. Plus four theory tests, a eurhythmics test, my first studio class appearance(!), and a jury. It's really not all that much stuff as I have kept up with everything pretty well all along.

Tonight I am writing a paper for Music History comparing the violin family with the viol family. I'm pretty excited about it. Does anyone have any "poetic descriptions" or "names" of the violin? I know it has been called the "devil's instrument" and I think "master of the orchestra" or something like that. If anyone has any such elegant labels for the violin, I would be much appreciative!

Well, I must begin working on my paper now!

All the best to all of you!

From Jim W. Miller
Posted on December 2, 2005 at 6:22 AM
You could just call it stuff like "larynx of devine angels" or "vessel of harmonious nectar."
From Jenna Potts
Posted on December 2, 2005 at 4:28 PM
From Samuel Thompson
Posted on December 2, 2005 at 5:39 PM
Jenna-go to your library and look for Herbert Whone's "The Simplicity of Playing the Violin"...
From Eric Stanfield
Posted on December 2, 2005 at 9:19 PM
Not sure if it's exactly what you are looking for but I read a quote somewhere from an owner of a strad or some other old instrument along the line of "I am just one person passing through the life of this violin". My paraphrasing is not nearly as elegant as the original quote. Maybe someone else knows the exact phrase or who said it. At any rate, I thought it was very insightful and (as originally worded) an elegant way of putting it.
From Carley Anderson
Posted on December 2, 2005 at 10:05 PM
Glad to see you're starting a blog, Jenna! It'll be fun to keep up on your life. Aren't blogs so much easier than e-mails? ;)

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