Bach’s Call to Action

“How oft it happens when one’s smoking: The stopper’s missing on the shelf, And one goes with one’s finger poking Into the bowl and burns oneself. If in the pipe such pain doth dwell, How hot must be the pains of Hell.” JS Bach. At some point in our education, [...]

The Etymology of “Violoncello”:
Implications on Literature in the Early History of the Cello

By Robert Jesselson (originally published in Strings Magazine, February 1991 issue) As string players and teachers using the words “violin,” “fiddle,” and “cello” with great frequency, how often do we stop to consider the origin of these words? It is perhaps intriguing to uncover the relationship between the term “violin” and [...]

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