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The violin is in some ways a problematic instrument.  I’ve always had mixed feelings about its popularity, the way it displaced its noble and diverse predecessors, the viols, its grasshoppery diva nature, its demand for virtuosity.  I give the violin … Continue reading

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unbarred preludes

One of my favorite unbarred preludes for baroque lute, by Sylvius Leopold Weiss: This particular one in d minor—actually it styles itself a fantasia— is so idiomatic and easy to play, it just rolls out from under the fingers, and … Continue reading

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