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  1. i hope any/all concerned know that after the movie (as in right now they are broadcasting a live performance of the music from the movie (and joshua bell is, as it were, ripping it up
  2. electric violinists have interesting harnesses which they use to secure their violins while doing crazy 'rock-star' type moves. davidk just bought an electric from some fellow(the post is called "just got my new violin" or words to that effect)who sells other violins with these harnesses. i would imagine that it is possible to alter one of these harnesses to be used with a regular instrument, so perhaps contacting the fellow who sells them with his violins could be a fruitful endevour. best of luck!
  3. from what i've been told, they would understand eachother for the most part, but the languages are different enough to be rather noticable. for instance: cén chaoi a bhfuil tú? and ciamar a tha thu? are the same question, one posed in irish, the other in scottish gaelic. even pronunciation-wise they are rather different, but supposedly everyone will understand, no matter how you ask! now, if the more knowledgable people would be so kind as to provide a worthy answer. . . [This message has been edited by MacCeol (edited 04-24-2001).]
  4. i can't tell you about the rest of it, but generally morag is a woman's name and a fairly common (and old) one at that. have a good day all!
  5. i know it's been a while, but if you'd like another group of links, there's a bunch of them at my old gaelic prof's page which can be found here: http://www.stfx.ca/people/knilsen/welcome.html
  6. DavidK, do you know any places where a recording of Maazel's "Farewells" can be found? the only recording i heard was on the radio and apparently it was a 'for broadcast only' kinda thing, and i an aching to enjoy it again. thanks for any help!
  7. we were briefly introduced to the various introductions in different dialects, and if i recall correctly Ciamar a tha sibh? would be scottish gaelic, tho isn't that plural? seems like our prof said ciamar a tha thu? would be for singular, but i don't remember well now. and as for Nic, is that not like Ní? that would be properly for a daughter, and as it stands, i am a son so for now, i'll stick with mac randall, if you're more up on your gaelic studies than i am(which would, unfortunately, not be much of a feat ), could you give the scottish gaelic translation of those sayings? i'm just soo out of practice (and even then i was not too experienced)that i'm really scrapping. [This message has been edited by MacCeol (edited 04-07-2001).]
  8. just a note on the the languages of the isles: irish and scottish gaelic are somewhat alike, enough so that a fluent speaker of one can generally understand a fluent speaker of the other manx, welsh etc. are rather different from scottish gaelic and irish, but they do share some phonetic qualities. i don't know about comprehension of the other languages tho as i have yet to hear much of either of them. cornish is another one that's in the same family, but again, i'm not sure in terms of cross-linguistic comprehension and phonetic resemblence. if i ever find my notes from class, i'll be sure to post the basics
  9. Gu dearbh, tha agam cuideachd an criomag na gàidhlige --ged chan eil an gràmar. i thought this was humorous, that's all! randall-my memory may not serve me well, but gaelic does not follow the "plural/formal" kind of thing, it's just plural(tho as i said, i might not be remembering this properly)
  10. well, for starters, ta gaeilge beagan agam means "i have a little gaelic." if i were a fluent speaker, i would have said "ta gaeilge agam," but i don't have all of it and i don't remember all of what i did once have : ) i took my course through harvard's summer program but there are various ways to learn, and one of the most highly recommended would be the "teach yourself" series. one thing to watch for, gaelic means scottish gaelic(generally), and a course in irish will be called just that(or more likely, modern irish) as for pronunciation, it's sorta complicated. i'll try and 'phoneticize' a couple of these, but it will not likely be much help. if you think you'd prefer one title over another, that might be easier. so, here we go: sa mho chor = "sa whoa chor" (where ch is the 'clearing your throat' sound you might associate with german) shábháil = "ha wyl" (although you really want to get that ái in the end) coinnigh mé = "conni(gh) may" (let the gh be slightly pronounced but do not end with a "g" sound, and think french on that é) if you'd like to hear some gaelic spoken(although i admit you probably won't understand much ) [This message has been edited by MacCeol (edited 04-06-2001).]
  11. Ta gaeilge beagan agam. sa mo chor ta me san ait a ba cheam dom shabhail coinnigh me na croi bhain leis na taithi there should be 'accents' over the first e and third a in the second line, the two a's in line 3, the e in line 4, the fist a and firs i in line 5 and the first a and last i in line 6 if anyone else feels better about their gaelic, please speak up! best of luck! oh, a note on pronunciation(if you care), the mh is pronounced like a w, the ch is pronounced like you're clearing your throat, the sh is pronounced like an h. those are the big one's anyway [This message has been edited by MacCeol (edited 04-06-2001).]
  12. hrrmmmm..... and for those of us not in the know. . . ummmmmmm, little help?
  13. just a note: mozart did not die a pauper. the common notion that he did die a pauper stems mostly from his buriel in a mass grave, but this was actually a trend at the time. sort of a middle class pride kind of thing. he was actually a collector of billiard tables(and quite a player)toward his later years. he did ask for loans from his friends, but this was more to support a rather lavish lifestyle(if you look at the price of a good pool table, you can imagine just how lavish a lifestyle he was living! ) sorry to put in this rather tangental point, but i do think it's somewhat important to note, if not for any reason other than to dispell a common myth. as for who i would be? well, i hate to be a softie about it, but i think i'd have to pick a somewhat modern violinist, because i'm afraid that i wouldn't be very fond of life before electricity and indoor plumbing! so, if i had to pick one in particular, i'd say hillary hanh(sp?) simply because she seems like such a nice person and she seems rather content with life, and i sure would like to satisfy both of those criterea boy, never thought i'd pick a female! must be too late! have a good one!
  14. so yes, i cannot spell similarly, has anyone taken the mellow-over-projection a step further to acheive even greater levels of sound quality without worrying about projection? for those of us with no intent of performing for anyone but ourselves(and perhaps friends/family), projection really isn't all that important(in fact, when practicing, projection can be a baaaad thing ).
  15. i'm glad to see all the replies! i think it's facinating to find the differences in taste between everyone here. the previous post reminded me of a violin i saw once being played in central park(near some little foot path bridge if i recall correctly): it was a blue violin. the thing was wonderfully flamed and it had this translucent blue that was just stunning! it was fantastic! so now for my original intent in this post, i came accross this one a couple of days ago. let's not talk about the quality of the violin, the description, or anything of the sort, but i would like to hear people's opinions about the look. it's rather close to what i like very much(particularly the varnish)and i thought giving an example for people to say what they like/dislike might make this easier for some people who might not have contributed yet but wanted to. so, here we go: http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?V...item=1417938438 i don't know where one would find a picture of it, but the cello steven isserlis plays with or the amati carlo chiarappa plays with have something else that drives me wild(as it were ): a powerfully flamed scroll/neck(in isserlis' case, the flaming of the neck is just amazing i think!). my little fiddle has a scroll that just sort of jumps out and grabs me, and i love it! again, thanks for all the talk everyone!
  16. well, in good faith based on your replies, i went out looking for another recording of the fantasy. i coulnd't find one at the local music stores(local as in walking distance )so i went online and found one at amazon(actually, quite a few! ). they have the nice option that one can listen to a clip off the record before purchasing. for the record, the sample i was getting was from perlman(i sure hope i spelled that right!). i never knew different players could affect the music so! while his performance wasn't straight out of the celtic classic™(for all the PA and NJ'ers)it was much more apparent where the title comes from with his playing. i think i shall refrain from picking on the person responsible for the recording i have now, as they are obviously talented, but man, i can't believe what i was missing! thanks for the help all!
  17. actually, i only had one recording of it and it was not Heifetz's, but i'll be sure to keep my eyes peeled(errr, in proportion to my budget that is )
  18. is it just me, or does it not sound very scottish?
  19. MacCeol

    violin woods

    i appologize if you'd prefer to keep this thread as is, but something i've been wondering: what is it about maple? is maple used mostly for dogsastic reasons? what other woods have been "tested" for their tonal properties? i guess i mostly wondered why violins don't seem to be made out of a wide range of woods and that maple(and spruce in some cases)accounts for most every violin i've ever seen. thanks for any input, and if you'd prefer, i'll be happy to make this it's own topic.
  20. MacCeol

    One or Two

    thanks for the replies! mike, i was wondering if you could elaborate on that. i guess i don't see why the two piece should have better properties than the one piece given similar attention to gradation and the like. thanks again!
  21. hi all a few nights ago i heard a recording of lorin maazel's farewells on a local radio station(kmzt for all those in the socal/inland empire area)and i loved it. i emailed the station about it and was refered to the chicago symphony. when i emailed them i recieved a distressing reply, it is only for radio broadcast! if anyone knows of any recordings of this, i'd love(LOVE!)to hear about where you got them or where they are available. thanks!
  22. MacCeol

    One or Two

    hi there i found an old thread while wondering about this, but it was rather directed in another way than i'd like to pursue, so i hope you don't mind. Why are some violins made with one piece backs and others with two piece backs? Is there an advantage to be had with either, or does it really come down to aesthetics? it always seemed to me that a two piece back would just be loads more work and something of a risk, but i'm not one to make violins, so i really don't know. oh, similarly, have people experimented with n-piece backs for n > 2 ? seems like i've seen all sorts of strange things on ebay, but nothing like that. well, not so far... [This message has been edited by MacCeol (edited 03-20-2001).]
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