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  1. What would the string length be on this viola?
  2. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.
  3. There is a viola concerto by Alexander Akimov that sounds worthwhile. I also just found this on You Tube - Revol Bunin, Viola Concerto
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    Shannon Lee

    I think Shannon is in a very good position. She still has a number of years left before she has to decide between a music career path, college or possible military service. Let us not forget, she could get married and decide to devote herself full time as a mother. The possible option of a life as a concert violinist is open because of the many years of work and training she already has undergone. It is very doubtful this would of been possible if her parents had decided until she was college age to get the training and experience necessary these days. Having said all that, there is not an overwhelming demand for concert violinist. I can see a parent deciding not to encourage a child, regardless of talent, into a such an insecure career path. Still, the time Shannon spent in practice and working one and one with superior teachers, was probably better spent then the same amount of time watching TV, playing video games and on the phone. "According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), kids in the United States watch about 4 hours of TV a day — even though the AAP guidelines say kids older than 2 should watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming."
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    Shannon Lee

    Shannon seems to be happy at what she is doing, and has taken to the concert stage as fish to water. She is getting special schooling, which probably as good if not better then what she would have as a full time public school student. There is little doubt in my mind, should she decide to drop music and do something else, she would have the means and talent to do so. Midori for example has various degrees in Psychology, and had other options then a life as a concert violinist. I think it would be nearly criminal for a child with an amazing natural talent to allow it to languish in the fear it would harm the child to develop this one talent as far as possible.
  6. If only a hundred or so missing Cantatas that Bach wrote would turn up ...sigh....
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    Shannon Lee

    Shannon Lee on You Tube -
  8. I just purchased a Telarc CD by a very young violinist named Shannon Lee. Samples can be heard on Amazon Her webpage - The musical maturity of her playing is utterly amazing. This is major league talent. Don't let the kid look fool you.
  9. Leonid Kogan plays Paganini's Violin
  10. Shlomo Mintz performs on Paganini's violin "Il Cannone". Paganini Violin Concerto #1 Part1
  11. Since I never heard the Schoenberg Violin Concerto before, it was out of curiosity mostly that I bought a copy of the new recording of the Schoenberg & Sibelius Violin Concertos done by Hilary Hahn. The Schoenberg itself is somewhat more approachable, for my taste then the Berg Concerto, which never fails to put me to sleep. Still, it is not a work I would normally want to hear more then once or twice. Hahn's knock out performance is what brings to piece to life, and has made this recording one of the top selling 100 CDs at Amazon. She plays with utter confidence, warmth and cleanness, what is obviously an extraordinary difficult part. If a case that can be made that a performance can transcend the piece which is being played, this is it. I will be listening to this concerto, many, many times in the future; not for Schoenberg's music as much as to hear the amazing Hahn.
  12. I don't know of any instrument which, in the right hands, sounds more like a human voice then the erhu. The instrument shines more in Chinese music then Western, though it can be made to do both. We are lucky to be able to see and hear so many world class artist play this instrument on You Tube. I never actually seen one, but my impression is that the spacing is wide between notes, more like playing a large viola then a violin.
  13. Now for something completely different - Sun Huang's Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso played on the Chinese erhu.