December 2019

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Alberto Giordano and Rudolf Hopfner tell the fascinating story of the 1677 ‘Romanov’ Amati viola: once part of Russia’s Imperial Collection, the instrument displays features of both Nicolò and his son Girolamo II. We also take a look at the Royal Danish Orchestra’s fine instrument collection, and explore casting professional musicians in film and TV roles.

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1677 ‘ROMANOV’ NICOLÒ AMATI VIOLA: Alberto Giordano and Rudolf Hopfner examine a cut-down instrument that displays features of both the 81-year-old maker and his son, Girolamo Amati II

ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA: The oldest ensemble in Denmark has a distinct string sound – partly because of its unique collection of instruments. Andrew Mellor discovers its fascinating history

MUSICIANS ON SCREEN: It’s jarring when an extra on film or TV clearly doesn’t know how to play their instrument. Kathleen Ross explains why studios need to use professional musicians

REBECCA CLARKE RHAPSODY: The 1923 work for cello and piano was never performed in her lifetime and has only just been rediscovered. John York re-appraises the lost masterpiece

OUCHARD FAMILY BOWS: Thomas Martin, Andrew McGill, Martin Lawrence and George Martin examine three generations of the dynasty, by comparing their double bass bows

MANFRED HONECK: The music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony talks to Gavin Dixon about how his former career as a violist informs his vision of the orchestra’s sound

LIFE LESSONS: Looking ahead with young British cellist Laura van der Heijden

OPINION: Giving a constructive conclusion for a pupil who wants to end their music lessons

POSTCARD FROM KRZYŻOWA: The fifth anniversary of the Polish chamber music festival

IN FOCUS: An 1819 violin by by David Stirrat

TRADE SECRETS: Yann Poulain’s rigorous method for flattening planes for use in the workshop

MY SPACE: Polish luthier Honorata Stalmierska

MAKING MATTERS: How a viola da gamba that endured a ghastly accident was restored

MASTERCLASS: The first of two articles on Berg’s Violin Concerto, with Leila Josefowicz

TECHNIQUE: Wendy Max on teaching bowing and rhythm to young beginners

FROM THE ARCHIVE: From December 1909

SENTIMENTAL WORK: Linus Roth explains how he discovered Weinberg’s Violin Concerto

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Dimensions 21 x 30 x 0.5 cm
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