Monday, November 28, 2011

Scientists make "nearly exact copies" of Stradivarius Violin

Dr. Steven Sirr, part of a US-based group, has been able to make "nearly exact copies" of a 1704 Stradivarius violin, in this case, the one named "Betts." Using an X-ray scanner normally used to find cancer and injures, they scanned the violin to determine its exact dimensions. They then used a CNC machine to carve the shape out of wood and continued to assemble and varnish it by hand. "The copies are amazingly similar to originals in their sound quality," - Dr. Sirr

The whole article can be found HERE

The groups official press release can be found HERE

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gorgeous Photos of the Backun and MoBa Clarinets

The Backun Music Services Facebook Page has uploaded thirteen beautiful photos of their clarinets.

The full album can be found HERE.
The Backun Musical Services website can be found HERE.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Nielsen Clarinet Concerto: Cadenzas Sheet Music Download

Below are the two cadenzas from Carl Nielsen's clarinet concerto. The music below is compiled from the full-score, which can be downloaded as a free, public domain download from IMSLP. (click to enlarge)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

"Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo" - Shankar Tucker ft. Rohini Ravada

I wanted to share this video, another one of Shankar Tucker's amazing creations. Though the clarinet isn't as prominent as in the other video I posted, it still has a neat part. Even more beautiful, though, is this woman's singing as well as the lyrics. Also, check out his YouTube page, the Shrutibox, full of his incredible work.

I hope you enjoy "Aaj Janne Ki Zid Na Karo" featuring Rohini Ravanda on voice and Shankar Tucker on clarinet, keyboards, and tabla. (download audio HERE)

(Translation by Ayesha Kalijuvee)

Tonight, don’t insist on leaving
Sit here close to me
I will die 
I will be lost 
Don't say such things 
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving

Just ponder for a second
Why shouldn't I stop you? 
When my life leaves every time you go
I swear to you, my love  
Listen to my one request 
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving

Life is trapped in time's prison but 
These are the few moments that are free 
By losing them, my love 
Don't start a life of regret 
Tonight, don’t insist on leaving