NATIONAL VIOLIN DAY
Observed annually on December 13, National Violin Day honors that bowed string instrument, which is also known as the fiddle.
Through a variety of techniques, a violinist produces music from the violin. By drawing the bow across the strings, the violinist manipulates the sound in several ways providing a broad range of music. Violinists have demonstrated over the generations the versatility of the violin by the extensive use in many genres such as baroque music, classical, jazz, folk music, rock and roll and soft rock.
“Violin” comes from the Medieval Latin work “vitula” which means stringed instrument.
Although having ancient origins, the violin got most of its modern characteristics in Italy during the 16th century with further modifications in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The person who makes or repairs violins is called a luthier.
It is believed that Turkic and Mongolian horseman from Inner Asia were the world’s earliest fiddlers. Their two-stringed upright fiddles were strung with horsehair strings. They played them with horsehair bows and often featured a carved horse’s head at the end of the neck. The violins that we play today, (also the violas and cellos) and whose bows are still strung with horsehair, are a legacy of the nomads.
- It is supposed that the oldest documented four string violin, like the modern violins, was constructed by Andrea Amati in 1555.
- The record dollar amount paid for a Stradivari violin, when the “Lady Blunt” was sold on an online auction on June 20, 2011, was $15.9 million.
- Violins made by Stradivari are one of the most sought-after instruments by both collectors and musicians alike.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Listen to some violin music and use #NationalViolinDay to post on social media.
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