The Violin Research Paper

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“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music”. Albert Einstein, not only a physicist but also a violinist said that quote. The violin is a classic instrument, along with the piano which are known as the fathers of classical music. The violin is one where it produces rich, classic, wonderful music. It’s unique sound and the way it entrances ones ear is hypnotic. The origins of the timeless violin are quite unknown but have been narrowed down to a time and place in history.
Like its predecessors but unlike its cousin the viol, the violin has a fretless fingerboard. Its strings are hitched to tuning pegs and to a tailpiece passing over a bridge held in place by the pressure of the strings. The bridge transmits the strings’ vibrations
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The term “violin” (from the Italian word violino) is derived from the word viola and had the general meaning “small stringed instrument” rather than “small viola”. The earliest surviving violins are those made by the Cremonese violin maker Andrea Amati (1500–1576) in the year 1542. They still have only three strings: G3, D4 and A4. It was probably not until after 1550 that Amati made the first violins with four strings. Andrea Amati was therefore in all likelihood the first instrument maker to produce instruments with those characteristics that justified the appellation…show more content…
The history of the violin bow is often neglected when it pertains to the development of the violin even though it is what gives the violin a voice. Through all of the horsehair and wood of the bow there were actually three developments before we reached the zenith of the modern bow; the Baroque violin bow, French Classical bow, and the Modern violin bow. The Baroque bow was a very important stepping stone into bow making and musical playing due to the alternations is produced to playing. The Baroque bow is an exceptionally large bow which paved way for adjusting the rest of the bow for perfect distribution of weight. Players would then use different grips which allowed the player to bow with greater sensitivity and modify the sound. The Classical bow is more known as the “transitional bow” because it was at this era were the drastic changes to it were made. John Dodd invented methods for making the wood of the bow stronger and Markneukirchen invented a piece of metal and placing it on the underside which relieved the bow of a weak point. At last the modern bow invented by Francois Tourte perfected the bow with mathematical accuracy. He applied complicated physics to the shape of his stick and used a specific wood that is unrivaled by anything to this day The bow became longer and stronger; its weight was changed, the center of gravity moved and the tension increased, which made more powerful strokes possible,
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