Today I learned about a 250 year old violin valued at $100k that was left at a bar by accident. The bar used it for a fiddle contest and the winner got to keep the violin. That winner pawned it for $600. The violin was then miraculously found abandoned in an alley and returned to its rightful owner. theglobeandmail.com/arts/…
Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata was first written for George Bridgetower. Following a successful premiere, it was rededicated to Rodolphe Kreutzer after George said something insulting to Beethoven. Kreutzer never played it because it was too hard, saying Beethoven didn't understand the violin classicfm.com/composers/b…
Back in February a woman played violin during brain surgery so the surgeons could observe the parts of her brain she used to do so and avoid damaging her ability to play cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
Nero never fiddled while Rome burned, because there were no fiddles in Rome. Violins were not invented until some 1400 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ner…
A ban on 190-proof grain alcohol most affected violin makers, who use the product to create varnishes used in making and restoring their instruments fredericknewspost.com/mar…
Today I learned of Carl Unthan (1848-1929), a Prussian violinist who was born without arms. At the age of 10, he taught himself to play the violin by strapping it to a stool. If he broke a string- he replaced it and tuned it using only his toes. He was also a skilled marksman, operating a rifle with his feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Stradivarius, of violin fame, also made guitars. While there are hundreds of Stradivarius violins, there's only one remaining playable Stradivarius guitar left in the world. guitarworld.com/gear/forg…
Charlie Chaplain composed the music for almost all of his films and played the Piano, Violin and Cello, despite not knowing how to read sheet music en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
For the production of 'Master and Commander', Russell Crowe personally bought the violin his character plays in the film as the budget couldn't spare the expense. He later then sold the violin at auction in 2018 for $104,000. theviolinchannel.com/acto…
Rednex's album Sex & Violins, best known for the hit single "Cotton Eye Joe", has a track with a 52-word title en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
Violinist Joshua Bell, sat at a metro station in Washington DC and played a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes, and collected $32 from people passing by. snopes.com/fact-check/bel…
Today I learned of the Nazi Spy in Manhattan who got away in 1935. At Pier 86 in New York City, an Abwehr (German military intelligence) agent with the alias William Lonkowski attempted to pass secrets via a violin case and although found with the documents he was let go because Germany wasn't at war with USA. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
Today I learned of David Garrett, a musician who, after finally making the last payment on a $1.2 million Guadagnini violin, slipped down a stairwell and accidentally crushed his treasured instrument. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
The Tarzan yell contains the voice of an opera singer, the growl of a dog, a soprano, a violin and the howl of a hyena. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
NiccolΓ² Paganini was so talented at violin that people believed he had sold his soul to the devil. This idea was believed so intently that after Paganini died in 1840, priests refused to bury his body near a Church. jbonamassa.com/musicians-…
There is a common misconception that violin snares would be made of cat intestines, due to the fact that the sheep's intestines (cattle gut) that were actually used a long time ago got abbreviated to "catgut". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Larry Fine of the Three Stooges burned his arm with acid as a child. His parents gave him violin lessons to strengthen the damaged nerves. He became so proficient on the violin that his parents planned to send him to a European music conservatory but the plan was thwarted by World War I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Violinists are completely holding the violin with their head and shoulder and just uses their hand for balance violinonline.com/howtohol…
In a double-blind study, involving both new and Stradivari, expert violinists preferred new violins, voted the Strads the worst sounding and could not tell if their preferred violin was new or antique pnas.org/content/109/3/76…
Supposedly the Violin Sonata in G minor (Devil's Trill Sonata) was made by Giuseppe Tartini in an attempt to recreate a song the Devil had played to him in a dream. youtu.be/z7rxl5KsPjs
Lindsey Stirling was told on national TV that she was ultimately unmarketable, and that her violin and dance routine couldn't fill a theater in Vegas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Modern violins were preferred over million-dollar Stradivarius violins when the sound tests were blind sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Tree sap has many uses in the modern world including an ingredient in printing inks, photocopying and laser printing paper, soldering fluxes, pharmaceuticals, lens manufacturing, violin bow treatment, soft drink emulsifiers, and many more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
There are more Stradivarius violins around today than there are pre-WW2 television sets. historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhi…
In order to survive, violin genius Paganini had to give music lessons to Napoleon's brother - in -law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Niccolo Paganini, thought by many to be the greatest Violin Virtuoso of all time, was so incredibly good that many thought he was the Son of the Devil or he had sold his soul for his talent. He was even forced once to publish letters from his Mother to prove he had human parents. guitarramagazine.com/Nico…
Albert Einstein was also a gifted musician, playing both the piano and violin with exceptional skill. He once said: "The greatest scientists are artists as well." psychologytoday.com/blog/…
AndrΓ© Rieu plays a 1667 Stradivarius Violin - still the instrument of choice 350 years after manufacture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Actor Ken Jeong graduated high school at 16, was Greensboro Youth of the Year, plays the violin, got a medical degree at UNC, and was a general practitioner for 9 years before leaving his clinic to become an actor greensboro.com/blogs/gotr…
Aniline dye, p-adic number, pegionhole principle, Cauchy-Schwarz inequality and the immortal Violin Concerto No.2 Op.61 in E minor, along with many mathematical theorems and musical pieces, are all related to one family: Mendelssohn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
The violin played on the Titanic by Wallace Hartley was found and is now considered to be one of the most well preserved artifacts of the ships sinking. telegraph.co.uk/history/9…
Stradivarius violins can't be distinguished from other top-quality violins in blind tests en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Niccolo Paganini, regarded by many people to be the greatest Violin Virtuoso ever, was so good that he was thought to be the son of the Devil or to have sold his soul for his talent. Therefore he was forced to publish his mother's letters to him in order to prove that he had human parents. guitarramagazine.com/Nico…
Today I learned of the Violins of Hope. A organization that finds and restores violins owned by Jews during the Holocaust. They are used for performances around the world to " make their voices heard." npr.org/2012/04/15/150645…
When 21 experienced violinists were asked to compare new and old violins in a double-blind test, the least preferred was a Stradivarius. pnas.org/content/109/3/76…
Today I learned about Billy West, a Charlie Chaplin impersonator who movie studios used when the real Chaplin started to slow his output and demand for his movies stood high. West would often make a comedy movie every other week, and learned to play the violin left-handed to emulate Chaplin more. partisanmagazine.com/blog…
Niccolo Paganini, thought by many to be the greatest Violin Virtuoso of all time, was so incredibly good that many thought he was the Son of the Devil or had sold his soul for his talent. Once, he was forced to publish letters from his Mother to prove he had human parents. guitarramagazine.com/Nico…
In 1936 a rare million-dollar Stradivarius violin got stolen from virtuoso Hall Huberman. The thief, a cafΓ© musician named Julian Altman, became famous and performed for presidents. 49 years after the theft, he confessed to the theft on his deathbed and his wife received $263k finder’s fee. nytimes.com/1996/11/06/ny…
Fiddle and violin are the same instrument. The difference is in how they're played En.wikipedia.org/wiki/fid…
In 2007 Joshua Bell pretend to be a street violinist and everyone ignored him.Just two days earlier he played in a sold out theater with each seat costing $100. The violin he used on the street was worth 3.5 million dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The Fiddle and the Violin are the exact same instrument. The difference is the type of music you play with one or the other. stringsmagazine.com/learn…
Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-99) was among the earliest known black composers of "western" music dubbed "the black Mozart." He was also a champion fencer and taught Marie Antoinette how to play the violin. theguardian.com/music/mus…
A man who entertained at restaurants played a stolen Stradivarius violin for over 50 years before confessing its true value to his wife on his deathbed nytimes.com/1987/05/14/ny…
In 1713, Giuseppe Tartini dreamt that he had sold his soul to the devil. In the dream the devil played a masterful sonata. When Tartini woke up, he composed Violin Sonata in G minor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Violin bows are made from horse hair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bow…
Niccolo Paganini, thought by many to be the greatest Violin Virtuoso of all time, was so incredibly good that many thought he was the Son of the Devil or he had sold his soul for his talent. He was even forced once to publish letters from his Mother to prove he had human parents. guitarramagazine.com/Nico…
A Violin played as Titanic sank sold for $1.7 million in 2013. cnn.com/2013/10/19/world/…
Joseph Haydn, a classical music composer, wrote a musical piece in which the musicians gradually leave the stage until 2 violins are left in the end youtu.be/guFtLJjRuz4?t=21…
An increasingly common method for Brain Surgeons to ensure that a semi-conscious patient is OK during surgery is to have them play a musical instrument or sing during the procedure. Various patients have played saxophone, guitar, banjo, violin, and even sung opera while under the knife. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In 2013, Wallace Hartley's violin was confirmed found in a British man's attic and was eventually sold at an auction for $1.7 million. Hartley is famous for leading the eight member band as the Titanic sank on 15 April 1912. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Violins have f-shaped holes because it makes them more acoustically powerful than their ancestors, which had holes shaped liked a circle. boingboing.net/2015/03/09…
A talented violinist once stole a violin worth millions and was never caught, despite playing it in public frequently and being the main suspect of the crime. losangeles.cbslocal.com/2…
There is a violin made out of stone that is fully playable en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Three words in English use 'w' as a vowel: cwm, a hollow in a mountain; crwth, an instrument similar to a violin; and cwtch, a hiding place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Jack Benny, the famous comedian and vaudevillian, learned to play the violin from Otto Graham Sr., the father of legendary quarterback Otto Graham Jr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
A study where stradivaris and new violins were blind-tested has shown that most people prefer the sound of the newer instruments pnas.org/content/early/20…
: The first recorded inventor of roller skates, Joseph Merlin, wore his invention to a masquerade party. In an attempt to make a grand entrance, he rolled in while playing the violin, but ended up crashing into an expensive wall-length mirror. skatehereford.co.uk/histo…
Acme City whistle founder Joseph Hudson accidentally dropped his violin and it shattered on the floor. As the violin broke, it emitted a unique warbling sound and led him to an idea to putting a pea in a whistle. Pea whistles went on to replace policemen’s ineffective rattles for communicating. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
In a 2014 study in Paris, top violinists could not distinguish a Stradivarius from a new violin thestrad.com/cpt-latests/…
Sporting goods company Wilson was started in 1913 as a way to use animal by-products from New York slaughterhouses. Its first products were strings for tennis rackets and violins en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Two comprehensive studies have shown even the must astute violin players choose the sound from even brand new violins over Stradivarius violins, despite the widely held belief Stradivarius violins are vastly superior, costing several millions of dollars and being hundreds of years old. phenomena.nationalgeograp…
David McCallum's father, a concert violinist, suggested to Jimmy Page that he use a violin bow on his guitar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Thomas Jefferson had a Mockingbird named Dick that he would sing duets with, play violin with while the bird would sing, and even have the bird sing him to sleep on the couch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
Famous Nation of Islam leader and accused anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan, appeared under his birth name [Wolcott] and played the violin on a 1949 TV talent show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The "sound hole" in a violin is called an "F-hole" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Tartini wrote his Sonata in G Minor because of a dream he had in which the Devil played to him in exchange for his soul; β€œI immediately grasped my violin in order to retain the music of my dream. The piece I composed is indeed the best that I ever wrote, and I still call it the "Devil's Trill.” laphil.com/philpedia/musi…
Musicians need to "play-in" a violin to ease its harshness, before it's used in a performance. Musical vibrations alter the structure of cellulose molecules in the wood, and change the internal resonances of the body aes.org/e-lib/browse.cfm?…
Studies have shown that Stradivarius violins are no better than the best modern ones. phenomena.nationalgeograp…
Ed Sheeran wrote and recorded most of "I See Fire" for The Hobbit the same day he screened the film, learning violin in the process en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I…
Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Star Trek, MI:III) is good friends with Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, and performed as a violin-playing Elvis impersonator in the music video for Coldplay's 2010 single 'Christmas Lights' (he is the middle one). youtu.be/xG1X_b1asF0?t=3m…
The worlds most expensive violin whose nickname is The Vieuxtemps Guarneri, is named for one of its owners, Belgian 19th century violinist Henri Vieuxtemps and sold for $16 million dollars. It is currently on lone to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life. consordini.com/the-worlds…
Most likely, the reason Stradivarius violins are awesome is because of climate change. The wood used in them is denser than most, because it was grown during the "Little Ice Age," which caused trees to grow more slowly than typical. us1.campaign-archive1.com…
A music critic in Berlin, thinking Einstein was famous for his violin playing rather than physics, judged that "Einstein's playing is excellent, but he does not deserve world fame; there are many others just as good." en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Alb…
The violins in the theme for the TV series Inspector Morse spelled out MORSE in morse code, as well as sometimes giving clues or even the murderers name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ins…
The mandola is to the mandolin what the viola is to the violin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The first music video was filmed in 1894. Filmed in Thomas Edison's New Jersey film studio, it features a man playing violin while two men dance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
BedΕ™ich Smetana suffered from Tinnitus and used the tipical sound that people suffering this disease constantly hears in one of his compositions, with a really high pitched violin, and it's pretty damn accurate youtu.be/mwn-o5XiqtE?t=3m…
The Hollywood trope of a gangster carrying a gun in a violin case actually happened archives.chicagotribune.c…
Today I learned of the Stroh Violin, a violin with a brass horn used to amplify the sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Charlie Daniels objected to the Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock version of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" (which replaced the violin parts with guitar parts) on the grounds that the devil often wins the contest, which he referred to as "violating the very essence of the song". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There was a person who could play the theremin as beautifully as a violin. youtube.com/watch?v=HSBRe…
John Joseph Merlin, the inventor of roller skates, once wore a pair to a masquerade, before injuring himself by crashing into an expensive mirror. The violin he was carrying with him was smashed to pieces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The fiddle and the violin are the exact same instrument. The style in which you play it determines what you call it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Beethoven actually played the violin before the piano. classicfm.com/composers/b…
An artist carved a black violin (Blackbird) from his grandfather's headstone (diabase), and used mammoth ivory for the bridge, gold leaf for the interior, Harjedalan (black) rock for the back plate, and ebony for the rest. It took him 2 years to make and weighs 2 kilograms. gulfnews.com/life-style/p…
Mark Landry, a homeless man, has been playing his violin for commuters for years, until someone stole it from him. The city's orchestra learnt of his story from social media and gave him back his music hours later. washingtonpost.com/news/m…
Sunspots (or lack thereof) are the reason for the excellence of Stradivarius violins. spaceplace.nasa.gov/violi…
Wilhelm Canaris, Chief of German Military Intelligence during WWII, was executed in 1945 by being garroted with a violin string "a grotesque ordeal that lasted half an hour" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Most professional violinists cannot tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a newer violin. nytimes.com/2014/04/08/sc…
It only took the FBI nine days to find the thief who stole a $5,000,000 Stradivarius violin from the Milwaukee Orchestra concertmaster. The FBI traced the taser used in the robbery and found the crime was committed by a man named Universal Knowledge Allah. fbi.gov/news/stories/2015…
The German expression for "dickhead" literally translates as "ass violin". youswear.com/index.asp?la…
A world renowned violinist, dressed in disguise, played a concert on a 3 million dollar violin in a crowded metro station as an experiment, and hardly anyone noticed. youtube.com/watch?v=UM21g…
PayPal made eBay customer destroy his $2,500 violin and gave the owner nothing cbsnews.com/news/paypal-m…
There is a playable violin make of black stone, called the Blackbird. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Treatment with fungi makes a modern violin sound like a Stradivarius sciencedaily.com/releases…
At 4 years old, violin superstar Joshua Bell used to string rubber bands across his dresser, move the drawers in and out to vary pitch, and would then replicate classical music tunes by ear. wapo.st/1riCfjT
Violinists have been unable to distinguish new violins from praised Stradivarius ones blogs.discovermagazine.co…
In his teens, Gandhi went to school in Europe and would spend hours practicing his speech, dancing, playing violin, and had his clothes custom made in order to "become a gentlemen" in English society. mkgandhi.org/intro_autobi…
In addition to violins, Stradivarius made guitars, only one of which is playable today guitarworld.com/gear-acou…
Most Violinists can't even tell the difference between Stradivarius violins and new ones blogs.discovermagazine.co…

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