The Story of the Rossini Crescendo

“Give me the laundress’ bill and I will even set that to music.” – Gioachino Antonio Rossini

Among the many composers and musicians who have left their infallible mark in music, the Rossini crescendo (or Rossini Rocket) has certainly left its mark. This particular sound was originally created by several musical devices, playing together to create a natural crescendo in the music. The Rossini Rocket is a true homage to its creator and remains representative of the temperament of Italian music and culture. (more…)

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The Devil’s Violinist and His One String
Nicolo Paganini, by Richard James Lane (died 1872), published 1831. See source website for additional information. This set of images was gathered by User:Dcoetzee from the National Portrait Gallery.

The Devil’s Violinist and His One String

Nineteenth century composer and violinist Niccolò Paganini remains one of the most influential composers and musicians in history. Paganini was more ‘fondly’ known as the ‘Devil’s violinist’, for both his uniquely brilliant skills and his appearance. (more…)

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Viva Virtuoso YouTube Picks of the Month November

With the second episode of Viva Virtuoso under our belts, it’s safe to say that we’re all enjoying the experience of creating a variety show web series. Sure, none of us were entirely clear on the hours and hours of work producing the show would involve until we were neck deep in the process. But that hasn’t scared us away. If anything, it has only made us appreciate other musical content that various creators offer up online – and free of charge.

Today, we’re recommending a few more of our favorite YouTube channels, perhaps a little more grateful for the effort put into them than we were before. Though Viva Virtuoso’s production team is in no way affiliated with these channels, we invite you to follow them and on a regular basis. Well worth your time, if you’re into classical masterpieces and all that jazz.

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