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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Henry Mancini – The Man Who Brought Movies to Life with Music

Our latest episode of Viva Virtuoso was made unforgettable (there’s an Easter egg there for all you Nat King Cole fans) by sax master Chazzy Green. Out of almost three hours of phenomenal footage, we managed to cut the episode down to a full hour. The episode is live on our official YouTube channel, to which you should absolutely subscribe if you’d like to be notified when we release some of the bonus footage from the shoot. (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 Musical Picks of the Month October

Some 10,000 hours of video content is uploaded to YouTube every month. Obviously, the majority of that content isn’t original content created by the uploaders. Long story short – no one will ever be able to watch all of it and there’s hours of digging to be done to find genuine, interesting content.

One of the reasons that Viva Virtuoso was created on YouTube and for the platform’s global audience is that most of us on the creative team appreciate the mindboggling access to new, original content that YouTube has been offering us as viewers and listeners over the past decade. The platform is accessible to viewers and creators alike, and we’ve found plenty of our own new and old musical favorites on YouTube over the past several years. (more…)

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