An Exploration of Music

These are meant to be viewed 1 per week, but I can’t stop you from watching them all in one go. Videos are chosen to introduce you to the violin, viola, various other instruments, and the many different styles of music played on them.

Hillary Hahn Bach Chaconne

Soloist: Hillary Hahn Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach Piece: Chaconne, Partita No. 2 in D The Chaconne from Partita No. 2 by Bach is one of the most beautiful and hardest pieces for solo violin. The piece was composed in 1723, during the Baroque period of music.

Youtube Violinists

Performer: Taylor Davis Composer: Disney Piece: How Far I'll GoThere is a lot of music to play on the violin and not all of it is hard. There is a lot of enjoyable music that is also easy to play.Performer: Jeffrey He Composer: John Williams Piece: Star Wars, The...

Stephane Grapelli

Performers: Stephane Grapelli & Django Reinhardt Composer: (unknown) Piece: J'attendrai SwingIn the early 1930's, before World War II broke out in Europe, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli found each other, and the world of Jazz would never be the same....

Viola Introduction

Soloist: Lech Antonio Uszynski Composer: Johan Sebastian Bach Piece: Toccata and Fugue in D MinorMuch attention is given to the violin as a solo instrument. However, the viola is just as capable to stand on its own. Here is a version of Bach's Toccata and Fugue,...

Sheku and Elgar

Soloist: Sheku Kanneh-Mason Composer: Edward Elgar Piece: Cello ConcertoWow, those big, resonate opening chords. Elgar's Cello Concerto (1919) is a standard for cello soloists. As for Sheku, well, he speaks for himself.

Lindsey Sterling

Performer: Lindsey Sterling Composer: Lindsey Sterling Piece: CrystalizeLindsey Sterling, the original dancing violinist! At 240 million views, Crystalize is the song that made her a household name through YouTube.Performer: Lindsey Sterling Composer: Lindsey Sterling...

Erhu – Chinese Fiddle

Performer: Song Fei Composer: Unknown Piece: River of SorrowNo list of videos exploring the violin is complete without an introduction to the 'Chinese Fiddle', the erhu. The erhu is played using something like a violin bow, but the bow is threaded between the two...

Wagner Ride of the Valkyries

Orchestra: Unknown Composer: Richard Wagner (pronounced 'Vag-ner') Piece: Ride of the Valkyries, Act III of Die WalkureYou've heard it a million times before, the epic of all epicness in movies and TV commercials. Now you know who wrote it and what it is called. 'Ride...

A Taste of Celtic Fiddle

Performers: Anonymous Composer: Unknown Songs: The Morning Dew / Cooley's Reel / The Wise MaidCeltic music is a significant genre for the violin, dating back hundreds of years. It is often marked by upbeat tunes in major keys with lots of fast notes. Celtic music...

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