The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, established in 1842, does not have a designated chief conductor. Instead, its players each take turns conducting. The Orchestra has been accused of being extremely conservative — it did not allow a female member to join until 1997. Today, it is more balanced concerning gender and plays with the polish and sheen that have characterized its performance for many years.

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra employs an uncommon tuning, and its members play instruments such as the clarinet made by the Öhler system, a special “Vienna” oboe, and the “Vienna” horn. The Orchestra performs its world-famous New Year’s Day concerts each year for millions of people around the world.

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Both instruments can be equally good if handmade with high-quality materials, well adjusted over time, and with the proper care from the musician. Instruments with high quality will have many features, but mainly:

High-quality wood

Violins with more uniform woods are generally of higher quality, while those with a few flaming variations in tone and color are usually less expensive.

The Luthier Skills

The Stradivarius violin tops the list of most valuable violins, but the individual luthier who crafted each instrument can also make or break an antique violin’s value.

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The music took a new direction starting in the 1930s and continuing into the post-World War II era. Olivier Messiaen was one of the first composers to bring together classical forms with new instruments such as the ondes martenot.

Composers such as John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich incorporated mathematical elements of chance into their compositions to create process music. John Cage had an important role. The American composer made in the 12-tone method of his teacher Schoenberg for a time, but by 1939 he had begun experimenting with increasingly unorthodox instruments such as the “prepared piano” (a piano modified by objects placed between its strings in order to produce percussive and otherworldly sound effects).

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Gobetti was probably taught the craft of violin making at home. After moving to Venice in 1699, he worked as a shoemaker. There is no evidence that he was employed at any of the important violin shops in Venice, but he probably created instruments until 1720, despite a sharp drop-off in 1717 due to illness.

Gobetti’s instruments reflect the influence of Matteo Goffriller, who was prominent in Venice at the time. But they also contain elements of Jacob Stainer and Antonio Stradivari, among others. Some may have been sold by Matteo Sellas beginning in 1717 alongside the works of his contemporaries Carlo Tononi and Pietro Guarneri.

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The concerto, which premiered in Leipzig on March 13, 1845, was written by Mendelssohn with violinist Ferdinand David in mind. The men had been good friends since they were teenagers. Although Mendelssohn had first mentioned writing a violin concerto in 1838, it was not completed until 1844. On the day of the premiere, David was the soloist; however, Mendelssohn was ill and unable to conduct his new work. His assistant conductor and composer Niels Gade led the orchestra instead.

The first movement, “Allegro molto appassionato,” is written in classic sonata form and has several thematic expositions. Rather than providing a final ending to the movement after the “Coda” (the part of a piece that comes after the main body of music), Mendelssohn has a single bassoon play a sustained tone as a bridge to the overall restful mood of the second movement.

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In 1675, he began making violins. As a result of the compositions of Venetian composers such as Vivaldi, there was a growing demand for instruments that could be played with a bow.

Once Kaiser was gone, the most famous maker in Venice emerged: Matteo Goffriller. Goffriller married Kaiser’s daughter, although it is unclear whether he learned the trade from Kaiser or whether he arrived in Venice already trained. Like his father-in-law before him, Goffriller made violins to order — if the customer was rich, he used high-quality wood and varnish, and if they were poor, he used lower-quality materials. He also made his instruments to order in terms of size. Goffriller’s business was very successful, and his instruments are prized by professionals and soloists.

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Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto is one of the sunniest compositions in the orchestra’s repertoire. Written in 1796, it was intended for his friend Anton Weidinger, a virtuoso performer and instrument maker who developed a keyed trumpet that could play chromatically across its entire range — a precursor to the modern valved version.

The concerto’s three movements share the liveliness, lyricism and brilliance one would expect of Haydn; his trumpet shining with a tone at its disposal, giving the performer a chance to show off both songful and brilliant qualities of the instrument.

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The Finest violins are marked by their incomparable elegance, sound, and characteristics. The selection of the materials and base is essential in violin-making, depending on the kind of wood the maker picks, he/she can achieve a different sound.

The choice of wood, for example, is based on its resonant qualities. Every time the bow touches a string, the entire instrument vibrates. Friends may tell you that as you play more and more concerts with your symphony, your violin will open up and “sound better,” — which is completely true. As the wood dries out over time, it gives a crystal clear sound to the violin.

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