The Most Relaxing Classical Music Featuring the Violin
Few instruments are more beautiful or versatile than the violin. Classical music played on the violin has been loved for centuries, admired by royalty, nobility and the common citizens alike throughout history. The violin can produce an exquisite range of sound, from soft and gentle to bright and vibrant. Listening to this beautiful classical music inspires, relaxes, clears the mind, and uplifts the soul.
Calm Radio’s classical music curation team has created an entire channel dedicated to the violin, to inspire creativity create relaxation and harmony within. We hope you enjoy it!
Here are some fascinating facts about the violin.
The violin emerged in 16th century Europe and has since claimed the hearts of many. So much wonderful music has been composed for the violin. It can have an extreme passionate human singing quality, or can play the fastest passages with ease.
Over 500 Years Old
The modern violin has been around for about 500 years and was first built in 1555 by Andrea Amati in Cremona, Italy, where he and his sons would apprentice some of the world’s finest luthiers, namely Antonio Stradivari. Cremona even today, still is the home of more violin makers than anywhere in the world.
Because there are so few original violins left, they fetch high prices. A Stradivarius violin was sold in 2011 for $15.9 million. In 2014, another Strad sold for $45 million. Of the 1,100 violins that Stradivari made, there are approximately 600 still in existence. Of that number, only 244 are accounted for.
The Art of Creation
The violin is made up of over 70 different pieces of wood and requires expert craftsmanship. Many have tried to imitate the sound of the original Stradivarius violins without much success. A combination of the wonderful sound, the ancient woods, the varnishes applied, and the original construction techniques are some of the reasons that Stradivarius, Amati and Guarneri violins are so prized even today.
The f-hole used to be an S-hole and a C-hole. In medieval times, the lowercase “f” actually sounded like an “s”. On the top of the violin are two f-holes used to transmit the sound from the violin’s body to the outside air. C-holes were typical of the violin’s predecessor called the Viola da Gamba, or viol.
Research has shown that violinists and other string players develop a larger brain. The complex motor skills required to play these instruments trains the brain from childhood, enhances neuroplasticity, improves memory, attention span, and raises IQ.
The world record for the fastest violin performance is held by Ben Lee in 2010. He played Flight of the Bumblebee in 58.515 seconds, which is about 15 notes per second.
Playing the violin burns approximately 170 calories per hour.
The four strings of the violin were first made from sheep gut, (commonly known as catgut), which was stretched, dried and twisted. Today, solid steel, wound steel over gut core, copper or plated silver and other synthetic strings are available.
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