Microbadge - Violin fan

Creator
Dianna
United States
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Name Violin fan
Group Music Violin fan
Num Owners 34
Purchase this Microbadge
Description

The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest, highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which includes the viola and cello.

The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word violin comes from the Middle Latin word vitula, meaning stringed instrument; this word is also believed to be the source of the Germanic "fiddle". The violin, while it has ancient origins, acquired most of its modern characteristics in 16th-century Italy, with some further modifications occurring in the 18th and 19th centuries. Violinists and collectors particularly prize the instruments made by the Gasparo da Salò, Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati families from the 16th to the 18th century in Brescia and Cremona and by Jacob Stainer in Austria. Great numbers of instruments have come from the hands of "lesser" makers, as well as still greater numbers of mass-produced commercial "trade violins" coming from cottage industries in places such as Saxony, Bohemia, and Mirecourt. Many of these trade instruments were formerly sold by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and other mass merchandisers.

The earliest stringed instruments were mostly plucked (e.g. the Greek lyre). Bowed instruments may have originated in the equestrian cultures of Central Asia, an example being the Kobyz or kyl-kobyz is an ancient Turkic, Kazakh string instrument or Mongolian instrument Morin huur. The modern European violin evolved from various bowed stringed instruments from the Middle East the Byzantine Empire.

Since the Baroque era, the violin has been one of the most important of all instruments in classical music, for several reasons. The tone of the violin stands out above other instruments, making it appropriate for playing a melody line. In the hands of a good player, the violin is extremely agile, and can execute rapid and difficult sequences of notes.

The earliest references to jazz performance using the violin as a solo instrument are documented during the first decades of the 20th century. Joe Venuti, one of the first jazz violinists, is known for his work with guitarist Eddie Lang during the 1920s. Since that time there have been many improvising violinists including Stéphane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, Regina Carter, Johnny Frigo, John Blake and Jean-Luc Ponty. While not primarily jazz violinists, Darol Anger and Mark O'Connor have spent significant parts of their careers playing jazz.

Up to the 1970s, most types of popular music used bowed strings. They were extensively used in popular music throughout the 1920s and early 1930s. There was a drastic decline in their use with the rise of swing music in 1935 as the string sound was deemed inappropriate to the improvised style of swing music. The late 1960s saw a revival of the use of strings with the rise of soul music. Popular Motown recordings of the late 1960s and 1970s relied heavily on strings as part of their trademark texture. The rise of disco music in the 1970s continued this trend with the heavy use of string instruments in popular disco orchestras (e.g. Love Unlimited Orchestra, Biddu Orchestra, Monster Orchestra, Salsoul Orchestra, MFSB, etc.).

The rise of electronically created music in the 1980s saw a decline in their use, as synthesized string sections took their place. However, while the violin has very little usage in rock music, it has some history in progressive rock (e.g., The Electric Light Orchestra, King Crimson, Kansas). The 1973 album Contaminazione by Italy's RDM plays violins off against synthesizers at its finale ("La grande fuga").

Source: Wikipedia, "Violin", available under the CC-BY-SA License.

All Related Badges

Name Owners Show
Violin fan 34 [Show Owners]
Violin player 57 [Show Owners]
Related Owners (89)
Sort: Recent | User
  Pg. 1   [»]
Brendan Flood
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Brian Mattick
United States
Dallas
Unspecified
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmb
Michael Washburn
United States
Centerville
Ohio
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
CM Amidon
United States
International Falls
Minnesota
flag msg tools
GO CRAWL IN A CAVE! When not playing games.
mbmbmbmbmb
chris carleton
Canada
bon accord
Alberta
flag msg tools
Hey!
badge
What're you looking at!
mbmbmbmbmb
Stephan Rothschuh
Germany
Munich
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Ariel
Chile
Viña del Mar
V. Región
flag msg tools
If a game needs it, I am forced to create and implement some variants.
mbmbmbmbmb
Chee Sing Lee
United States
Corvallis
OR Oregon
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Daniel Knaack
United States
Spokane
Washington
flag msg tools
RIP Razieh; 25 March 2000 - 13 January 2012. We love you & miss you.
mbmbmbmbmb
Adam Slape
United States
Collinsville
Illinois
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Clark Carruth
United States
Evanston
Illinois
flag msg tools
mbmb
Jon Delos Santos
Canada
Mississauga
Ontario
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Dindareanu Mihai Alin
msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Alfonso Velasco
Spain
Madrid
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Jacob Rooney
msg tools
mb
Dan M
United States
Pleasant Hill
Missouri
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Mark Mokszycki
United States
Snohomish
Washington
flag msg tools
designer
mbmbmbmbmb
Alejandro Sanz Dolado
Spain
Zaragoza
Unspecified
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Elias Gannage
United States
Templeton
CA
flag msg tools
designer
Rory Rocks!
mbmbmbmbmb
Elin Korneliussen
Norway
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Enzo Baldanza
United States
Florida
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Percy Wong
United States
Princeton
New Jersey
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Greg Austin
United States
Wisconsin
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
fin coe
United States
Chicago
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Felipe Dias
Brazil
São Paulo
SP
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Kristen Burk
United States
Glen Ellyn
Illinois
flag msg tools
mbmbmb
Forbidding
United States
flag msg tools
Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to. –Alfred A. Montapert
badge
These computers on our desks are turning into portals to other realms of existence…realms that will one day be preferred to earth. –Edward Castronova
mbmbmbmbmb
The game is afoot.
United States
Texas
flag msg tools
mb
roy headlee
United States
Mustang
Oklahoma
flag msg tools
KNEEL BEFORE ZOD !!!
badge
100 geek gold and this is all I get? :p
mbmbmbmbmb
Gryps
Greece
flag msg tools
Really slow painter...
badge
Gryphus Graecus
mbmbmbmbmb
Franz Schubert
Germany
Dresden
flag msg tools
mbmbmb
Imyra Souza
Brazil
São Carlos
São Paulo
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Ingmar Hauge
Norway
Norway
flag msg tools
It's cold outside. There's no kind of atmosphere. I'm all alone. More or less. Let me fly. Far away from here. Fun fun fun. In the sun sun sun...
badge
Dwayne Dibley - The prince of Dork
mbmbmbmbmb
Yu-Tung Lin
Taiwan
Fresh Meadows
New York
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Jason T
Australia
Northcote
Vic
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Jim McIntyre

Maryland
msg tools
mb
Scott S.
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Jeremy Smith
United States
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Kevin Iacoucci
Canada
Burlington
Ontario
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Keefe Pang
Singapore
Singapore
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Karl Rainer
Canada
Nanaimo
BC
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Brenden
Canada
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Mike
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
flag msg tools
One of Many Mikes
badge
Ribbit..?
mbmbmbmbmb
Kennan Ward
United States
California
flag msg tools
Angry Joe Show Army
badge
"We were fighting like men"
mbmbmbmbmb
Larry Kopenkoskey
United States
Caledonia
Michigan
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Derek Hatfield
Canada
flag msg tools
Lucas Barbalho
Brazil
Fortaleza
Ceará
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Krzysztof Dabrowski
United Kingdom
Hove
East Sussex
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.