The violin is easily the most popular bowed string instrument across the world, and we’re really not all that surprised to see that the violin does in fact have a day dedicated to its existence. After all, everything from Western and Indian classical music to bluegrass and jazz would be unimaginable today without the violin. It’s quite possibly the most versatile instrument in the world in terms of repertoire, and that’s why there’s a Violin Day to celebrate it!
The violin itself evolved from medieval fiddles, and came into a distinct form by the 15th century (most violins today are copies after either Stradivarius or Amati, the latter being active as a violin maker in the 16th century), becoming the most popular virtuoso instrument in Europe by the 1660s. Today, the violin not only remains an indispensable feature of western classical music, but has found its way into various forms of classical and folk music around the world as well as various other genres. There are a lot of violinists and fiddle players throughout the world today, so it we can see why Violin Day caught on. In fact, the violin is present in the most prestigious musical groups in the world, including the Venetian Philharmonic Orchestra! Imagine an instrument with such humble beginnings becoming such an important mainstay of modern classical music.
The modern violin family includes not only the violin, but also the viola, the violoncello, and the double bass as well. So if you know any cellists or violists, today would also be a great day to listen to them play or to get them a gift.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(noun) A unit of capacity or volume in the apothecary system equal to one eighth of a fluid ounce.|
|Usage:||She measured out a drachm of the sweet-smelling elixir and administered it to the ailing child.|
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Idiom of the Day— A rhetorical question calling attention to a non-sequitur or irrelevant statement or suggestion made by another person.
Sir Francis Drake Begins Circumnavigation of the Globe (1577)
Drake, an English buccaneer and navigator, set out in 1577 with five ships to raid Spanish holdings on the Pacific coast of the New World. After abandoning two ships, he navigated the Straits of Magellan with the remaining three, becoming the first Englishman to do so. Another ship was destroyed in a storm, and a fourth returned to England, but Drake continued alone up the coast of S America, crossed the Pacific, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived in England in 1580.
Talcott Parsons (1902)
From 1927 until his retirement in 1974, Parsons, an American sociologist, trained three generations of students at Harvard University. He was known for his attempt to construct a single theoretical framework within which general and specific characteristics of societies could be systematically classified and was largely responsible for introducing the work of Émile Durkheim and Max Weber to American sociologists.
Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer LifeWomen who generally believe that good things will happen may live longer. That's the suggestion of a new study that seems to affirm the power of positive thinking.
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1769 - Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, received its charter.
1816 - John Adamson received a patent for a dry dock.
1884 - Percy Everitt received a patent for the first coin-operated weighing machine.
1918 - U.S. President Wilson arrived in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit a European country while holding office.
1928 - George Gershwin's musical work "An American in Paris" was premiered by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
1961 - The Beatles signed with manager Brian Epstein.
1966 - Jimi Hendrix released the single "Foxy Lady." The title was misprinted as "Foxey Lady" on the U.S. version of the album "Are You Experienced."
1989 - South African President F.W. de Klerk met for the first time with imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela, at de Klerk's office in Cape Town.
If You Were Born Today, December 13
Geminid Meteor Shower
Peak Date: December 13-14.
Pictures of the day
The European robin (Erithacus rubecula) is a small insectivorous passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family. Around 12.5–14.0 cm (5.0–5.5 in) in length, the male and female are similar in coloration, with an orange breast and face lined with gray, brown upper parts and a whitish belly. It is found across Europe, east to Western Siberia and south to North Africa; it is sedentary in most of its range except the far north.
Surreal photo manipulation by artist and photographer Dmitry Rogozhkin
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By Sumitra Despite being allergic to cats, David Teie has actually made it his life’s mission to make music for felines. In fact, he’s raised over $200,000 just to be able to fund his mission
If you’re wondering how music for cats is any different from human music, Teie explains that they’re worlds apart. “All of the music cats have ever heard was created by humans for humans from an age where they were worshipped as gods to a time where they were worshipped online,” he said in the opening of his Kickstarter video. “Cats have had to listen to music they often didn’t actually like. Until now.”
“This may sound like a gimmick, but it’s real,” he added. “When I invented species specific music in 2009, The New York Times called it the year’s number one idea. Making music for animals has become a mission for my life. I want to bring the beauty and comfort of music to as many species as possible.”
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