Juilliard School Opens Campus in China

(Originally posted here:   http://www.allthingsstrings.com/News/News/Juilliard-School-Opens-Campus-in-China )

The Juilliard School has announced it will open a campus in China, the Tianjin Juilliard School, in 2018.

The campus, which will be Juilliard’s first campus outside of its historic New York grounds, will be the first performing-arts institution in China to offer a US-accredited master’s degree.

“I believe that maintaining Juilliard’s prominence in the global performing-arts landscape will depend on a robust series of programs to engage with a wide range of learners in different parts of the world,”Joseph W. Polisi, Juilliard’s president, said in a statement. “Together with the roots we will build in Tianjin, our educational apps for the consumer market, our program for primary and secondary school students, and future digital products are all part of this strategy.”

The Tianjin Juilliard School, which will be designed by the same firm responsible for Juilliard’s expansion in New York from 2006-09, will offer a range of classes and lessons for all ages and skill levels. Its master of music degree program will offer studies in orchestral performance, chamber-music performance, and collaborative piano. The school will also offer a pre-college program, an instrumental training program, adult education, and public performances and exhibits.

Portrait cut in two halves, or what separated Frederic Chopin and George Sand

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Modern hypothetical reconstruction of the painting, based on the circa 1838preliminary sketch of Eugene Delacroix’s joint portrait of Frédéric Chopin and George Sand.


The double portrait showed composer Frédéric Chopin playing piano while writer George Sand sits to his left, listening and sewing (a favorite activity of hers). The sitters were lovers at the time, and both were close friends of the artist.

The portrait remained in Delacroix’s studio until his death. Shortly afterward, it was cut into two separate works, both of which are tightly focused. Chopin’s portrait comprises only a head shot, while Sand’s shows her upper body but is narrowly cut. This led to the loss of large areas of the original canvas. The reason for the divide is likely the then-owner’s belief that two paintings would sell for a higher price than one [?].

Today Chopin’s portrait is housed at the Louvre in Paris, while Sand’s hangs at Copenhagen’s Ordrupgaard Museum

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The double portrait showed Chopin playing piano while Sand sat and listened. Little is known of the painting’s origin or the circumstances of its execution. It is not known whether it was a commission or intended as a gift to the composer. It is known that Delacroix borrowed a piano so that the work could be painted in his studio. The double portrait was not finished, and ironically one of the elements that was not painted was the piano.

Bow Hair Care Tips

(Originally posted here:   http://www.allthingsstrings.com/Bows/CARE-MAINTENANCE/Bow-Hair-Care-Tips   )


The everyday basics of bow care could be reduced to three simple rules: be careful where you set it down, keep it clean, and loosen the hair when you’re not playing. Developing good bow-care habits, plus an occasional examination for wear and tear, should keep your stick in good working order for a long time. Don’t overlook hair care. When tightening and loosening the bowhair, hold the bow with your thumb firmly across the pearl slide while turning the button. This hold reinforces the proper relationship between the frog and stick, reducing wear on the eyelet and the stick.

Simply put, the bow is a stick that holds hair under tension. If you look at the bow from the side, you see a long, gradual curve with the low point roughly near the middle and the high point being the head and frog at each end. That curve is called the camber. It will look slightly different on every bow. As you tighten the bow, the hair moves away from the stick, pulling that curve a little straighter. The camber returns to its relaxed shape as you loosen the hair. Watch as you loosen the hair and you’ll learn to see when all the tension has left the stick. Stop loosening there; the hair shouldn’t be flopping around.

Effects of Heat & Humidity

Always remember to loosen the hair when you’re done. Constant tension will, eventually, pull the camber out of the stick—the bow may seem like it’s lost something in tone or feel. It is possible to have a bow re-cambered by heating the stick and bending it, but this is a delicate and potentially dangerous operation. The heated bow can break, no matter how experienced the bow maker doing the job and the feel may change after re-cambering.

Changes in humidity can play havoc with your bow hair. In fact, your shop may ask where you live or if you will be traveling to another climate when you bring it in for a rehair. They’re not being nosy! Hair that is the perfect length in temperate Seattle, in the western part of Washington, can become short enough to pull the head off if taken to arid Spokane, in the eastern side of the state. Or the same rehair could be too long to tighten the bow during an Alabama summer. This can be a problem especially with string students who get a rehair from their home shop and then take it back to college or summer camp in a different climate.

When the hair seems to lose its grip, becomes too stretched out, or loses too many hairs, especially on one side, it’s time for a rehair. Losing hairs on one side of the stick pulls unevenly on the stick, eventually warping the bow. The straightening requires heating the bow, just like re-cambering.

Broken Hairs are Trying to Tell You Something

If you’re breaking hairs constantly, it means that something about the player-bow-instrument combination isn’t working together. It may be time to consider a different bow, start looking for an instrument that gives you the sound you’re striving for, or to examine your technique.

When you take the bow in for a rehair, the shop will probably examine the bow with you in person to detect any faults that may create a problem during rehairing and to make a note of any pre-existing damage. The repair person may point out a worn thumb leather, a worn eyelet, or other maintenance issues. Have these problems taken care of promptly: they can lead to more serious (and expensive) problems. The luthiers typically do this inspection to protect themselves from liability, but it is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and learn what the experts see when they look at a bow.

It will help you maintain this bow properly and you’ll learn what to look for when it’s time to shop for another bow.

Benedict Cumberbatch get into character as fearsome Smaug the dragon

Ahead of the release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, Warner Bros. has released video showing the 38-year-old actor immersing himself into the role. To prepare for the role, Cumberbatch told Los Angeles Times last year he went to the London Zoo to study animals including lizards.

To get into the role, little motion capture tracking dots were placed onto Cumberbatch’s face. He was fitted with a helmet that has a little camera attached to capture his every facial movement.

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“I absolutely loved it after a minute of stepping on and feeling completely like a nob,” said Cumberbatch. “Once you get over that bit of self-consciousness, it’s so freeing. I just played like a kid in a bedroom, just imagining this thing, which is great.”


Did Cro-Magnons invented the cinematography?

Distant precursor of the cinematography was a simple toy called taumatotropom. It is believed that it was invented by the famous English physicist and astronomer John Herschel. In 1825 he argued with his friend, the mathematician Charles Babbage that he will be able to simultaneously show both sides of the gold coin, with no aid of a mirror. And he won the dispute. Herschel Babbage asked to put a coin on the level of eyes of and spinned the coin. Because of the inertia of visual perception, coat of arms merged with the profile of the Queen’s on the other side of the coin. Herschel did not pay attention to the ingenious trick, and the next year other people have patented a toy – a disk with two different images on its sides. When the disc is rotated quickly on threads inserted into the holes, the two images are merged, creating the illusion of movement. For example, the figure jumping frog, because on one side of the disc it is painted seated, and on the other – hanging in the air with outstretched paws.

But recently French archaeologists Marc Azema and Florent River found bone disks with a hole in the middle and animal prints on both sides in caves in southwestern France. Drawn same animal, but with legs in different positions. If you thread the string through the hole and rotate the disc, we will see a running animal. These findings about 15 thousand years.




In addition, Azem and River found an ancient animal wall paintings in many French caves – buffaloes, lions, antelopes, with eight legs. According to them, the artists tried to depict different stages of leg movements while running. Perhaps, in the flickering light of torches, where the ancient people saw these pictures, it seemed that the animals actually run. These artifacts are much more older than bone taumatotropa – it more than 30 thousand years.