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National Violin Day
Arts & Entertainment
"You gotta have a fiddle in the band"

When: December 13th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Take a basic violin lesson on how to play if you have ever had the desire, don't put if off any longer.  Broaden your horizons and watch the French violin theme movie "Un coeur en hiver".. don't worry about the subtitles if you don't speak French as I hear the movie is magnificent. 

Numbers

In today's modern full-scale symphony orchestra the number of violins is having 16–18 1st violins and 16 2nd violins.

Description

Playing the violin in todays youth culture of video games and a host of other digital offerings, might not be as appealing as it once was.  Even the featured violin in some of the mainstream country music doesn't seem as prevalent as in years past.   One favorite classic country music song about violin playing that inspired many musicians and a song that everybody seemed to know the words was the hit "Devil went down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels.  This song was inspiring as well as entertaining to aspiring musical talents.  Another song was "You gotta have a fiddle in the band" about how prominent violin playing was in the Texas country music scene was by the group Alabama.  You many be wondering know, what is a fiddle? A fiddle is actually just another term to describe the 4 string instrument.  The violin as we currently know it, originated in the early 16th-century around northern Italy.  Some of the  earliest examples of violins seen around Italy in 1530's had 3 strings.  Although most people identify with the violin being played with a bow, strumming or plucking are other ways the instrument can be used in bluegrass music for example.

Interesting Facts

  1. The violin was designed in the 1500s and the modern violin has been in existence for over 500 years.
  2. Most violins are made from Spruce or Maple Wood.
  3. It has been said that violinists have faster cognitive processing speeds than the average person.
  4. The most expensive violin in the world was made by Giuseppe Guarneri in 1741 and is estimated to be worth over $18 million usd.
  5. The violin bow used to be shaped like a hunting bow before adopting its current design.
     

Information

Observed:
  • December 13th
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