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Violin vs Stroh violin

Violin vs Stroh violin?
Which is better?

The Violin with the Horn or Stroh Violin is a specific instrument , although invented by the Englishman Augustus Stroh. It can be said that Stroh Violin represents Bihor County. The biggest musicians on the Crişului Repede valley are the beloved Căbuţă Gheorghe "Stângaciu" and Mitică Negrean, who are part of the professional orchestra "Crişana". The bihorian folklore is represented by the "Crişana" Artistic Professional Ensemble of the Oradea State Philharmonic in tours abroad and in the country, which was founded in 1998 on the structure of Crişana Orchestra, a professional orchestra with a tradition of more than 50 years. From the very beginning, the orchestra had the purpose of processing the popular song. At present the "Crişana" Professional ensemble is among the first folk ensembles in the country. The soloists of the ensemble are Cornel Borza, Leontin Ciucur, Luminiţa Tomuţă, Viorica Bradea, Cornelia Covaciu, Voichiţa Mihoc, Felicia Costin and Florinul Bihorului:Florica Duma, Florica Ungur, Florica Zaha,Florica Bradu and the most famous instrumentalists are Gheorghe Rada, Stângaciu, Mitică Negrean, Adi Miclăuş, Liviu Butiu and Petre Frasin.
Stroh violin
It is not known for sure that the violin violin used by Bihor tars was the same as that created by John Matthias Augustus Stroh (1899-1949). At a closer look there are important differences. The Bihor coroner's violin is much softer than those created by Stroh. Of course, it's original, because the violin in the picture above is an unfinished copy. Those who have had the opportunity to see the Bihor tool closely can easily notice differences. Unfortunately, we are not known craftsmen of the violin. Stroh violin is likely to be used in Transylvania before 1900. According to some reports, the game came to the village musicians with "van, taragoata (taragot not clarinet) and Stroh violin (or fiddle as it is called in the Apuseni Mountains) ". Another local instrument name: "higheghe with tolcer" (higheghe = violin, tolcer = funnel) In Central and Western Europe, the violin was not successful, because it was used on classical music scores (Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, etc.), not forgetting that this instrument produces tonalities specific to lute music, tones which is very good compared to the established violin. It is interesting to note that in Bihor the viticulture with the goat does not have the same success in the listeners. The European studies on the distribution of musical instruments and their tradition record the presence of the violin with the goarna only in the eastern part of Hungary, on most of the border with Romania, and not in Romania, from where they actually took over the Gypsy tarafs.

Almost reached 50 follower milestone

If you don't know already, I am now almost at 50 followers. Currently I have 39 followers so just 11 more and I will have reached the 50 follower mark. I had maybe like 4 followers 2 years ago. So clearly, I'm doing something right. My most recent score called The Storm just brought me 2 more followers. I suppose they followed me hoping to someday see the entire suite that I plan on The Storm being a part of. That suite I call Weather Music. Maybe I should compose another part of the suite for that 50 followers mark, upload it when I reach 50 followers, and then whenever I have finished the suite, upload it in its entirety.

If you want to listen to what I have so far of The Storm, here it is:

It just so happens that I have been getting rain for 3 days straight here in Ohio.

Update 1: 6/18/2019

Oh my goodness, 4 followers in a single day. That is a record for me, I am now at 43 followers. I don't know if the follower milestone or finishing the composition will come first. If the follower count does come first, that's fine. I'm not pushing myself to finish the 50 follower composition.

Thinking of making a separate account for symphonies

So, I have been planning out my first symphony. I gave it the nickname "The War Symphony". It still isn't flushed out yet but I have decided to have it be a programmatic symphony with this movement structure:

First Movement:

Key: Bb major
Aspect: Battle
Form: Sonata Form

Second Movement:

Key: F minor
Aspect: Death
Form: Not decided on yet but I'm leaning towards ternary form

Third Movement:

Key: Not decided on
Aspect: Battle again
Form: Scherzo and Trio


Key: Bb major
Aspect: Victory
Form: Sonata-Rondo Form

The first movement is what I have flushed out the most out of all the movements so far in my plans so obviously, that will be the part I work on first. But I'm wondering, since I can't really afford a Pro membership(maybe a few years down the line I will be able to afford it but I can't currently), should I make a separate account to put my symphony score on once it is finished? And if so, should that account be just for my symphonies if I happen to want to compose more than 1 symphony?

Imagine if you could save lyrics with midi export as 2 options: "KAR file (MIDI File with lyrics)" and "KAR file with chords"

This is a request that goes back to at least 2015 and I have formally requested this feature again (see ) - to create KAR files, and kar files with chords. This would allow us to use a real Karaoke Player, such as the free van Basco player ( ) app for practice, performance, learning, teaching, etc. It's high time for this feature after 10 years.

Do you realize the numbers of  school teachers, and church choir leaders would would find this useful for teaching, conducting parishioners, choruses etc.? And why not lyrics from several voices simultaneously? Why, people might even have FUN with these files (heaven forbid)!!

Do you realize how useful these files could be with karaoke software?! I am a programmer and I see the arguments as "beside-the-point" and not at all insurmountable.  In fact, there may be no reason why more than one part's lyrics couldn't be saved and scrolled in a karaoke app in parallel.

Read my request where I address the programmer's objections. With all the lyric-typing I do I am disappointed/insulted that I can't export the lyrics with the midi. I have searched high and low and the closest software I can find to a solution is Serenade ( ) which is far from as perfect for this as MS would be. Please help promote the idea at (see ) !!

Country Day, Would like some feedback

 This is a piece that I composed to sound pastoral(in other words, like the countryside). I used this sequence of modulations:
F major -> C major -> A minor -> Bb major -> C minor -> G minor -> Bb major -> F major 

The first F major section is supposed to sound like the sun is rising.  Then in the C major, A minor, and Bb major sections, it sounds  relatively peaceful. But the Fate motive appearing in both the bassoon  and the piano foreshadows the C minor section, and the last entry of the  Fate motive being on a C minor chord makes it sound like I am directly  borrowing from Beethoven's 5th. Once I get to the C minor section, there  is a jolt, both in dynamics and in tempo. The tempo almost doubles and  the dynamics become fortissimo. I also use a repeating progression twice  in this section. Here it is:

i -> i6(first inversion tonic)  -> i -> iv(with Ab in the melody giving a more dissonant tone)  -> i -> i6 -> i -> vii°7 -> i 

Now there were a lot of ways that I could have gone from C minor back to F major. Here are just a few: 

  • Circle of fifths, ending it on the subtonic dominant 7th in D minor
  • Ending the progression at F minor and then going straight to F major via parallel modulation
  • Ending the progression at C minor, then going to C major which leads to F major
  • Ending the progression at B°7 and resolving it to C major, again leading to F major

I decided to start like the circle of fifths progression, going to G  minor. From there I went to the mediant of G minor followed by a plagal  motion to F major.
Once I got back to F major, I decided on having the flute play a melody  to give us a sense that the drama of the C minor section is over. This  melody, I accompanied in the bassoon. Later, when the melody comes back,  I change the register to be down an octave and have it played by the  bassoon. The flute harmonizes and embellishes it with a countermelody of  its own. Towards the end, I have all 4 instruments playing  simultaneously and there is a ritardando, going from the 120 BPM of the G  minor and second Bb major sections to the 60 BPM at the end. In the  third to last measure, the harp does a diatonic glissando. I intended  for it to be diatonic to avoid much dissonance between the Bb major  harmony and the glissando. In the measure after that the harp does a  long trill and then it ends with arpeggios in the harp and block chords  everywhere else. These last 3 measures are again fortissimo. But because  there is no modulation or sudden tempo change, the fortissimo in those  last 3 measures just sounds like a typical ending cadence and so even  though mezzo forte and fortissimo have quite a noticeable difference in  intensity and there is a busy texture in the mezzo forte before it,  there isn't much of a noticeable dynamic jolt. The flute and bassoon  move in contrary motion over the piano chords in the last 2 bars, both  to an F but in different octaves.
I didn't compose this for your typical quartet. Instead I thought  "Which instruments would go well with the countryside in terms of their  sound?" Piano, Harp, and Flute were obvious ones. To help balance the  woodwinds against the piano and harp, I decided on having a second  woodwind instrument. I didn't go with the Oboe because it sounds pretty  nasal in timbre compared to other woodwinds(would probably be a very  good instrument though if I wanted to make a piece sound Scottish).  Another instrument that I could have used is the Clarinet(which in the  case of this piece would be a Bb clarinet). It sounds mellow like the  flute. But I figured that I didn't need a more mellow sound, I needed  some warmth to the sound. And I knew just which woodwind instrument  would provide a warm quality to the piece. That would be the Bassoon,  which is comparable to the cello because of its wide pitch range and  warm tone.  

What do you think of it? Here is the link: