Category Archives: Words on Music

Various articles about music in general.

Jascha Heifetz “Your mother is not your date”

Rudolf Koelman’s legendary phone conversation with Jascha Heifetz – on video

Rudolf Koelman was one of Jascha Heifetz last pupils. In the eighties and nineties, he was one of the major violin talents in the Netherlands. He studied with Herman Krebbers. Later, as a most beloved student of Jascha Heifetz, the god among violinists, he made his international breakthrough. Continue reading Jascha Heifetz “Your mother is not your date”

André Rieu – from Pizza Paganini to Johann Strauss Orchestra

André Rieu – “Heringe Biete” concerts and  Johann Strauss Orchestra

By Irma de Jong

I remember André Rieu and his “Heringe biete” (Maastricht dialect for “to bite a haring”) Concerts that he used to organise around Carnival, in the beginning of the nineties in Maastricht his home town. At that time I was working occasionally at the ticket office of the Theater aan het Vrijthof, the

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The Happy ending of TV Entertainment Era

Entertainment shows killed by the Internet ?

There are no more entertainment shows as we use to know them… Did this TV entertainment era die? And is it a misfortune, or just another sign of evolution? Let’s start considering how celebrations for New Year’s Eve have decreased, and how celebrations for birthdays, Saturday nights, Carnivals and all traditional feasts have definitely decreased as well, even children are less interested in celebrations anymore.

First of the reasons, as we all know, is that when we were children we used to wait for some important days to achieve something, as a gift, a toy, a book, so conceptually the big feasts were in general Continue reading The Happy ending of TV Entertainment Era

Pablo Casals’ Cello played by Amit Peled

“A great piece of art” Peled serenades with Historic Instrument of Pablo Casals (video)

By Irma de Jong

How the musician and the Pablo Casals cello came together

At a very young age, Amit fell in love with a girl that played the cello. He decided to impress her and started learning this instrument as well. His parents gave him a cassette tape of a famous cellist and with those beautiful sounds, he fell asleep every night, Continue reading Pablo Casals’ Cello played by Amit Peled

History of electric guitar – unique Fender Guitar Collection

One of the most complete and unique Fender Guitar collections in the world.

Recognised by the Fender Factory

By Gianriccardo Pera

Everyone who’s passionate about electric guitars knows what Fender is, and what it represents for music. Fender represents the concept of the guitar itself and has a distinct sound which for hundreds of players, thousands of fans and many millions of simple citizens contained a message which was accompanying the rhythm of their whole lives, resounding in their minds in the happiest moment as well as in their odds. Now I’m proud to present a really unique Fender Vintage Guitar Instruments Collection and Equipment, It includes more than 120 instruments, amplifiers and gadgets and is recognised by the Fender Factory itself.

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“Amado Mio” romantic and dark side of love

Classic song “Amado Mio” arranged for piano and cello

By Irma de Jong

Fulvia Mancini developed the special idea of re-arranging this song by the Italian composer Beddini.  “Amado Mio” is a song from the classic 1946 film noir Gilda, written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts . The piece was lip- synched by Rita Hayworth and sung by Anita Kert Ellis. Grace Jones’s rendition of the song on her 1989 album Bulletproof Heart is the most well known. The idea of creating a bridge between classic and modern

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Uri Vardi Feldenkrais specialist: “My Teaching Philosophy”

Feldenkrais specialist Uri Vardi about his passion and motivation to help musicians all over the world develop themselves holistic

The Feldenkrais method is a very efficient method for auto training, based on the awareness of our motor schemes and reorganizing of muscle reactions to achieve a full-range connection between mind and body.  Continue reading Uri Vardi Feldenkrais specialist: “My Teaching Philosophy”

Paganini’s Portrait by Scott Bartner – Classical Music and Painting

Paganini’s Portrait – Classical Music and Painting as sister Art forms

by Irma de Jong

Where do we find similarities between classical music and the art of painting? We take inspiration of an oil portrait of Niccolo Paganini, based on a drawing of Ingres and immortalized by Scott E. Bartner, American portrait painter living in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Scott Bartner just recently won the Dutch Portrait Price 2019 (Nederlandse Portret Prijs). We spoke to him about his relation to Paganini and other classical music composers and his passion for painting great artists. Continue reading Paganini’s Portrait by Scott Bartner – Classical Music and Painting