National Violin Day is celebrated each year on December 13th. The day commemorates the joyful music created by the instrument. It also honors violinists.
Musicians know that the violin is one of the most challenging instruments. No one knows how or when this day was established, but a music lover must have conceived it.
Quotes About Violins
Life, wrote a friend of mine, is a public performance on a violin, in which you must learn the instrument as you go along.
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
Edmond de Goncourt
You gotta have a fiddle in the band.
Alabama (The Band)
There is nothing more to be said or done tonight, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellowmen.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The violin – the most human of all instruments.
Louisa May Alcott
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
Honore de Balzac
The true mission of the violin is to imitate the accents of the human voice, a noble mission that has earned for the violin the glory of being called the king of instruments.
Charles-Auguste de Beriot
There is no competition of sounds between a nightingale and a violin.
To say she is only a woman is to say a violin is a piece of wood with strings, and Dante is mere ink printed on paper.
It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
Instagram Captions for Violins
Yes, you are high strung.
Lord of the Strings.
Close your eyes and feel the music.
I have a violin and know how to use it.
The wand chose me.
Listening to the violin is cheaper than therapy.
Keep Calm and Play On.
I am easily distracted by violin music.
If you can play it slowly, you can play it quickly.
In the orchestra, the violin is the heart.
Never underestimate the person who can play the violin.
The violin speaks any language.
National Violin Day Captions
Yes, I speak violin.
Violins: you only need to practice on the days you breathe.
I play the violin, and I know things.
Violins: The intelligent people’s instrument.
I play the violin. What’s your superpower?
If you listen closely, you can hear the story the violin is telling.
Jokes About Violins
Instead of resorting to violence, resort to violins.
Joe: Have you ever played the violin?
Jack: No, but I’ve fiddled around with it once.
My Great Uncle left me a Van Gogh and a Stradivarius.
Unfortunately, the Van Gogh was a violin, and the Stradivarius was a painting. Totally worthless.
My professor spent all his money to buy a Stradivarius violin.
Now, he’s baroque.
It’s easy for clams to play the violin; they have excellent mussel memory.
How are lightning and a violinist’s fingers similar?
They’re both speedy and never hit the same spot twice
Playing the violin only leads to treble.
The teacher asked two violins what they were doing.
The violins replied we’re just fiddling around.
My next-door neighbor must enjoy my violin playing.
He keeps throwing bricks through my window so he can hear better.
One violin said to another violin, “I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty sharp.”
How do you make a million dollars playing the violin?
Start with five.
Here are frequently asked questions about National Violin Day.
How do I Celebrate National Violin Day?
The obvious answer is playing the violin. Most of us are not violin players, but please celebrate the day by playing if you are. If you don’t play, enjoy the music of this great instrument. The violin has been featured in classical, rock and roll, country, jazz, and rhythm and blues music genres.
Watch a violin-themed movie. There are many excellent violin films including, The Red Violin, Itzhak (a documentary about legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman), High Strung, The Devil’s Violinist, Un Coeur en hiver (French with subtitles), The Soloist, and Lev’s Violin.
You can also watch violin players on YouTube. There is a lot to choose from. One violinist, Lindsay Sterling, has over thirteen million subscribers on YouTube.
If you have ever wanted to play the violin, National Violin Day is the day to start. Take a lesson and see if playing the violin is for you.
What is the History of the Violin?
The violin traces its heritage back to an instrument known as a lyre. A similar stringed instrument called a rebec was popular in Europe. These two instruments influenced the design of the violin. Early violin makers were predominately Italian. The first great violin maker was Andrea Amanti. King Charles IX of France commissioned Amanti to make 24 violins in 1560.
King Charles used the 24 violins to create an orchestra that toured Europe and helped popularize the music of the violin.
The violin is not to be confused with the viola. The violin is noticeably smaller than the viola. The viola’s neck and body are taller and broader than a violin. In addition, a viola is tuned lower in pitch than a violin. You can pick out the lower register of a solo viola versus a solo violin in a piece of music.
What are the Most Famous Violins?
In addition to Andrea Amanti, three violin makers have highly sought-after instruments. Collectors desire Antonio Stradivarius, Giuseppe Guarneri, and Domenico Montagnana violins worldwide.
All three artisans worked in Cremona and Venice, Italy, during the early 1700s. This is considered the golden age of violin making.
How Much is the World’s Most Expensive Violin?
Giuseppe Guarneri manufactured the most expensive violin. Sold at auction for $18 million, the violin was built in 1741. In 2011, a violin called Lady Blunt made by Stradivarius in 1721 sold for $15 million.
What does a Professional Violinist get Paid?
The average salary for a professional violinist is $65,000 in the U.S. It varies from state to state, with New York having the highest average at $96,590 and Nevada having the lowest average at $44,251. On National Violin Day, you should tip your violin street players considerably extra than you usually do.
Who Are Some Famous People Who Play the Violin?
Larry Fine – Larry from The Three Stooges learned to play the violin as a young boy. Playing the violin was good therapy for a nasty chemical burn on his arm. He played the violin in several Three Stooges movies.
Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin – Jefferson practiced playing all the time at his home Monticello. He always referred to his violin as his fiddle. Franklin taught himself how to play the violin. He also learned how to play the harp and guitar.
Marlene Dietrich – Dietrich trained to be a concert violinist. Unfortunately, a wrist injury changed her course to acting. She called the violin – the symbol of my broken dream.
Woodrow Wilson and John Tyler – President Wilson grew up playing the violin and continued into the White House. President Tyler also enjoyed playing in the White House. After his presidency, he formed a band with family members.
Albert Einstein – Not just a noted physicist, Einstein played the violin. He began playing at the age of five. He famously said, “I know that the most joy in my life has come from my violin.”
More Notable Violinists
Charlie Chaplin – Silent film megastar Charlie Chaplin was an accomplished violin player. He played the instrument backward, using his left hand to hold the bow.
Richard M. Nixon – Not only could President Nixon play the violin, but he could also play the piano, saxophone, clarinet, and accordion. He loved classical music and would listen to it for hours in the White House.
Werner Klemperer – Klemperer played the incompetent commandant Colonel Klink in the T.V. Show Hogan’s Heroes. His father, Otto Klemperer, was a respected conductor in Germany. Klemperer deliberately misplayed the violin in an episode of Hogan’s Heroes.
Robert Downey, Jr. – Downey has something in common with the character he played on screen, Sherlock Holmes. Both he and Homes play the violin. He is a talented musician, not just an actor.
Meryl Streep – Another actor that can play the violin is Meryl Streep. She started playing at an early age. Maybe she has used some of the skills she learned to play the violin to earn her acting awards.
Fun Facts About Violins
1.) The original violin bow shape was like a huntsman’s bow. Over time, it evolved to the straight shape we know now.
2.) There are more than 70 pieces of wood in a modern violin.
3.) Full-scale symphony Orchestras typically have 32 to 34 violinists in their string section.
4.) 5.) The world’s largest violin Andrea Amanti drew designs of the first violin, a bow that is 17 feet long. A team of 15 violin makers in Germany built it.
6.) The violin that we know today is over 500 years old. Andrea Amanti drew the first designs of a violin in the 1500s.
7.) Most violins use spruce or maple wood, but newer materials include carbon fiber and metal.
8.) Sheep intestines were stretched, dried, and twisted for the first strings.
9.) Early violins had only two or three strings.
10.) Pizzicato is the word for using your finger to pluck the string instead of using a bow. It is the Italian word for plucking.
11.) Modern strings use synthetic material, steel strands, and silver-plated metal.
12.) A fiddle is the same thing as a violin. Except, some country fiddlers prefer five strings instead of four. The fifth string is meant to be plucked.
13.) Violin bows are made of many different materials, but most are nylon or horsehair. A bow contains 120 to 150 strands.
14.) It has been written that during a massive fire in Rome in 64AD, Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. This story is highly questionable. The violin or fiddle did not exist in 64AD. Also it is also said that Nero fled Rome when he saw the first sign of flames.
By Tim Moodie
Tim Moodie does not play the violin. However, his wife’s Great Uncle, Harold, did play the violin. Harold was from Denmark and loved to play his violin. He lived to be 100; perhaps violin playing led to his rich, full life.
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