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This post got deleted before, when the forum was wound back to a previous state.
This guy may feature elsewhere on Fiddlerman, but I searched and couldn't find him.
It's stuff I put on another forum, so I'm surprised the formatting isn't too bad.
First thing - the Czardas sounds traditional, but in fact it was a 1904 composition of the Italian one-hit-wonder Vittorio Monti.
But maybe it was a hit because it was not so much composed as copied from original Hungarian dance melodies?
I'm posting this because that street performer is not anonymous, and I thought I'd do a bit of low-level "research" (i.e. Googling) on him and use this forum as a repository.
Here's a Polish Wiki page on him: - https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/.....an_Dymiter
Google translate gives: -
Stefan Dymiter , pseudonym Cororo (born on May 5, 1938 in Płonna , died October 26, 2002 in Krakow ) - a virtuoso violinist from Gypsy, self-taught.
As a child, Dymiter lost his sight, and his legs had to be amputated. One of the most famous Polish street musicians. He collaborated with the Piwnica pod Baranami . The honor of his talent was an invitation to a concert at the Krakow Philharmonic , where he delighted the critics with his playing. Music was buried in Kowary .
The name of witruoza is held by the ethno music festival "CORORO - Ethno Festival Stefan Dymiter ", which since 2012 has been held in Kowary  .
CORORO - I Etno Festival Stefan Dymiter
Polish Radio website about the most famous Polish street musicians
Festival website - Municipal Cultural Center in Kowary
A memory of Stefan Dymiter
This site translated says
Tribute to another Krakow legend of playing in the open air Maleńczuk placed on the debut album Homo Twist. In the song "City of Krakow", the enfant terrible of Podwawel's bohemia sings "while Stefan plays the violin, I will have hope". Of course, it's about the famous musician Stefan Dymitr . Blind and legless virtuoso violin with his overwhelming game for years moved passers-by in Kowary, Jelenia Góra, and finally permanently inscribed in the landscape of the city of Krak.
Gypsy musician self-taught, because of the inadequate right hand he held the instrument in a characteristic way, with his right hand behind the neck, resting the violin on his stomach. Despite these adversities, Dymiter achieved incredible skill and feeling in the game, becoming one of the symbols of Krakow. Confirmation of his enormous talent was an invitation to a concert at the Cracow Philharmonic where the artist who did not know the score on stage did not give way to educated musicians. The violinist Stefan disappeared forever from Floriańska St. in 2002. The music was buried in the cemetery in his home town of Kowary.
It doesn't look as though his legs were amputated as a child though - it must either have been something congenital or too many oilies [added for Americans - oily = oily rag, fag (cigarette)]:
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But I suspect he never lost them and it's just someone romantically guessing from a bad photo or video.
I'd give more than a penny for the thoughts of the guy on the right.
40 years ago I heard a recording of a funny sketch show on the radio, but I doubt if it was Jack Benny, but it's possible. As far as I was aware, it was a working class man whose son was learning the fiddle, and his teacher kept trying to get his father to buy better and better fiddles for him because he was good, and the joke was basically that every time the price went up, the father would get more and more irate and use a more and more obscure slang term for a dollar. So it went something like
"A hundred smackeroonies?"
"Five hundred spondoolicks?"
"A THOUSAND GEETS?"
If one of you knows anything about that, and I could find it on the web, I'd be very grateful!
What a great thread.
I love watching Hilary Hahn play. I also like to watch J. Heifetz.
And then I like so many other videos. A video that makes me happy over and over is this one. It is fun.
ps @Shane "Chicken" Wang that young girl playing the Theme from Last of the Mohicans was so awesome. I had not seen that. wow.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
@coolpinkone you know it's great to watch the famous performer's, but I think I would rather watch the kids and the new young artists play. Like the kids in your Let it Be video, they haven't had a chance to forget that playing is supposed to be fun. I understand that there is a level of playing that puts pretty good money in your pocket, But if you can't have fun with it like those boys did, What's the point?
That was a great video. They were awesome and boy did they make me laugh.
If you ever get a chance watch Maxim Vengerov's Masterclass. He remembers why it is fun to play, and actually teaches in a way that makes me want to learn even more.
@Gordon Shumway - No wonder I can't sight read for beans... can't even keep track of who wrote what on a forum. Stand corrected, once again 🙂
Here's the item I think Chicken referred to that I thought was so terrific:
Maxim Vengerov's Masterclass
Thanks to Chicken, I just viewed the Maxim Vengerov’s performance of the Ballade of Ysaye. Due to the wonderful camera angles, the following points became evident to me.
The violin’s bridge was very pretty. I would love to see how it looked roasted.
The projection of the bow’s head seemed larger than normal, causing a large space between the hair and the stick. No advantage seen.
The bow stick did not seem very responsive and it seemed that Vengerov accommodated by playing the spiccato passage very close to the frog.
Edit: I took another look at the video and notice two other things. The string spacing across the fingerboard is abnormally broad. He also uses multiple orchestra mutes. It almost looks like a charm bracelet between the bridge and the tailpiece.
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. —Frank Zappa
The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed. —William Gibson
I am not a fan of emoting.
It comes in many forms, some genuine and some utterly fake.
Emoting can be a substitute for musical expression. Clearly you have to make music first and emote (if you must) second.
Even in Vengerov's case I feel his emoting isn't really all that necessary for the sound he produces, although he is genuine.
Plenty of top performers don't, and don't need to, emote, and emoting is usually for the audience's benefit. Even a pianist can emote for the audience where it has zero musical effect. You can pretend to vibrato on a piano key. It does almost nothing, but the audience sees it and goes with it.