CLARA ROCKMORE THEREMIN PDF

Clara Rockmore made music from thin air. Trained from a young age as a violinist, Rockmore ultimately gave up the violin due to physical strain. Not only did Rockmore become the instrument's most well-known performer, she also influenced its development. She convinced Theremin that it should be made more responsive and offer a greater range of notes 5 octaves instead of 3. Though electronic music was uncommon in formal music settings in the s, Rockmore performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony. The team translated the movement used to play the theremin—one hand controlling pitch and the other volume—to an interactive module, where a point of light controls volume and pitch.

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Born Clara Reisenberg more than a century ago in in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, the young Clara was recognized early on as a virtuoso violin player and began a mentorship under famed Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer—at the age of four!

In came about a little thing known as a full-on Communist revolution. Her family shuffled around Europe, eventually immigrating to America. A Soviet byproduct like its creator, the theremin was patented in and was an immediate hit.

You can manipulate the sound based on where your hands are relative to its antennae. As you just heard, the theremin is a truly bizarre and unique instrument—somewhere between the violin, kazoo, and synthesizer.

One antenna controls the frequency so basically, the pitch and the other the volume. Its wobbly, warbly sound often creates a sense of unease, which is why the sound became popular in early sci-fi and horror films and TV shows.

He fell in love with Clara and proposed to her, but she did not accept; instead, she married a man named Robert Rockmore. The instrument was modified to fit her style. Clara Rockmore toured the world with her masterful theremin sets and lived until the end of the 20th century. She was the first electronic music star—but one who never flamed out. Instead, she sustained, like one of those wonky tones of the theremin.

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The precision with which he built his contrivance permitted him to extract, not amateur squeals, but harmonious musical sounds. On one hand—no pun intended—the lack of division between notes allowed a much wider range of sounds to be created: rather than skipping from, say, C to B, a theremin player could capture every sound in between. On the other hand, the obvious challenge is the lack of frets or strings or keys that would ordinarily guide a musician. Few people proved that such skill was possible as handily—again, no pun intended—as Clara Rockmore did. The theremin expert, who was born years ago on Mar. The result was even more difficult to play well, but Rockmore found that it allowed for greater artistry.

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Clara Rockmore

Born Clara Reisenberg more than a century ago in in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, the young Clara was recognized early on as a virtuoso violin player and began a mentorship under famed Hungarian violinist Leopold Auer—at the age of four! In came about a little thing known as a full-on Communist revolution. Her family shuffled around Europe, eventually immigrating to America. A Soviet byproduct like its creator, the theremin was patented in and was an immediate hit. You can manipulate the sound based on where your hands are relative to its antennae. As you just heard, the theremin is a truly bizarre and unique instrument—somewhere between the violin, kazoo, and synthesizer. One antenna controls the frequency so basically, the pitch and the other the volume.

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Clara Rockmore: Story of the theremin virtuoso who inspired Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones

Clara Reisenberg Rockmore 9 March — 10 May [2] was a classical violin prodigy [3] and a virtuoso performer of the theremin , an electronic musical instrument. At the age of four, she became the youngest ever student at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory , where she studied under the prominent violinist Leopold Auer. As a teenager, tendinitis affected her bow arm, attributed to childhood malnutrition, and resulted in her giving up the violin. She performed widely and helped Theremin to refine his instrument.

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Why Clara Rockmore's Theremin Playing Was So Impressive

Her violin career was stopped due to muscular problems, but due to the fact that she knew Leon Theremin, who had recently developed his Theremin, she soon became a virtuoso on this new electronic instrument, performing with the premier orchestras of the USA and enjoying many commissions and a close collaboration with Leopold Stokowski. New York City, May 10, is generally considered to be the most accomplished performer ever of the theremin electronic musical instrument. Born Clara Reisenberg, Rockmore was a child prodigy on the violin and entered the Imperial conservatory of Saint Petersburg at the age of five. She studied violin under the virtuoso Leopold Auer, and remains to this day the youngest student ever to be admitted to the institution.

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