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Raphael Klayman


October 11, 2011 at 10:38 PM


On August 17, 2011, I gave a joint recital in New Jersey with the noted harpist, Elaine Christy. The program included the Saint-Saens Fantasy for violin and harp, short pieces by Veracini, Sarasate and Massenet – and the premier of my own little ditty, “Twinkle-iana” - virtuoso variations on “Twinkle”, inspired by Mozart and Milstein. The violin that I chose from my collection for this performance was my beautiful, warm and rich-toned 2010 Vittorio Villa del Gesu model, which I've named “Michelangelo”.


The very next day I took posession of my 3rd violin from Ed Maday. This is a fantasy instrument with a basic del Gesu modeling that Ed likes to use, along with a lion head for a scroll that Stainer sometimes did. And in the tradition of the Amati family I asked Ed to print in gold leaf on the ribs a Latin motto that I came up with - IN MVSICA FELICITAS (in music, happpines). The sound is deep dark and unique. I'm having trouble with photo uploads here, but if anyone is interested, I can email them some photos.




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