Fascination with the theremin, the otherworldly electronic musical instrument developed in the late s and early s out of Soviet. Trained from a young age as a violinist, Rockmore ultimately gave up the violin due to physical strain. This led her to discover the theremin. Clara Rockmore, Master of the Theremin. Photo by Renato Toppo, courtesy of The Nadia Reisenberg – Clara Rockmore Foundation.

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Who was Clara Rockmore? Get the best cultural and educational resources on the web curated for you in a daily email. Rockmore passed away inhaving been brought back into the public eye a few years earlier, at rocimore to an extent, by Steve M.

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Her family shuffled around Europe, eventually immigrating to America. The album, which was produced by Bob Moog and Shirleigh Moog, featured Rockmore’s theremin playing with piano accompaniment by her sister Nadia.

On one hand—no pun intended—the lack of division between notes allowed a much wider range of sounds to be created: Share facebook twitter email. This will be approximately six months ahead of its general release. While many listeners have heard the theremin played poorly or used mostly as a spooky special-effects device, Rockmore used it to perform classical works.

In the words of designer Alex Chen, the Music Lab aims to “create simple ways for anyone, of any age, to explore how music works. You cannot register any of your internal emotion at all. She had extremely precise, rapid control of her movements, important in playing an instrument that depends on the performer’s motion and proximity rather than touch.


Clara Rockmore’s th Birthday

In came about a little thing known as a full-on Communist revolution. Clara owned an RCA theremin given to her and substantially modified by Theremin.

Trained from a young age as a violinist, Rockmore ultimately gave up the violin due to physical strain. The instrument was modified to fit her style. Your comment will be queued in Akismet!

Leave a Reply Name required Email required Message. Your playing commemorates Rockmore’s th birthday.

Why Clara Rockmore’s Theremin Playing Was So Impressive

Magical Music in the Air. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Recent Forum Posts by pitts8rh on Build Project: Please refresh the page and retry. As she described it herself in an interview: Rockmore, however, did not always get the recognition theremjn deserved: Instead, she sustained, like one of those wonky tones of the theremin.

Theremin World – Clara Rockmore

Archived from the original on 17 May Questions about this project? A CD of live performances by Clara Rockmore, revered as the greatest ever virtuoso of the theremin, celebrates her centennial. Home News Sport Business. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. R ockmore was a talented musician from a very young age, and she went to be a pioneer of electronic music.

A total of 12 Googlers worked on the commemorative piece. She developed a unique technique for playing the instrument, including a fingering system that allowed her to perform accurately fast passages and large note leaps without the more familiar portamentoor glide, on theremin.

In the late s she helped her friend Louis Theremin add extra features to the design, including “aerial fingering” to change notes.


This day in history. C lara Rockmore was a pioneer of electronic music and, had she still therekin alive, would have turned today. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you theremn continue to access our quality content in the future. And was the instrument that led to the creation of the first synthesizer. She developed a whole technique for playing the instrument, including a fingering system, which allowed her to accurately perform fast passages and large note leaps without the much known glissando on theremin.

Write to Lily Rothman at lily. July 8, at Support Select this reward. Unfortunately, bone problems due to childhood malnutrition forced her to abandon violin performance past her teen years. Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page was also known for keeping a theremin onstage, which he played during extended versions of “Whole Lotta Love” and “No Quarter”. Unsubscribe at any time.

But all was not lost: By Lily Rothman March 9, Few people proved that such skill was possible as handily—again, no pun intended—as Clara Rockmore did.

Professor Leon Theremin demonstrating his theremin on Dec. T he theremin’s greatest influence on contemporary music was probably its impact on Robert Moog, the creator of the first voltage-controlled synthesizer.

Archived from the original PDF on 8 July The Reisenberg family – as Rockmore was born – escaped in a horse-drawn carriage.

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