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The Lycoming College Music Department will present violinist Riana Muller, violin instructor, as part of the Concerts at Noon series on Thursday, March 21 in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets. The performance is free to the public.
She will be assisted by Amanda Horn Gunderson, piano; Jennifer Updegrove, violin; William Muller, viola; and Andrew Rammon, cello. Muller will perform music composed by Italian violin virtuosos Antonio Vivaldi, Francesco Maria Veracini, Niccolò Paganini, Giuseppe Torelli and Giuseppe Tartini.
Muller said that the pieces by Torelli and Tartini are historically interesting. "Torelli is considered the inventor of the solo concerto," she said. "I will play Concerto Op. 8 No. 8, which was composed in 1690 and was the second concerto ever written."
Muller added that Tartini was considered one of the best violinists of his time. "According to Tartini, learning the use and power of the bow was the most important skill for violin students," she said. "In his work, The Art of the Bow, he took a theme by Corelli and composed 50 variations for it, each demonstrating a different technique of bowing. On this concert, The Art of the Bow will be shortened to the theme and only 10 variations."
The concert also will include Sonata in A Major by Vivaldi, Largo by Veracini and Grand String Quartet in E Major by Paganini. Muller will play a violin made by Mattio Gofriller in 1698 in Venice, Italy.
She is the violinist and author of Classical Music in the Foreign Language Classes and Ear Training Exercises for Violin Students.