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    Yes, but 'opus' sometimes refers to more than one composition - how does that work?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_..._1_(Beethoven)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Yes, but 'opus' sometimes refers to more than one composition - how does that work?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_..._1_(Beethoven)
    "Opus" simply means "a work". A "work" may consist of six string quartets, or a single symphony, or whatever. I don't think there are any rules. Just to confuse matters further, the plural of "opus" is "opera".

    Interesting story: After his Hammerklavier, Beethoven promised his publisher "an opus of three sonatas," recalling his Op. 31 set. But it took quite a while to write them, so they were published with separate opus numbers (Opp. 109, 110, and 111).
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    the plural of "opus" is "opera".
    or 'opuses' .
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbhaub View Post
    Re steel strings on old violins. Don't do it! Those violins were not designed to take the higher stress and tension that steel has. Using synthetic strings or real gut (expensive) is what should be done. You could raise the height of the saddle to reduce the downward force on the bridge, but take it to highly skilled luthier for the job.
    I think Heifetz used gut strings!
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    Just want to say tanks (again) to mbhaub isorhythm for answers to my questions. My replies were awaiting moderation, and they just came up. Don't wanna appear to be impolite! For my part, there's going to be more embarrassing questions in the future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Yes, but 'opus' sometimes refers to more than one composition - how does that work?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_..._1_(Beethoven)
    An opus number refers to a publication, regardless of how many works are involved. It's whatever is published under the one cover. In the Baroque and Classical eras it was common to publish works like sonatas, symphonies and concertos in sets of twelve (Vivaldi, L'estro armonico) or six (CPE Bach Prussian Sonatas), and eventually three, when the average length of works got longer (Beethoven Op. 31 and Op. 59).
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    Young Debussy had his string quartet published as Opus 10. This was to make it seem as if he had a reasonable musical pedigree; in fact, Opp. 1 through 9 do not exist.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Young Debussy had his string quartet published as Opus 10. This was to make it seem as if he had a reasonable musical pedigree; in fact, Opp. 1 through 9 do not exist.
    I hadn't realised that Ken - I do still learn something every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I think Heifetz used gut strings!
    Yes, he did. Heifetz and gut strings:
    https://www.damianstrings.com/try_gut_strings.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    "I love to read about music while listening to it."

    One of the great pleasures in life.
    What I meant specifically is reading about a composer’s life or certain works while listening to his or her music. Not always, but sometimes, for example, reading about a Chopin Nocturne while listening to it can be particularly illuminating. One absorbs the atmosphere of it all and I find it easy to imagine most listeners doing this at one time or another in their lives. That is what I imagine as one of life‘s great pleasures for those who love the music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    "I love to read about music while listening to it."

    One of the great pleasures in life.
    Are you referring to reading about music while listening? Or beer?

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