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James R. Longacre
as The "Singing" Bejamin Franklin
The string quartet believed to have been written by Ben Franklin was composed while he was living in France. It is in 5 movements and is unusual in that it is written for 3 violins and one cello. It also calls for all four string instruments to retune to different pitches, creating 16 notes to be played on open strings without left-hand fingering, using only the bow. This technique is known as scordatura, a retuning of a string instrument to lend different tone and color to the strings (usually to make them sound thinner or brighter).
These Photos are from my Photo Shoot. Also, Live shots from our Touch of Classics! Benjamin Franklin & Friends
at the University of Pennsylvania's Rotunda in 2016