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Inside the Music

About Our Bows

Many music fans know that there is a storied history behind the craftsmanship of violins, violas, cellos and basses—after all, what could be more important to a musician than their instrument? For string players, selecting the right bow is almost as essential as finding the right instrument, and the craftsmanship of bow-making is deeply intricate. Minnesota Orchestra musicians Rebecca Albers (viola), Robert Anderson (bass) and Aaron Janse (violin) take you on a tour of their respective bow collections, share a bit about the history of the bow and demonstrate why making the correct selection is so vital to doing the job right. 

PS—have you visited our Digital Concert Hall? This video was originally filmed as part of a livestreamed This Is Minnesota Orchestra concert; when you head over to our Digital Concert Hall you can find free and premium behind-the-scenes content, full performances and exclusive interviews.

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