Music Gear News
Master violinist Israel Baker has died
Baker, who was especially celebrated for his work as concertmaster for the orchestra that produced the soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock's seminal horror movie Psycho, died peacefully in his sleep on Christmas Day.
The soundtrack to the film was credited with helping bring Hitchcock's suspense thriller alive with its chilling use of violins to heighten the drama.
Born in Chicago, Baker was the youngest child of four to Russian immigrants who had come to the US to find a better life in the early 20th century.
It was in this city that his career as a violin player began to ferment and he soon became a firm favourite of the classical music circuit, highly sought after.
He worked for Paramount Pictures, Capitol Records and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra as well as producing notable pieces of work with luminaries like Andre Previn, John Williams, Franz Waxman and John Barry.
A modest man, the Los Angeles Times reported that Baker once discussed stock market tips with one of his fellow orchestra members during a cello solo.
His is survived by his wife Imelda, three daughters and five grandchildren.
Posted by KTPosted on 10 Jan 2012 10:50 to category : Instruments News
Related Music News
Ideal for fitting in places which other mics can't, the Hummingbird Small Diaphragm Mic is part of a two for one offer that runs until 30th of November.
Taking inspiration from the coveted NSX2 Mixer, the Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 All-In-One DJ Controller promises, even more, functionality and practical applications.
A hybrid that combines digital functionality and auditory magnificence of traditional pianos, the Roland HP603 is a dream come true for the modern musician.
A premium grade instrument that helps the intermediate player develop to the next level, the HP601 Digital Piano expresses unprecedented tonal clarity.
A great choice for those pianists looking to invest in a compact and cost efficient piano, the Roland RP-102 Digital Piano is the ultimate hybrid instrument.
Combining a strong projection with a varied selection of tones and sounds, the FP-60 offers itself as the quintessential piano for the gigging musician.
Recent Music News
The TC Electronic Unitune Tuner is the latest tuning accessory developed by the Denmark based innovators. Modern, and wildly practical, the Unitune has it all.
Ever wanted to experience the full glory of your tube amp a low, house-friendly volume? Now you can with the revolutionary Two Notes Torpedo Captor unit.
A new take on a modern-day classic, the Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2-W Controller presents all of your favourite functionality in a striking, bold new finish.
Available for a strictly limited time only, the Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 Controller comes available in a striking white finish and unique custom plaque
After an image of Yamaha's Genos Workstation made its way on to the web, the new workstation has set the internet alight with speculation as to its final form.
The Fender '64 Custom Deluxe Reverb Amp takes all of the vintage tonality of 1960's Fender amps and reiterates them into a completely new modern format.