Dr. Woodruff will be signing his newly released children’s fantasy novel
Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton
On Saturday December 1st from 1-4 p.m.
At the Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore
5531 Roswell Road, Atlanta GA 30342
(just inside 285)

$25 Hardback Collector’s Edition
$15 Soft Cover
For every book purchased Dr. Fuddle’s LLC will donate a soft cover to a children’s charities or to child who cannot afford books

Dr. Fuddle's Musical IQ Test # 3

One-handed violinist transcends perceived limits to become rising star in classical music realm


Adrian Anantawan is more than a rising star in the classical music world. He is a shining example of the power of perseverance in transcending perceived limits.

"I guess when you see a one-handed violinist play the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, you can always say that there's a story behind the notes," the musician said.

 Anantawan was born without a right hand. The son of parents of Thai-Chinese descent living in Ontario, Anantawan nonetheless began taking music lessons when he was nine, with a rehabilitation center in his native Toronto helping to create an adaptive device for his violin.

These experiences transformed his life. His memories of life before this point were of being "marginalized" in school for being "slightly different," he said. But his world opened when he joined a chamber orchestra at age 12 and the focus became the sound he created, rather than how he looked, he has said.

Fast-forward eleven years and his musical exploration would bring him to a solo debut performance, playing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The performance was captured in a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary, "Adrian Anantawan: The Story Behind the Notes."

Next came entrance to Philadelphia's prestigious Curtis Institute of Music for a bachelor's degree, and later to Yale University, where he received his master's degree in music in 2006.

Since then, his professional career has included performances at the Athens 2006 SummeOlympic Games and Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Aspen Music Festival. He has performed extensively in Canada as a soloist with the Orchestras of Toronto, Nova Scotia, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Classical Music and the Movies

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

Almost anyone can recognize Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Like, Orff's O Fortuna, Rhapsody in Blue is featured in many movies and television shows. Some consider it strictly jazz while others say it's classical, when in all actuality, it's a perfect combination of both. Here's an interesting fact, when Gershwin was commissioned to write the piece, he wrote it so speedily he didn't have time to compose the part for piano. At its first performance, Gershwin improvised the piano part. Later, it was finally composed.

Hear Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in the movies Fantasia 2000 and Manhattan.

Mozart Gets Credit for Two “New” Musical Pieces

Mike Vogl/European Pressphoto Agency
The scores attributed to Mozart, in his father’s handwriting.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart continues to make us wonder when his next long-lost composition will emerge from an attic somewhere in Central Europe. In January 2009, the then newly-discovered composition was performed for the first time after being found in a library in Southern France. Now, two new works have popped up in a likely place – inside a music book used during his sister’s clavier lessons.

The two musical fragments – formerly considered anonymous scribblings – are now believed to make up a full movement of a keyboard concerto written by Amadeus himself. The music remained among many pieces that were hand-written inside the practice book, 18 of which had already credited a precocious Wolfgang. Now, it seems that the two new works were indeed written by a young Mozart.

In a
New York Times interview, Ulrich Leisinger – the Mozarteum research director responsible for the find – estimates that the pieces were written around 1763, when our beloved Wolfgang was just 7. He believes the concerto “was composed by someone with high ambitions but lacking the expertise to write out the music.”

A Mozart family portrait, about 1780-81: Wolfgang, center, with his sister Maria Anna (known as Nannerl), and father, Leopold.

Dr. Fuddle's Atlanta Holiday Tree Lighting Update: 8 PM (not 9 PM)

Dr. Fuddle and the Atlantic Station Tree Lighting
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2012, Downtown Atlanta, 17th Street
Musical Performances from 12-8

Dr. Warren Woodruff, author of Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton
Will be signing books all day in Dr. Fuddle’s Holiday Booth
$25 Hardback Collector’s Edition/$15 Soft Cover


Dr. Fuddle's Top Ten Composers

7.    Franz Liszt 

(1811-1886), Hungarian romantic pianist and composer, most noted for being the first musical “superstar,” the greatest pianist of all time, creating some of the most demanding virtuoso piano music in the repertoire, such as the Sonata in b minor, the Mephisto Waltz, the Transcendental Etudes, Hungarian Rhapsodies; also noted for his development of the symphonic poem.

Listen to Nocturne in A flat Major No. 3 (Liebestraume - Dream of Love - Love Dreams) & Excerpts from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C Sharp