The poem “Violin” was inspired by the music played by a wonderful musician, Ralitsa Tcholakova. I had the pleasure to hear her play the violin at a concert, Women of Note- Music by European Women Composers. It was organized to honour women composers for International Women’s Day (March 8th). All the performers played beautifully, but there was something about the violin that really spoke to me.
Did you know that violin may be the instrument that is closest to the human voice? Some recent studies even suggest that makers of Stradivarius violins of the 1700s were trying to imitate the human voice when they were making their instruments. I don’t know whether they are right or not, I’ll leave the facts to scientists, and will instead share my personal, poetic interpretation of violin music.