'Simple Gifts' Aaron Copland
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The magic of the Stradivarius: the most beautiful violins in the world
No one's entirely sure why Stradivarius instruments sound the way they do, but it could be to do with the type of wood used. Apparently, during the Little Ice Age (between 1645 - 1750), trees grew slower due to lower temperatures, and wood was more dense as a result. And dense wood means a better sound. Apparently.