Rockmore had a number of gifts that enabled her to play the Theremin so well. She had active perfect pitch, critical to playing an instrument that can generate tones of any frequency. She was a child prodigy as a violinist, but was unable to play it past her teen years, because of bone problems due to childhood malnutrition in her native Russia. She had extremely precise and rapid control of her movements, an absolute requirement for playing an instrument that depends on motion and proximity, rather than touch. One final advantage is that she worked with Léon Theremin directly from the early days of the instrument’s development. Indeed, a number of refinements of the early instruments were due to her input or were on her behalf.
Edited by zebraphobe on 10 Oct 2006, 03:19
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