The first performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, in 1806, was a little shaky. Some musicians had to sight-read the hastily finished and unrehearsed final parts. At one point, a violinist is said to have flipped his instrument upside down, stroking only one string in a composition of his own — either out of annoyance or showmanship for what he could do with almost no time to prepare. (We’ll point out this guy had about 160 years on Jimi Hendrix’s shredding from behind... More >>>