anonymous asked:

Can you told us all the repertory had you evet play? In orden

first, I would like to say that at the time that I was learning all of these pieces, there were all horrendously out of reach for me. I could barely play most of the pieces I was learning at the time, because my violin teacher basically thought it was best to throw me into roaring water and force me to learn how to swim. and it worked. I can play most of the pieces I’m about to list pretty fluently now, so I guess my main point is that you guys should try to play whatever pieces you want. they’ll only make you stronger.


my first year of playing:

-miscellaneous 7th grade second violin music

-seitz student concerto number 3 (like the first two pages)

-bach a minor concerto (the first page) ^I struggled with these two

-vivaldi a minor concerto third movement (the first piece I actually could play)

my second year:

-czardas by vittorio monti

allegro brillante by william ten have

-first movement of mozart’s fifth violin concerto (it was hell. I barely knew fifth position and I felt like I was floating around aimlessly on the fingerboard)

-probably some other piece I’m forgetting because I am actively blocking most of this year from my memory

my third year:

-first movement of the kabalevsky violin concerto (honestly, this concerto is probably in my top five favorite violin concertos. it’s great. if you’re snooping around this list for ideas of pieces to learn, try this one)

-summer by vivaldi

-mendelssohn violin concerto (I started sightreading it this year but didn’t tell my teacher and ended up studying the first movement in my fourth year shh)

-prelude and allegro by kreisler (again, sightreading without my teacher’s permission. I did a ton of sightreading this year)

-zigeurnerweisen by sarasate. honestly don’t remember how I jumped from vivaldi to this. it just sort of happened and it worked. 

my fourth year:

-the third movement of the bruch violin concerto in g minor (but I got bored with it so it’s not totally learned)

-some of the bach e major partita

-the first movement of samuel barber’s violin concerto (good stuff)

-I actually started learning the mendelssohn

-currently: the first movement of the sibelius violin concerto. again, not sure how I got here, but I don’t feel like I’m struggling with it

-also: novacek perpetual motion and 24th paganini caprice

and for a list of miscellaneous things I’ve found and messed around with on my own:

-kreisler’s love’s sorrow

-weinawski 2nd violin concerto

-vitali’s chaconne

-most of the unaccompanied bach (never said I played it well)

-malaguena by sarasate


In the summer of 2014, a team led by the Museum’s Provost of Science Mike Novacek and Paleontology Division Chair Mark Norell headed to the Gobi for the joint American Museum of Natural History/Mongolian Academy of Sciences expedition. The group included Aki Watanabe, one of Mark Norell’s students at the Museum’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, who was recently chosen as a beta-tester for Google Glass and who recorded video on Glass throughout the trip.

In this video, Watanabe finds a fossil dinosaur nest, and shows how he extracts and packages it to return to the lab for further research.

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions—times when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out large dinosaurs. And this time, the cataclysm is us.

In our latest podcast, hear from Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the new book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and Michael Novacek, senior vice president and provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, as they discuss the process of extinction—and the role humanity plays in it.


#ShelfLife returns in 360. Join a 1920s fossil-hunting expedition to the Gobi Desert with Roy Chapman Andrews, then step into the Museum’s modern-day collections with paleontologist Mike Novacek to discover how these finds are studied today. Take a deeper look at the episode. 

The Sixth Extinction with Elizabeth Kolbert
Elizabeth Kolbert and Mike Novacek
The Sixth Extinction with Elizabeth Kolbert

Congratulations to author Elizabeth Kolbert on winning the Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for her book “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.”  

On February 27, 2014, Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for the The New Yorker magazine and author of the new book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and Michael Novacek, senior vice president and provost of science at the American Museum of Natural History, discussed the process of extinction—and the role humanity plays in it. The event was moderated by science writer and video journalist Flora Lichtman.

Listen to the podcast above or download it on iTunes

How to Build a Titanosaur: Sparks fly as pieces of the Titanosaur are prepped for its January 15 debut at the American Museum of Natural History.

You’re invited to toast the Titanosaur on opening night! Join paleontologists Diego Pol, Mark Norell, and Mike Novacek for a night of conversation and cocktails under the Museum’s new stupendous sauropod. Get tickets. 

In an opinion piece in today’s New York Times, Michael Novacek, the Museum’s Provost of Science and a Curator in the Division of Paleontology, writes about Prehistory’s Brilliant Future

“Here we are, in the age of the microchip and the Mars explorer, and yet some of our most exciting and extraordinary scientific discoveries are extinct species in Earth’s fossil record.”

Read the full piece in the New York Times

“Right now we are deciding, without quite meaning to, which evolutionary pathways will remain open and which will forever be closed. No other creature has ever managed this, and it will, unfortunately, be our most enduring legacy.”

Hear from Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for the The New Yorker magazine and author of the new book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, at the American Museum of Natural History on Thursday, February 27. Science writer and video journalist Flora Lichtman will moderate a discussion with Michael Novacek, senior vice president and provost of science, on the process of extinction—and the role humanity plays in it.

Read a Q&A with Kolbert and the New York Times Book Review


In this new video from National Geographic, the American Museum of Natural History’s Michael Novacek, Senior Vice President and Provost of Science; Curator in the Division of Paleontology, discusses how taxidermy serves as both a record and memorial of the world’s threatened and extinct species.

Read more about taxidermy and its role in preservation and conservation.






The following season, the Cowboys finished with a 12–4 record, again defeating the 49ers in the NFC Championship (38-21), this time at the Rose Bowl, and again defeating the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII, 52–17. The Cowboys sent an NFL record 11 players to the Pro Bowl: Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Thomas Everett, Daryl Johnston, Russell Maryland, Nate Newton, Ken Norton Jr, Jay Novacek, Mark Stepnoski and Erik Williams. Emmitt Smith won his third rushing title despite missing the first two games of the season over a contract dispute, and was named both NFL and Super Bowl MVP.

Super Bowl XXVIII was an American football game between theNational Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys and theAmerican Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1993 season. The Cowboys defeated the Bills by the score of 30–13, winning their fourth Super Bowl in team history, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers and theSan Francisco 49ers for most Super Bowl wins. The game was played on January 30, 1994, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

This was the first time that the same two teams met in consecutive Super Bowls. The defending Super Bowl XXVII Cowboys finished with a 12–4 regular season record despite key players missing games due to injuries. The Bills were making their fourth consecutive Super Bowl appearance, but still seeking their first title, after also finishing with a 12–4 regular season record, largely through the strength of their no-huddle offense.

After trailing 13–6 at halftime, the Cowboys scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. The Bills had built their lead off of running back Thurman Thomas’ 4-yard touchdown run. But just 45 seconds into the third quarter, Thomas was stripped of the ball, and Dallas safety James Washington returned the fumble 46 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. From there, Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who was named the Super Bowl MVP, largely took over the game. On Dallas’ next possession, Smith was handed the ball seven times on an eight-play, 64-yard drive that was capped with his 15-yard touchdown run. He later scored on a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Overall, Smith had 30 carries for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also catching 4 passes for 26 yards.


Deltatheridium pretrituberculare

“Some of the best-known fossil specimens from the Gobi Desert are the dinosaur specimens. But equally spectacular, and equally important to science—even though they’re smaller—are these exquisite mammals from the age of the dinosaurs. This Deltatheridium has very sharp teeth, much like an opossum and indeed, these animals were probably very early relatives of marsupials.”

—Provost of Science and Curator of Paleontology Michael Novacek

The first Deltatheridium fossils were uncovered in the Gobi Desert by the Museum’s Central Asiatic Expedition team in the 1920s. More complete specimens discovered in the 1990s support the theory that marsupials—while most diverse today in South America and Australia—may have first evolved in Asia.

 For an inside look at more of the Museum’s collections, check out our new series Shelf Life with monthly original videos, featuring Dr. Novacek in Episode 1: 33 Million Things

Extinct Gecko-like Lizard Named for Museum Paleontologist

A fossil lizard first discovered nearly a century ago has been named for Mark Norell, Macaulay Curator in the Museum’s Division of Paleontology and chair of the division. The 130-million-year-old lizard, Norellius nyctisaurops, provides an important piece of the evolutionary story of geckos, and a detailed description of the new species is published today in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

On the surface, the new species looks like a primitive lizard with big eyes. But high-resolution x-ray computed tomography (CT) at the University of Texas, Austin, allowed researchers to look inside the skull of the little lizard. They discovered that its braincase is very specialized, and similar to modern geckos such as the tokay gecko (Gekko gecko).

Modern geckos tend to be most active at night. They have large eyes, but have lost the hole in their skull for the “pineal eye,” a light-sensing extension of the brain that protrudes through the top of the skull. Norellius retains this pineal hole, indicating that  it may have not been as devoted to a nocturnal lifestyle as are modern geckos.

“This tells us that geckos became ‘gecko-like’ inside their heads before they did in their faces,” says Jack Conrad, a Museum research associate and an assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology. Conrad described the lizard alongside co-author Juan Daza, a visiting faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University.

Norellius was collected in 1923 during the Museum’s Central Asiatic Expeditions to the Gobi Desert, a region where Norell and Michael Novacek, the Museum’s provost for science, have been leading fieldwork for the last 26 years. The lizard’s name also reflects its anatomy: Norellius nyctisaurops means “Norell’s lizard with eyes suited for nighttime.”

This story was originally published on the Museum blog. 


In 2013, the American Museum of Natural History launched an initiative to foster a series of innovative scientific expeditions that meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

The program, called Explore21, supports exploratory fieldwork that is multidisciplinary, heavily integrated with emerging technologies, and focused on delivering real-world applications by discovering new species, preserving biodiversity, and uncovering new knowledge about the natural world—even potentially human health.

Above, find images from the 2013 Explore21 expedition to the Solomon Islands in the left column, and images from the 2014 expedition to Papua New Guinea on the right.

Today, fastcompany published a piece about Explore21 by Museum Senior Vice President and Provost of Science, and Curator of Paleontology Michael Novacek. Here are some highlights of the piece, Inside The American Natural History Museum’s Plan To Double Down On Exploration:

What does exploration mean today? What lies beyond the ranges in this familiar world? These are questions we grapple with every day, and to answer them, we need a new sense of the unexplored. At the Museum we have encapsulated this new adventure in a strategy called Explore 21, an effort to re-define and re-arm the 21st-century explorer with new technology that allows entry into secret worlds.

Explore 21 brings greater resources to large team, multidisciplinary efforts. These teams set out for destinations that represent highest priorities for exploration, such as areas barely, if ever, explored previously, areas of high biological diversity, or areas that contain highly endangered habitats and species that urgently require our attention. This allows us to tackle some of the broadest possible questions that relate to the goals for modern exploration: What are the major drivers of the evolution of diversity? What are the effects of global climate change on a diversity of species in habitats or regions? Why are the tropics so richly endowed with species?

Our inaugural Explore 21 expedition in 2013, consisting of over 20 scientists and technicians on a six week cruise onboard the research vessel Alucia, arrived at the remote Solomon Islands in the Pacific. The surrounding waters harbored pristine, virtually unexplored marine habitats. Onboard, scientists worked in laboratories equipped for isolating and studying microorganisms and collecting and storing DNA.

Our second Explore 21 expedition, a six-week expedition in the dense rain forests of Papua New Guinea that is wrapping up this November, is a combination of traditional bushwhacking and reliance on technology to access areas hardly reachable by explorers in the Golden Age.”

Read the full story on FastCoExist.

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Tomorrow night, tune in to HBO to see kids share their thoughts on a range of issues that threaten our environment in the final chapter of the documentary series, Saving My Tomorrow.

In this series, scientists from the American Museum of Natural History explore stories with kids about the plants, animals, and ecosystems being affected by our changing Earth. Learn more about a couple of these scientists:

  • Chris Filardi is the director of Pacific Programs at the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. He has spent his career studying island birds and their unique ecologies, from working with indigenous communities to conserve island ecosystems to tracking the foraging behavior of Palm Cockatoos.
  • Mike Novacek is the Museum’s Provost of Science & Curator in the Division of Paleontology. In this video he talks about the ups and downs of fossil hunting:

  • Melanie Stiassny is the Herbert R. and Evelyn Axelrod Research Curator in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology. In this video she introduces the many ways to prepare a coelacanth specimen:

  • Mark Siddall is a Curator in the Museum’s Division of Invertebrate Zoology. In this video he explains the methods of venom delivery in the animal kingdom:

  • Paul Sweet is the Ornithology Collections Manager at the Museum. In this video, Sweet takes viewers inside the largest collection of bird specimens in the world:

  • Mandë Holford is a Research Associate at the Museum and Assistant Professor of Chemical Biology at Hunter College. Her research addresses the relatively unknown subject of predatory marine snails. Learn more about her work. 
  • Christopher Raxworthy is an Associate Curator in the Museum’s Division of Vertebrate Zoology. In this video, watch Raxworthy trek into the jungles of Madagascar in search of strange and unusual reptiles:

Saving My Tomorrow is a co-presentation of HBO Documentary Films and the American Museum of Natural History. Tune in to HBO on Wednesday, April 22.

The evolution of life on Earth is full of amazing episodes. But one story that especially captures the imagination is the transition from the familiar, charismatic dinosaurs that dominated the planet for around 170 million years into a new, small, airborne form: birds.

In this podcast, the Museum’s Provost of Science Michael Novacek discusses this transition and its representation in the new Museum exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us. Joining him are Ashley Heers, a postdoctoral fellow in paleontology at the Museum, and Mark Norell, the Macaulay Curator and Chair of the Division of Paleontology - and curator of the new exhibition.

This lecture took place at the Museum on March 15, 2016.

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