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An analysis of the physics and physiology involved in playing the cello. For performers, teachers, and mature students.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253210050
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Paperback Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,216,925
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

GERHARD MANTEL is Professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Müsik, Frankfurt, and a noted concert artist. BARBARA HAIMBERGER THIEM teaches cello and is artist-in-residence at Colorado State University.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Janos Starker
Translator’s Note

Part One: Goal-Directed Movement
I. On Controlling Movement
General Issues
Goal Conception
Control of Movement
II. The Physics of Movement
Energy and Mass
Energy Reserve and Looseness
III. Movement As Gestalt
Movement in Space
Movement in Time

Part Two: The Fingerboard
IV. Position Change
Total Body Movement during Position Change
Rotation of the Body and the Leg Muscles
Elasticity of the Body
Breathing and Position Change
Bow Direction and Position Change
Portamento and Rhythm
Movement of the Left Arm during Position Change
Movement of the Hand and Fingers during Position Change
Finger Activity during the Anticipatory Movement
V. Placement of Fingers, Hand, and Arm Within One Position
Hand and Position
The First Four Positions
The Transitional Positions (Fifth to Seventh)
The Thumb Positions
String Crossings and Double Stops
VI. Movement Within the Hand
The Trill
VII. Vibrato
Vibrato as a Means of Expression: Frequency and Amplitude
Vibrato Movement of the Arm
Application of Vibrato
Vibrato and Pitch Level

Part Three: The Bow
VIII. The Bowed String
How Is a Sound Produced on the String?
Change of Volume: Pressure, Speed, and Contact Point
Sound Colors
Speed, Pressure, and Contact Point in Their Practical Application
Problems of Sound Production: How to Make a String Speak
IX. Transmission of Pressure to the String
Arm Weight
Moment of Rotation (Rotational Force)
Pressure Relationships in the Bow Hand
Holding the Bow
Slanting the Instrument
X. Movement of the Right Arm
Upper Arm and Forearm in a Whole-Bow Stroke
Hand and Finger Movements during a Whole-Bow Stroke
Bow Change
String Change
Simultaneous Bow and String Change
XI. Different Kinds of Bowing
Off-the-String Bowings

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2001

    A Great Book for Cellists

    This book covers every concievable facet of cello playing. It a must for any cellist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2001

    This is NOT an instruction book

    This is an analysis of the physics and physiology of playing cello. I gave it 3 stars, but I don't mean it's not great. It is, but this is not a cello method. Just to help 'co-customer' who is looking for a 'how to play the cello' book...

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