The Amadeus Book Of The Violin

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First published in 1972, Walter Kolneder's Das Buch der Violine quickly established itself as the standard work on the violin, dealing with every aspect of the instrument in truly encyclopedic fashion: its construction, history, and literature; violin playing and teaching; and violin virtuosos through the ages. This first English-language edition is based on the fifth German edition, published in 1993, but includes information on recent developments not available to the author. ...
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Overview

First published in 1972, Walter Kolneder's Das Buch der Violine quickly established itself as the standard work on the violin, dealing with every aspect of the instrument in truly encyclopedic fashion: its construction, history, and literature; violin playing and teaching; and violin virtuosos through the ages. This first English-language edition is based on the fifth German edition, published in 1993, but includes information on recent developments not available to the author.

Part One examines the violin's construction and history, offering fascinating detail on woods, glues, varnishes, shapes and dimensions, and bows and strings. Part Two traces the evolution of the instrument's form, beginning with the violin's early history and continuing through the five centuries that have elapsed since it took its present shape. The author exhaustively treats not only the great masters of the Amati, Guarneri, and Stradivari families but luthiers everywhere in Europe and throughout the world.

Part Three is a chronological survey of the violin's musical aspects, treating performance techniques, pedagogical philosophy, and compositions for the violin from the sixteenth century onward. Kolneder examines the various national schools for their distinguishing characteristics and shows the influence of composers, virtuosos, and teachers upon the development of the modern violin and its music.

Together the three parts form the best single volume on the violin and its music, an extraordinary encyclopedic resource for the violinists as well as general music lovers.

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Library Journal
Since 1972, this encyclopedic volume on the construction, history, and lore of the violin has been an important resource. Pauly (music, emeritus, Lewis and Clark Coll.) has now translated and edited the most recent (1993) edition, bringing it further up to date by referencing material as recent as 1996. Kolneder, the late Austrian conductor and musicologist, divided his massive tome into three parts. The first, which deals with the physical instrument itself, contains detailed information on such diverse topics as bow-making, varnish, worm and crack damage, and string acoustics. This part, by necessity somewhat dry and pedantic, is followed by a remarkably inclusive history of the violin most impressive in its detailed examination of the various regional and national schools of violin-making throughout the world. The third part, titled "Performance, Pedagogy, and Composition," may be the most ambitious in scope; the section on virtuosi alone is worth the price. Pauly's updating is welcome, though one might have wished for more than just a brief mention of such outstanding ensembles as the Kronos and Arditti quartets. Essential.--Larry A. Lipkis, Moravian Coll., Bethlehem, PA
Booknews
A translation of the fifth edition (1993) of a German work (Das Buch der Violine), which was first published in 1972. This edition has been revised especially for English speakers, and the title has been expanded to reflect the fact that it goes beyond the original and includes new and updated material. Coverage includes details of all aspects of the violin, including construction, evolution, master violin makers, virtuoso performers, famous composers, performance techniques, and pedagogical philosophy. Not intended as a violin-making manual or as a musical teaching text, but rather as an encyclopedic overview of the violin. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574670387
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 1,120,448
  • Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.21 (d)

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