The Cambridge Companion to the Violin


Fifteen essays offer a composite survey of the history and repertory of the violin from its origins to the present day. The text is supplemented by an appendix, glossary and extensive bibliography.
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Fifteen essays offer a composite survey of the history and repertory of the violin from its origins to the present day. The text is supplemented by an appendix, glossary and extensive bibliography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521390330
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/10/1992
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Music Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on the contributors
List of abbreviations, fingering and notation
1 The violin and bow - origins and development 1
2 The physics of the violin 30
3 The violinists of the Baroque and Classical periods 46
4 The nineteenth-century bravura tradition 61
5 The twentieth century 79
6 The fundamentals of violin playing and teaching 92
7 Technique and performing practice 122
8 Aspects of contemporary technique with comments about Cage, Feldman, Scelsi and Babbitt 143
9 The concerto 148
10 The sonata 168
11 Other solo repertory 194
12 The violin as ensemble instrument 210
13 The pedagogical literature 224
14 The violin - instrument of four continents 234
15 The violin in jazz 249
Appendix: Principal violin treatises 257
Glossary of technical terms 261
Notes 267
Select bibliography 280
Index 290
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