The Violin Book

Overview

This lavish book features breathtaking color photos of the finest violins and bows from makers of every era -- from Stradivari and other Cremona masters to modern high-tech instruments. Detailed essays from international experts cover topics including profiles of the great players and their instruments; techniques of the classic builders; the marketplace of dealers, auction houses, and great collections; and the repertoire for the violin, with suggested classic recordings.

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Overview

This lavish book features breathtaking color photos of the finest violins and bows from makers of every era -- from Stradivari and other Cremona masters to modern high-tech instruments. Detailed essays from international experts cover topics including profiles of the great players and their instruments; techniques of the classic builders; the marketplace of dealers, auction houses, and great collections; and the repertoire for the violin, with suggested classic recordings.

The exquisite color photographs examine the major schools of violin building as far back as the 1500s. Readers learn that from the most famous Italian school came three generations of the Amati family,with the third receiving credit for defining the "classic pattern" for the violin. This evolutionary period also included highly esteemed Italian master builders such as Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu. Violins by makers in the German, French, English, Spanish, and Dutch schools are also pictured and described.

Many of the instruments shown are those of great violinists ranging from Nigel Kennedy to Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Anne-Sophie Muller, and Jascha Heifetz. In-depth profiles highlight these and other artists, their chosen violins, and associations with violin makers.

In-depth commentary from scholars is included on subjects such as the importance of the bow; traditional versus modern construction methods and materials, including step-by-step photos of the classic technique; how virtuoso violinists get access to the finest violins; tales of long-lost instruments; a chronology of key violin music, from Beethoven to Vivaldi, with composer bios and classic recordings; and how the violin made the jump into jazz, Celtic, Cajun, and pop music.

This spectacular collector's edition explores the birth and growth of the violin we know today, from the lira da braccio, to the viola da gamba, to the Baroque violin -- the inspiration for the classical instrument that remains virtually unchanged, even in the 1990s.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This coffee-table tome is both attractive and unusually informative. Compiled by a team of British musicologists, violinists, and instrument makers, this lavishly illustrated book is comparable to two recent encyclopedic titles: Walter Kolneder's The Amadeus Book of the Violin (LJ 9/15/98) and Yehudi Menuhin's The Violin (LJ 3/1/97). The present volume is not as detailed as Kolneder's, nor does it have the engaging, personal voice of Menuhin's, but it is surprisingly inclusive, particularly the section on instrument making, where dozens of clear, detailed photographs illustrate the text. The book is divided into six sections: the violin itself, including its history and construction; the bow; the virtuosi and various schools of violin playing; violin pedagogy; the violin market; and, finally, violin repertory. A certain subjectivity enters into the section on recommended recordings. The only disappointment is the short shrift given non-Classical and non-Western use of the violin. Nonetheless, this is an excellent resource for professional and amateur musicians alike, to be treasured as much for its beauty as for its wealth of information.--Larry A. Lipkis, Moravian Coll., Bethlehem, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879305536
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 10.51 (w) x 13.39 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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