The Violin Bookby Tony Bacon
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… See more details below
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.
- Hal Leonard Corporation
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- 10.51(w) x 13.39(h) x 1.06(d)
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