Violin Technique and Performance Practice in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

Violin Technique and Performance Practice in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

by Robin Stowell
     
 
This volume is one of the first to examine in detail the numerous violin treatises of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It provides a scholarly historical and technical guide to pedagogical method, technique and performance practice relating to the violin c. 1760-c. 1840, arguably the most critical period in the history of the instrument.

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This volume is one of the first to examine in detail the numerous violin treatises of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It provides a scholarly historical and technical guide to pedagogical method, technique and performance practice relating to the violin c. 1760-c. 1840, arguably the most critical period in the history of the instrument.

Robin Stowell presents extracts in translation from the most significant and authoritative sources with introductions and commentary, and includes illustrations, extensive musical examples and a glossary of specific ornaments, to elucidate the technical and interpretative principles discussed. The passages are set in historical context, related to other often contrasting views and reconciled with the more practical problems of performance on period instruments and bows. Topics discussed in detail include the development of the violin and bow, posture, the violin and bow holds, bowing, fingering, shifting, timbre and tone production, double and multiple stopping, vibrato, harmonics, scordatura, pitch, tuning, intonation, expression, phrasing and specific and improvised ornamentation.

The book will provide an invaluable source of reference for those performers, editors and teachers who wish to cultivate a substantially authentic technical and stylistic approach to the violin music of the period and will serve as an admirable foundation for deeper investigation into the many vexing problems of performance practice.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'He offers us a well turned-out knowledgeable and agreeable companion. Every violin-lover's home should have one.' Musical Times

'[The book] provides a mass of useful information on the diverse attitudes of performers and teachers at a fascinating stage in the development of violin playing; substantial extracts from some of the most important voilin methods are quoted verbatim, making many of them available in English for the first time.' Music and Letters

'For a player, or anybody with an interest in the violin, this book is a valuable guide to the foundations of modern violin-technique.' The Galpin Society Journal

'Scholarship and practical music-making do not always go hand in hand, and their happy fusion in this valuable research by Robin Stowell is extremely topical and most enlightening. It must surely become essential reading for anyone interested in this repertoire.' Early Music

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521232791
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/24/1985
Series:
Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.98(d)

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