British Violin Makers

British Violin Makers


By (author) William Meredith Morris

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  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 212mm x 28mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Gretna, LA
  • ISBN 10: 1589802209
  • ISBN 13: 9781589802209
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 707,689

Product description

This adaptable instrument's origins date back centuries. Celtic legends amuse us with mystical stories describing the creation of stringed music but practical history recounts that the modern birth of the violin occurred in Italy as early as the sixteenth century. The skilled craft of hand production was renowned in France as well but it is the British classic type and its history that W. Meredith Morris writes about in British violin makers. This classic, comprehensive reference to violin making, reprinted in 1920, features a biographical dictionary of craftsmen, along with many of their signatures and marks. 26 photographs of selected makers and their instruments help place the contemporary reader in the style of the period. Reverend Morris's second edition improves upon the first 1904 edition by adding more than 150 names to the list of makers who produced six violins or more. A new foreword by music scholar Benjamin Hebbert explains the important role British violin makers played in the development of the instrument.

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Rev. W. Meredith Morris (1867 - 1921) was well known for his studies of the music, dialect and folklore of his native Wales. Music scholar Benjamin Hebbert (D.Phil, Oxford University, St. Cross College.) is a senior fellow in art history at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Originally published in 1904 and expanded in 1920, this comprehensive illustrated reference work features a biographical dictionary of craftsmen and a critical description of their work, along with many of the luthiers' signatures and marks. The author includes introductory essays on the "Old School" makers of the eighteenth century and the revival of violinmaking in Britain by the "Modern School." Reverend Morris also devotes whole chapters to the manufacture of violin bridges and the various string makers. The author's expertise as a folklorist informs the chapter "Legend, Art, and Myth," which explores the violin's role in the culture and literature of the British Isles, including an amusing collection of fiddle-related proverbs and colloquial expressions. The appendixes address such issues as violin fatigue, the use of the names "fiddle" versus "violin," and the effects of wood and climate on tone.Rev. W. Meredith Morris (1867-1921) was well known for his studies of the music, dialect, and folklore of his native Wales.