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    Stradivari (Musical Performance and Reception (Hardcover)) (Hardback) By (author) Stewart Pollens

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    DescriptionFor over 200 years, Antonio Stradivari has been universally regarded as the greatest violin maker who ever lived, yet it is not widely known that he made virtually every kind of bowed- and plucked-string instrument popular in the Baroque period, including lutes, viols, mandolins, guitars, and harps. Stradivari provides a fascinating biography of this legendary maker, based on newly discovered material in church and civic archives, alongside technical descriptions and analyses of many of the maker's workshop materials preserved in the Museo Stradivariano in Cremona, particularly as they relate to extant and lost instruments, baroque stringing and instrument adjustment, and early performance practice. There are separate chapters for each type of instrument, allowing the reader to easily locate information. The book contains tables of measurements of Stradivari's forms and patterns, over 100 black and white photographs and drawings, and colour photographs of 16 of Stradivari's most important violins, violas, and cellos.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stewart Pollens
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 366
    Width: 219 mm
    Height: 276 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 1,140 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521873048
    ISBN 10: 0521873045

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: MUS
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Libri: I-MU
    BIC subject category V2: AVS
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: AVR
    B&T General Subject: 540
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BISAC V2.8: MUS000000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15950
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: WCX
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    DC22: 787.21923092
    BISAC V2.8: MUS023040
    LC classification: ML424.S8 P65 2010
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    Thema V1.0: AVS
    Illustrations note
    135 b/w illus. 16 colour illus. 32 tables
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    Publication date
    01 April 2010
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    Author Information
    Stewart Pollens served as the conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1976 to 2006, where his duties included the restoration and maintenance of the museum's encyclopedic collection of over 5000 instruments.
    Review quote
    '... this is a masterly study by an acknowledged expert ...' The Tablet ' ... for practitioners and teachers of any of the instruments investigated - the book is an extremely important tool in understanding the history and development of those instruments. It contains a great deal of useful resources: three appendices, extensive routes on primary and secondary sources, and a splendid bibliography. it is very much a book to be dipped into time and time again. Music Teacher
    Table of contents
    Preface; 1. Historical background; 2. Stradivari's workshop materials; 3. The violin forms and patterns; 4. Violin fittings and setup; 5. The dance master's kit; 6. The viola da gamba and viola d' amore; 7. The lute; 8. The mandola and mandolino; 9. The guitar; 10. The harp; 11. The workshop; Appendices: 1. The Hill Bass-Bar collection; 2. Thomas Salmon's 'The Theory of Musick Reduced to Arithmetical and Geometric Proportions' from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1705; 3. A case study: The 'Messiah'; Color plates.