The Cambridge Companion to the Violin

The Cambridge Companion to the Violin

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The Cambridge Companion to the Violin offers students, performers, and scholars a fascinating and composite survey of the history and repertory of the instrument from its origins to the present day. The volume comprises fifteen essays, written by a team of specialists, and is intended to develop the violin's historical perspective in breadth and from every relevant angle. The principal subjects discussed include the instrument's structure and development; its fundamental acoustical properties; principal exponents; technique and teaching principles; solo and ensemble repertory; pedagogical literature; traditions in folk music and jazz; and aspects of historical performing practice. The text is supported by numerous illustrations and diagrams as well as music examples, a useful appendix, glossary of technical terms, and an extensive bibliography.show more

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1. The violin and bow - origins and development John Dilworth; 2. The physics of the violin Bernard Richardson; 3. The violinists of the baroque and classical periods Simon McVeigh; 4. The nineteenth century bravura tradition Robin Stowell; 5. The twentieth century Eric Wen; 6. The fundamentals of violin playing and teaching Adrian Eales; 7. Technique and performing practice Robin Stowell; 8. Aspects of contemporary technique (with comments about Cage, Feldman, Scelsi and Babbitt) Paul Zukofsky; 9. The concerto Robin Stowell; 10. The sonata Robin Stowell; 11. Other solo repertory; 12. The violin as ensemble instrument Peter Allsop; 13. The pedagogical literature Robin Stowell; 14. The violin - instrument of four continents Peter Cooke; 15. The violin in jazz Max Harrison; Appendix: Principal violin treatises.show more

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