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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.

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Edited by Robin Stowell


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.


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45 b/w illus.


Contents

  • 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.

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