Erroneous views concerning stradivari's material; his preference for the wood of certain trees in given years; the mystery of the ingredients of Stradivari's varnish; the effect of varnish on tone; the measurements of Stradivari's instruments; the time spent by Stradivari in making a violin; the years of greatest production; the largest number dating from one year; estimate of the total number made; an estimate of the actual sum he charged for an instrument; the introduction of Stradivari instruments into France and England; the first revelation of their supreme merit; and many other interesting topics.
Musicologists, violinists, historians of culture, makers of instruments, and those who count themselves simply as music lovers will find this to be an extremely interesting and informative account. Expert violin-makers and critics of superior violin craftsmanship, these men had unique opportunities to examine and compare almost all of the great examples of Italian violin-making.
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That is the book published in 1902 by the three Hill brothers of the London violin-making firm.
Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring PerfectionRandom House #ad - Mysteries and unanswered questions proliferate from the outset–starting with the enigma of Antonio Stradivari himself. Then there’s the davidov cello, fashioned in 1712 and lovingly handed down through a succession of celebrated artists until, in the 1980s, it passed into the capable hands of Yo-Yo Ma.
In the pages of this book, the passion, Faber invites us to share the life, the intrigue, and the incomparable beauty of the world’s most marvelous stringed instruments. From the salons of vienna to the concert halls of New York, from the breakthroughs of Beethoven’s last quartets to the first phonographic recordings, Faber unfolds a narrative magnificent in its range and brilliant in its detail.
What made this apparently unsophisticated craftsman so special? why were his techniques not maintained by his successors? How is it that even two and a half centuries after his death, no one has succeeded in matching the purity, hidden, depth, copied, coveted, each of the six fabled instruments becomes a character in its own right–a living entity cherished by artists, and delicacy of a Stradivarius?In Faber’s illuminating narrative, bought and sold by princes and plutocrats, collected, lost, and occasionally played by a musician whose skill matches its maker’s.
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Blending history, meticulous detective work, biography, and an abiding passion for music, Faber embarks on an absorbing journey as he follows some of the most prized instruments of all time.
The Violin Maker: A Search for the Secrets of Craftsmanship, Sound, and StradivariHarperCollins e-books #ad - A stunning work of narrative nonfiction that's also a finely crafted, loving homage to the instrument that most closely approximates the human voice. Though much of the story takes place in the craftsman's museum–like Brooklyn workshop, there are side trips across the river to the rehearsal rooms of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln center, and across the world.
Stops on the itinerary include cremona, italy, the magical city where Antonio Stradivari and a few of his contemporaries achieved a level of violin–making perfection that has endured for centuries, as well as points in France and Germany integral to the history of the violin. As he tells this extraordinary story, journalist John Marchese shares the rich lore of this beloved instrument and illuminates an art that has barely changed since the Renaissance.
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The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile InstrumentW. W. Norton & Company #ad - The instrument surfaced from nowhere in particular, in a world that Columbus had only recently left behind and Shakespeare had yet to put on paper. From the earliest days, politics, schoenbaum lays out the business, to stradivari and the Golden Age of Cremona; Vuillaume and the Hills, when violin makers acquired their craft from box makers, who turned it into a global collectible; and incomparable performers from Paganini and Joachim to Heifetz and Oistrakh, and art of the world’s most versatile instrument.
But it was already the instrument of choice for some of the greatest music ever composed by the end of its second. By the dawn of its fifth, an a-list trophy, and social mobility, modernization, it was established on five continents as an icon of globalization, and a potential capital gain. In the violin, david schoenbaum has combined the stories of its makers, dealers, and players into a global history of the past five centuries.
The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument #ad - By the end of the violin’s first century, people were just discovering its possibilities. As congenial to reels, concert halls, even concentration camps, lumber camps, adults and children, it has been played standing or sitting, Delta blues, ragas, by pros and amateurs, churches, in bars, men and women, and indie rock as it is to solo Bach and late Beethoven, alone or in groups, at virtually any latitude on any continent.
Despite dogged attempts by musicologists worldwide to find its source, the violin’s origins remain maddeningly elusive. The life, played, times, and travels of a remarkable instrument and the people who have made, sold, and cherished it. A 16-ounce package of polished wood, and air, strings, portable, the violin is perhaps the most affordable, and adaptable instrument ever created.
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The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers Dover Books on MusicDover Publications #ad - A catalog of the family's masterpieces is organized by city and provides a detailed provenance for each instrument. He traces the craftsman's progress from Piacenza, and Parma to Turin, Cremona, Milan, where Guadagnini created his most prized stringed instruments. Originally published in 1949 in a very limited edition, this study remains the most comprehensive account of G.
Guadagnini's work and the legacy carried on by his descendants. Author Ernest N. Along with the instruments of stradivari and del Gesù, the violins of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini have long been favored by professional musicians for their responsiveness, tonal quality, and projection. B. Widely available for the first time in an affordable edition, this rare and authoritative work provides violinists, musicologists, and music history enthusiasts with a fascinating resource.
The Guadagnini Family of Violin Makers Dover Books on Music #ad - A new introduction by Stewart Pollens, a leading authority on musical instruments, offers historical perspectives. Doring conducted painstaking research into eighteenth-century documentation of Guadagnini's itinerant life.
Violin-Making: A Historical and Practical Guide Dover Books on MusicDover Publications #ad - More than 200 diagrams, engravings, and photographs complement the text. Author edward heron-allen served an apprenticeship with Georges Chanot, a preeminent nineteenth-century violin maker. A fascinating history of the instrument precedes discussions of materials and construction techniques. The knowledge, and experience heron-allen acquired in the master's shop are reflected in this book, theory, skill, which was the first to combine the history, and practice of violin-making.
Charming in its style and cultivated in its research, it covers every detail of the process, from wood selection to varnish. Originally published in 1884 as violin-making, amateur and professional, as it was and Is: Being a Historical, Theoretical and Practical Treatise on the Science and Art of Violin-Making for the Use of Violin Makers and Players, this volume has enlightened and informed generations of performers and players alike.
Violin-Making: A Historical and Practical Guide Dover Books on Music #ad - This classic guide offers an accessible initiation into the mysteries of violin-making.
Violin For DummiesFor Dummies #ad - The violin's small size, portability, and mimicry of the human voice have made it popular across cultures and throughout time. You'll learn how to read — and feel — the music, and how to inject your own personality into whatever you play. The included audio and video instruction encourages you to play along as you learn, and allow you to hear, see, and imitate proper technique.
From choosing the right violin for you to playing a variety of musical styles, this book has you covered. Anyone can learn, and practice over time will refine your technique and your musical style. This book shows you how to teach yourself the basics so you can start playing quickly. Get started today, the easy way, with Violin For Dummies.
Start with the basics of proper hold and bowing technique learn how to properly tune and care for your violin Understand the nuances of rhythm and musical notation Play classical, and other popular styles of music The violin has a reputation of being difficult to learn, jazz, but the reality is that it's difficult to master.
Violin For Dummies #ad - The beginner's guide to learning the violin — for any musical style Violin For Dummies helps you teach yourself to play the violin, even if you've never read a note of music. You'll start with the basics of posture and bowing technique, learn how to tune your instrument and keep it in beautiful condition with regular maintenance.
You'll have fun, make music, and maybe even fall in love with this instrument that has inspired some of the world's best musicians and composers. Before you know it, you'll be playing classical, and more, country, jazz, as you become a bona fide violin player.
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Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that would shape all of his future work. Jan swafford’s biographies of charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life.
Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph #ad - His magnificent new biography of ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world’s most iconic music. More than a decade in the making, this will be the standard Beethoven biography for years to come. .
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Bach in countless performances and recordings, the composer himself still comes across only as an enigmatic figure in a single familiar portrait. Wolff demonstrates the intimate connection between the composer's life and his music, performer, scholar, showing how Bach's superb inventiveness pervaded his career as musician, composer, and teacher.
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician Norton Paperback #ad - This engaging new biography portrays bach as the living, and sometimes imperfect human being that he was, breathing, while bringing to bear all the advances of the last half-century of Bach scholarship. With this highly readable book, Wolff sets a new standard for Bach biography. S. And throughout, we see Bach in the broader context of his time: its institutions, traditions, and influences.