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  • 45 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 320 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.56 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 787.2
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: ML800 .C35 1992
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Violin
    • Violin music--History and criticism
    • State governments--India

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521399234 | ISBN-10: 0521399238)

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.

• Offers students, performers and scholars a thorough survey of the instrument and its origins • Includes information on the instrument's structure; history; teaching principles; acoustics; folk and jazz performance; solo and ensemble repertory; historical performance • Can be used by students as a textbook


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.


John Dilworth, Bernard Richardson, Simon McVeigh, Robin Stowell, Eric Wen, Adrian Eales, Paul Zukofsky, Peter Allsop, Peter Cooke, Max Harrison

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