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The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet

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Christina Bashford, Robin Stowell, Tully Potter, David Waterman, Simon Standage, David Wyn Jones, W. Dean Sutcliffe, Stephen E. Hefling, Jan Smaczny, Kenneth Gloag, Colin Lawson
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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521801942

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  • This survey of the string quartet by ten chamber music specialists focuses on four main areas: social and musical background to the genre's development; celebrated ensembles and their significance; and string quartet playing. It reviews aspects of contemporary and historical practice, including "mixed ensembles." Informative appendixes and a full chronology of the mainstream repertory complete this compact guide.

    • Was the first book to provide such a comprehensive view of the string quartet
    • Considers the repertory for string quartet as well as practical aspects of performance
    • Edited by the best-selling Cambridge editor of companions to the violin and cello
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    "Indeed the Companion's readability, together with its broad and timely coverage of topics and its fascinating selection of iconography (notably early photos of string quartets), entice the reader to further explore this music of friends." Notes

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    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521801942
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 14 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Social Changes and Organological Developments:
    1. The string quartet and society Christina Bashford
    2. Developments in instruments, bows and accessories Robin Stowell
    Part II. Celebrated Ensembles:
    3. From chamber to concert hall Tully Potter
    4. The concert explosion and the age of recording Tully Potter
    Part III. Playing String Quartets:
    5. Playing quartets: a view from the inside David Waterman
    6. Historical awareness in quartet performance Simon Standage
    7. Extending the technical and expressive frontiers Robin Stowell
    Part IV. The String Quartet Repertory:
    8. The origins of the quartet David Wyn Jones
    9. The Classical style: Haydn, Mozart and their contemporaries W. Dean Sutcliffe
    10. Beethoven and the Viennese legacy David Wyn Jones
    11. The Austro-Germanic quartet tradition in the nineteenth century Stephen E. Hefling
    12. Traditional and progressive nineteenth-century trends: France, Italy, Great Britain and America Robin Stowell
    13. Nineteenth-century national traditions and the string quartet Jan Smaczny
    14. The string quartet in the twentieth century Kenneth Gloag
    15. The string quartet as a foundation for larger ensembles Colin Lawson.

  • Editor

    Robin Stowell, Cardiff University
    Robin Stowell is Professor and Head of Music at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and a professional violinist who has written extensively on stringed instruments and performance. He is author of Violin Technique and Performance Practice in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries (1985), Beethoven: Violin Concerto (1998) and The Early Violin and Viola (2001), editor of Performing Beethoven (1994), The Cambridge Companion to the Violin (1992), The Cambridge Companion to the Cello (1999) and co-author of The Historical Performance of Music: An Introduction (1999), all published by Cambridge University Press.

    Contributors

    Christina Bashford, Robin Stowell, Tully Potter, David Waterman, Simon Standage, David Wyn Jones, W. Dean Sutcliffe, Stephen E. Hefling, Jan Smaczny, Kenneth Gloag, Colin Lawson

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