The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - As congenial to reels, adults and children, even concentration camps, lumber camps, men and women, ragas, concert halls, by pros and amateurs, and indie rock as it is to solo Bach and late Beethoven, Delta blues, churches, alone or in groups, in bars, it has been played standing or sitting, 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, times, played, and travels of a remarkable instrument and the people who have made, sold, and cherished it. A 16-ounce package of polished wood, strings, the violin is perhaps the most affordable, portable, and air, and adaptable instrument ever created.

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, who turned it into a global collectible; and incomparable performers from Paganini and Joachim to Heifetz and Oistrakh, Schoenbaum lays out the business, to Stradivari and the Golden Age of Cremona; Vuillaume and the Hills, politics, when violin makers acquired their craft from box makers, and art of the world’s most versatile instrument.

The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument #ad - 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, it was established on five continents as an icon of globalization, modernization, and social mobility, and a potential capital gain. In the violin, dealers, david schoenbaum has combined the stories of its makers, and players into a global history of the past five centuries.

By the end of the violin’s first century, people were just discovering its possibilities.

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Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection

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Random House #ad - A great violin is alive, ” said Yehudi Menuhin of his own Stradivarius. In this fascinating book, toby faber traces the rich, multilayered stories of six of these peerless instruments–five violins and a cello–and the one towering artist who brought them into being. Blending history, meticulous detective work, and an abiding passion for music, biography, Faber embarks on an absorbing journey as he follows some of the most prized instruments of all time.

Paganini supposedly made a pact with the devil to transform the art of the violin–and by the end of his life he owned eleven Strads. Tis god gives skill, but not without men’s hands: He could not make Antonio Stradivari’s violins without Antonio. George eliotantonio stradivari 1644—1737 was a perfectionist whose single-minded pursuit of excellence changed the world of music.

In the course of his long career in the northern Italian city of Cremona, he created more than a thousand stringed instruments; approximately six hundred survive. Then there’s the davidov cello, in the 1980s, fashioned in 1712 and lovingly handed down through a succession of celebrated artists until, it passed into the capable hands of Yo-Yo Ma.

Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection #ad - In the pages of this book, the intrigue, Faber invites us to share the life, the passion, and the incomparable beauty of the world’s most marvelous stringed instruments. Mysteries and unanswered questions proliferate from the outset–starting with the enigma of Antonio Stradivari himself. 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.

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Antonio Stradivari: His Life and Work Dover Books on Music

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Dover Publications #ad - Some of the topics discussed under these main headings are: stradivari's apprenticeship to Amati; comparison of his work with that of Amati; the tone of the pre-1684 Stradivari violin; changes between 1684 and 1690; distinguishing characteristics of many existing violins, their specific location, violas, and cellos, etc.

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, makers of instruments, violinists, historians of culture, and those who count themselves simply as music lovers will find this to be an extremely interesting and informative account. It is strange, but true, that only one book really delves into the life and art of this famous Italian craftsman.

Antonio Stradivari: His Life and Work Dover Books on Music #ad - Collectors have paid many thousands of dollars for one of Stradivari's violins. The incomparable visual beauty of his instruments and the infinite variety and magnificence of tone of which they are capable have by this time passed into the realm of legend. Leading appraisers of fine musical instruments agree that in the art of making violins, no one has ever gone beyond the achievement of Antonio Stradivari.

That is the book published in 1902 by the three Hill brothers of the London violin-making firm.

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Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust-Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour

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Harper Perennial #ad - A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. The violin has formed an important aspect of jewish culture for centuries, both as a popular instrument with classical Jewish musicians—Jascha Heifetz, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman—and also a central factor of social life as part of the enduring Klezmer tradition.

Grymes tells the amazing, and inspiring story of the violins of the Holocaust, and of Amnon Weinstein, the renowned Israeli violinmaker who has devoted the past twenty years to restoring these instruments in tribute to those who were lost, horrifying, including 400 members of his own family. Juxtaposing tales of individual violins with one man’s harrowing struggle to reconcile his own family’s history and the history of his people, affecting, it is a poignant, and ultimately uplifting look at the Holocaust and its enduring impact.

Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust-Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind's Darkest Hour #ad - For some musicians, the instrument was a liberator; for others, it was a savior that spared their lives. But during the holocaust, the violin assumed extraordinary new roles within the Jewish community. Above all, the violins of the Holocaust represented strength and optimism for the future. In violins of Hope, music historian James A.

For many, the violin provided comfort in mankind’s darkest hour, in at least one case, and, helped avenge murdered family members.

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Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching Dover Books on Music

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Dover Publications #ad - This edition features a new Introduction by Sally Thomas, violin virtuoso and Galamian's former student. His tutelage has produced astonishing results with students, many of whom rank among the world's most acclaimed concert artists and orchestral concertmasters. Suitable for violin teachers and students of all ages and levels, this guide presents general principles and offers practical suggestions related to posture, vibrato movements, trills, bowing patterns, holding the instrument and bow, tone production, double stops, intonation, and many other facets of playing and practice.

Ivan galamian, a longtime juilliard professor, incorporates aspects of both the Russian and French schools in a system both ingenious and logical. A celebrated instructor explains his philosophy of teaching and practice methods, including the appropriate combination of technique and interpretation.

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Nicolo Paganini: With an Analysis of His Compositions and a Sketch of the History of the Violin Dover Books on Music

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Dover Publications #ad - Author françois-joseph fétis was Paganini's close friend and well acquainted with many other Romantic composers and artists. Written by an immensely important musicologist, this rare 1860 monograph analyzes Nicolo Paganini's compositions and provides a fascinating history of the violin. The subsequent essay, "art and Artists, " provides a concise review of performances, focusing on the Italian and French schools.

Students of the history of music, violinists, music lovers, and musicologists will find this volume a rare source of firsthand observations on the legendary violin virtuoso and his circle. The treatise begins with a survey of the violin's history that profiles famous makers, Stradivari, including the Amati, and Guarneri families.

Nicolo Paganini: With an Analysis of His Compositions and a Sketch of the History of the Violin Dover Books on Music #ad - The biography of paganini follows, personal habits, providing rare perspectives on the artist's playing, and social behavior — a colorful portrait of a legendary musician as well as a valuable historical resource.

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Violin-Making: A Historical and Practical Guide Dover Books on Music

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Dover Publications #ad - This classic guide offers an accessible initiation into the mysteries 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, theoretical and Practical Treatise on the Science and Art of Violin-Making for the Use of Violin Makers and Players, As It Was and Is: Being a Historical, this volume has enlightened and informed generations of performers and players alike.

The knowledge, skill, and experience heron-Allen acquired in the master's shop are reflected in this book, theory, which was the first to combine the history, and practice of violin-making. A fascinating history of the instrument precedes discussions of materials and construction techniques. More than 200 diagrams, engravings, and photographs complement the text.

Violin-Making: A Historical and Practical Guide Dover Books on Music #ad - Author edward heron-allen served an apprenticeship with Georges Chanot, a preeminent nineteenth-century violin maker.

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The Violin Maker: A Search for the Secrets of Craftsmanship, Sound, and Stradivari

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - 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. A stunning work of narrative nonfiction that's also a finely crafted, loving homage to the instrument that most closely approximates the human voice.

How does a simple piece of wood become a violin, a brooklyn craftsman, commissions Sam Zygmuntowicz, the king of instruments? Watch and find out as Eugene Drucker, a member of the world–renowned Emerson String Quartet, to make him a new 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.

The Violin Maker: A Search for the Secrets of Craftsmanship, Sound, and Stradivari #ad - 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. Marchese takes readers from start to finish as zygmuntowicz builds the violin, from the first selection of the wood, through the carving of the scroll and the fingerboard, to the cutting of the back and belly, to the placement of the sound peg.

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Violin For Dummies

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For Dummies #ad - This book shows you how to teach yourself the basics so you can start playing quickly. The included audio and video instruction encourages you to play along as you learn, see, and allow you to hear, and imitate proper technique. 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.

Before you know it, you'll be playing classical, country, jazz, and more, as you become a bona fide violin player. Anyone can learn, and practice over time will refine your technique and your musical style. 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, jazz, and other popular styles of music The violin has a reputation of being difficult to learn, but the reality is that it's difficult to master.

Violin For Dummies #ad - Get started today, the easy way, with Violin For Dummies. The violin's small size, portability, and mimicry of the human voice have made it popular across cultures and throughout time. 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 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. From choosing the right violin for you to playing a variety of musical styles, this book has you covered. You'll learn how to read — and feel — the music, and how to inject your own personality into whatever you play.

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America's Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve

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Penguin Books #ad - Senate and an archetypal gilded age legislator; carter glass, virginia congressman who chaired the House Banking Committee at a crucial moment of political transition; and President Woodrow Wilson, if then little-known, the ambitious, the academician-turned-progressive-politician who forced Glass to reconcile his deep-seated differences with bankers and accept the principle anathema to southern Democrats of federal control.

Readers of this gripping historical narrative will wonder whether they’re reading about one hundred years ago or the still-seething conflicts that mark our discussions of banking and politics today.  . It took an economic meltdown, a high-level tour of Europe, and—improbably—a conspiratorial effort by vilified captains of Wall Street to overcome popular resistance.

By the first decade of the twentieth century, it had become plain that the outmoded banking system was ill equipped to finance America’s burgeoning industry. For nearly a century, alone among developed nations, America, refused to consider any central or organizing agency in its financial system. Americans’ mistrust of big government and of big banks—a legacy of the country’s Jeffersonian, small-government traditions—was so widespread that modernizing reform was deemed impossible.

America's Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve #ad - Aldrich, the reigning power broker in the U. S. America’s bank showcases lowenstein at his very finest: illuminating complex financial and political issues with striking clarity, presidents, and painting unforgettable portraits of Gilded Age bankers, infusing the debates of our past with all the gripping immediacy of today, and politicians.

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Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven

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Vintage #ad - Gardiner’s aim is “to give the reader a sense of inhabiting the same experiences and sensations that Bach might have had in the act of music-making. Johann sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. John eliot gardiner takes us as deeply into Bach’s works and mind as perhaps words can.

This, i try to show, can help us arrive at a more human likeness discernible in the closely related processes of composing and performing his music. It is very rare that such an accomplished performer of music should also be a considerable writer and thinker about it. The result is a unique book about one of the greatest of all creative artists.

Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven #ad -  . This has entailed piecing together the few biographical shards, scrutinizing the music, and watching for those instances when Bach’s personality seems to penetrate the fabric of his notation. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who when we can discern his personality at all seems so ordinary, so opaque—and occasionally so intemperate? John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every morning and evening on the stairs of his parents’ house, where it hung for safety during World War II.

He has been studying and performing Bach ever since, and is now regarded as one of the composer’s greatest living interpreters. The fruits of this lifetime’s immersion are distilled in this remarkable book, how his music is constructed, grounded in the most recent Bach scholarship but moving far beyond it, how he worked, and explaining in wonderful detail the ideas on which Bach drew, how it achieves its effects—and what it can tell us about Bach the man.

Gardiner’s background as a historian has encouraged him to search for ways in which scholarship and performance can cooperate and fruitfully coalesce.

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