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One Hundred Years of Violoncello : A History of Technique and Performance Practice, 1740-1840 - Valerie Walden

One Hundred Years of Violoncello

A History of Technique and Performance Practice, 1740-1840


Published: 19th August 2004
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This is the first book to address the full range of performance issues for the cello from the Baroque to the early Romantic period. The development of playing techniques and stylistic transitions are traced regionally through a comparison of Italian, French, German, English, and East European performance traits. Through a close study of contemporary violoncello methods, music, early instruments, periodicals, diaries, letters and pictures, Walden provides a cohesive overview which examines construction methods for instruments and bows, fingering and bowing techniques, special effects and ornamentation, accompanying skills and the stylistic preferences of the most famous soloists. Richly illustrated with over 300 music examples, plates and figures, this book provides playing instructions which can easily be applied by modern players to their own performance of period music.

"Performers and students of the violoncello and its music will find this volume a welcome addition to their libraries." The Beethoven Journal

Violoncello and schools of performance
Development of the violoncello
The bow grip and instrument hold
The development of fingering techniques
Bow strokes and their execution
Special effects
Rules of ornamentation
The art of accompaniment
Elements of aesthetics and style
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ISBN: 9780521607612
ISBN-10: 0521607612
Series: Cambridge Musical Texts and Monographs
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 19th August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.59