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See below for a selection of the latest books from String instruments category. Presented with a red border are the String instruments books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great String instruments books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord

The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord

Author: Mark (Boston University) Kroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2020

Written by fourteen leading experts in the field, this Companion covers almost every aspect of the harpsichord - the history of the instrument, tuning systems, the role of the harpsichord in ensemble, its use in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and includes separate chapters devoted to Domenico Scarlatti, J. S. Bach and Handel. Chapters featuring almost every national style are written by authors with close connections to the countries about which they are writing, including England, The Netherlands, Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, as well as the less extensive harpsichord traditions of Russia, the Nordic and Baltic countries, and colonial Spanish and Portuguese America. With musical examples, illustrations, a timeline of the harpsichord, and an appendix of composers, reliable editions and original sources, this book is for all who love the harpsichord, or want to learn more about it.

George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels and the History of American Fiddling

George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels and the History of American Fiddling

Author: Chris Goertzen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

George P. Knauff's Virginia Reels (1839) was the first collection of southern fiddle tunes and the only substantial one published in the nineteenth century. Knauff's activity could not anticipate our modern contest-driven fiddle subcultures. But the fate of the Virginia Reels pointed in that direction, suggesting that southern fiddling, after his time, would happen outside of commercial popular culture even though it would sporadically engage that culture. Chris Goertzen uses this seminal collection as the springboard for a fresh exploration of fiddling in America, past and present. He first discusses the life of the arranger. Then he explains how this collection was meant to fit into the broad stream of early nineteenth-century music publishing. Goertzen describes the character of these fiddle tunes' names (and such titles in general), what we can learn about antebellum oral tradition from this collection, and how fiddling relates to blackface minstrelsy. Throughout the book, the author connects the evidence concerning both repertoire and practice found in the Virginia Reels with current southern fiddling, encompassing styles ranging from straightforward to fancy old-time styles of the Upper South, exuberant West Virginia styles, and the melodic improvisations of modern contest fiddling. Twenty-six song sheets assist in this discovery. Goertzen incorporates performance descriptions and music terminology into his accessible, engaging prose. Unlike the vast majority of books on American fiddling regional tune collections or histories this book presents an extended look at the history of southern fiddling and a close examination of current practices.

String Methods for Beginners

String Methods for Beginners

Author: Selim Giray Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2020

String Methods for Beginners is designed for students to receive the essential playing and teaching skills on all orchestral string instruments. The goal of this textbook is to be truly methodical in its approach, and to assist the instructor, completely eliminating the need to do additional research, or reorganization in preparation to teach this class. Students will gain the basic knowledge and experience to teach bowed stringed instruments in public schools. String Methods for Beginners covers the necessary topics to learn and teach the violin, viola, cello, and string bass. It explores the fundamentals of those instruments and teaching considerations, utilizing a heterogeneous approach. As the primary resource to any college- and university-level String Techniques, String Methods, or Instrumental Methods class, this course book fits into a standard semester, comprised of 25 lessons, which correspond with two hourly classes per week for the term. It provides the instructor with the tools to teach a classroom of non-majors or string education majors, or a mixed classroom of both. FEATURES Offers a blueprint for a semester long string methods course. For beginning students, and also comprehensive for more in-depth study or for reference. Logical, step-by-step recipe-like approach.

String Methods for Beginners

String Methods for Beginners

Author: Selim Giray Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2020

String Methods for Beginners is designed for students to receive the essential playing and teaching skills on all orchestral string instruments. The goal of this textbook is to be truly methodical in its approach, and to assist the instructor, completely eliminating the need to do additional research, or reorganization in preparation to teach this class. Students will gain the basic knowledge and experience to teach bowed stringed instruments in public schools. String Methods for Beginners covers the necessary topics to learn and teach the violin, viola, cello, and string bass. It explores the fundamentals of those instruments and teaching considerations, utilizing a heterogeneous approach. As the primary resource to any college- and university-level String Techniques, String Methods, or Instrumental Methods class, this course book fits into a standard semester, comprised of 25 lessons, which correspond with two hourly classes per week for the term. It provides the instructor with the tools to teach a classroom of non-majors or string education majors, or a mixed classroom of both. FEATURES Offers a blueprint for a semester long string methods course. For beginning students, and also comprehensive for more in-depth study or for reference. Logical, step-by-step recipe-like approach.

The String Quartets of Beethoven

The String Quartets of Beethoven

Author: William Kinderman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2020

We do not understand music-it understands us. This aphorism by Theodor W. Adorno expresses the quandary and the fascination many listeners have felt in approaching Beethoven's late quartets. No group of compositions occupies a more central position in chamber music, yet the meaning of these works continues to stimulate debate. William Kinderman's The String Quartets of Beethoven stands as the most detailed and comprehensive exploration of the subject. It collects new work by leading international scholars who draw on a variety of historical sources and analytical approaches to offer fresh insights into the aesthetics of the quartets, probing expressive and structural features that have hitherto received little attention. This volume also includes an appendix with updated information on the chronology and sources of the quartets and a detailed bibliography.

The History of the Violin, and Other Instruments Played on with the Bow from the Remotest Times to the Present Also an Account of the Principal Makers, English and Foreign, with Numerous Illustrations

The History of the Violin, and Other Instruments Played on with the Bow from the Remotest Times to the Present Also an Account of the Principal Makers, English and Foreign, with Numerous Illustrations

Author: William Sandys, Simon Andrew Forster Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/2020

Solicitor and antiquary William Sandys (1792-1874) had a lifelong passion for music and took cello lessons from the renowned Robert Lindley. His principal interest, however, was the Christmas carol, particularly the ballad carol; his meticulous collection of examples ensured the survival of many melodies that are now well known. Simon Andrew Forster (1801-70), of the London-based family of stringed instrument makers and music sellers, took on the Frith Street business in 1824, but is best known for this collaboration with Sandys. First published in 1864, it is an important treatise of its time, not only for its history of bowed instruments, its survey of the principal makers in Europe, and its details relating to well-known orchestral and virtuoso string players, but also for its first-hand information on the Forster family, listing all the numbered Forster instruments, with the name, in many instances, of the first purchaser.

The Art of the Violin

The Art of the Violin

Never before available in English, this classic work is a major contribution to the art and technique of violin playing and an important document in the history of performance practice. A contemporary of Kreutzer and Rode, Pierre Marie Francois de Sales Baillot provides in his treatise many insights into the style of nineteenth-century fingering, bowing, ornamentation, and expressiveness that are not apparent from the directions and markings found in scores of that time. Such information will be invaluable for performers interested in understanding the intentions of composers such as Viotti, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. This complete, unabridged translation, which includes an extensive introduction by the translator, Louise Goldberg, and a foreword by Zvi Zeitlin, will be indispensable for musicologists, performers, and lovers of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century classical music.

The Indispensable Harp Historic Development, Modern Roles, Configurations and Performance Practices in Ecuador and Latin America

The Indispensable Harp Historic Development, Modern Roles, Configurations and Performance Practices in Ecuador and Latin America

Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2020

A musical instrument that has played a vital role in Latin American music cultures - the harp - is the subject of this work. John Schechter presents a history of the harp in Spain, traces its introduction into colonial Latin America, and describes its modern roles in the diverse cultural centres of Mexico, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and Peru. He then turns his focus to his own field research in the Quichua culture of northern highland Ecuador, an area that has received considerably less scholarly attention tthan many of its Latin American neighbours. The reader will meet a community of harp maistrus on the slopes of Mt Cotacachi and become familiar with their culture, their particular instrument and its turning, and their performance practices. Numerous photographs, musical transciptions, and diagrams illustrate and enliven the text. The Indispensable Harp integrates aspects of music and cultural history, organology and performance practice, treating in depth both broadly established music-historical processes and specific music-ethnographical practices. It speaks to the conclusion that the vital role of the harp in Latin American music history has now been properly acknowledged and documented.

Couldn't Have a Wedding without the Fiddler The Story of Traditional Fiddling on Prince Edward Island

Couldn't Have a Wedding without the Fiddler The Story of Traditional Fiddling on Prince Edward Island

Author: Ken Perlman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2020

Canada's Prince Edward Island is home to one of the oldest and most vibrant fiddling traditions in North America. First established by Scottish immigrants in the late eighteenth century, it incorporated the influence of a later wave of Irish immigrants as well as the unique rhythmic sensibilities of the Acadian French, the Island's first European inhabitants. In Couldn't Have a Wedding without the Fiddler, renowned musician and folklorist Ken Perlman combines oral history, ethnography, and musical insight to present a captivating portrait of Prince Edward Island fiddling and its longstanding importance to community life. Couldn't Have a Wedding without the Fiddler draws heavily on interviews conducted with 150 fiddlers and other Islanders -including singers, dancers, music instructors, community leaders, and event organizers-whose memories span decades. The book thus colorfully brings to life a time not so very long ago when virtually any occasion-a wedding, harvest, house warming, holiday, or the need to raise money for local institutions such as schools and churchs-was sufficient excuse to hold a dance, with the fiddle player at the center of the celebration. Perlman explores how fiddling skills and traditions were learned and passed down through the generations and how individual fiddlers honed their distinctive playing styles. He also examines the Island's history and material culture, fiddlers' values and attitudes, the role of radio and recordings, the fiddlers' repertoire, fiddling contests, and the ebb and flow of the fiddling tradition, including efforts over the last few decades to keep the music alive in the face of modernization and the passing of old-timers. Rounding out the book is a rich array of photographs, musical examples, dance diagrams, and a discography. The inaugural volume in the Charles K. Wolfe American Music Series, Couldn't Have a Wedding without the Fiddler is, in the words of series editor Ted Olson, clearly among the more significant studies of a local North American music tradition to be published in recent years.

With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow A History of Old-Time Fiddling In Alabama

With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow A History of Old-Time Fiddling In Alabama

Author: Joyce H. Cauthen Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2020

Relying on extensive archival research and on sixty interviews with fiddlers and their families and friends, Cauthen tells the rich, full story of old-time fiddling in Alabama. Writing of life in the Alabama Territory in the late 1700s, A. J. Pickett, the state's first historian, noted that the country abounded in fiddlers, of high and low degree. After the defeat of the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1813, the number of fiddlers swelled as settlers from the southern states surrounding Alabama claimed the land. The music they played was based on tunes brought from Ireland, Scotland, and England, but in Alabama they developed their own southern accent as their songs became the music of celebration and relaxation for the state's pioneers. Early in the 20th century such music began to be called old-time fiddling, to distinguish it from the popular music of the day, and the term is still used to distinguish that style from more modern bluegrass and country fiddle styles. In With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow, Cauthen focuses on old-time fiddling in Alabama from the settlement of the state through World War II. Cauthen shows the effects of events, inventions, ethnic groups, and individuals upon fiddlers' styles and what they played. Cauthen gives due weight to the modest masters of fiddle and bow who were stars only to their families and communities. The fiddlers themselves tell why they play, how they learned without formal instruction and written music, and how they acquired their instruments and repertoires. Cauthen also tells the stories of brag fiddlers such as D.Dix Hollis, Y. Z. Hamilton, Charlie Stripling, Fiddling Tom Freeman, Monkey Brown, and the Johnson Brothers whose reputations spread beyond their communities through commercial recordings and fiddling contests. Described in vivid detail are the old-style square dances, Fourth of July barbeques and other celebrations, and fiddlers' conventions that fiddler shave reigned over throughout the state's history.

The Good Deed Crew and the Secret Valentine

The Good Deed Crew and the Secret Valentine

Author: Kendra Parks Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2019