The Cambridge companion to the violin /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Stowell, Robin.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Online Access: Online version
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In this volume Stowell has crafted a treasure chest of information on virtually every aspect of the violin's history, its performance, its literature, its construction, its teaching, and its role in folk traditions and jazz. From insightful pedagogical suggestions to detailed acoustical data, this Cambridge companion offers much to anyone interested in the facts and philosophy surrounding the violin in Western culture. (Thankfully, there is also a section that touches on non-Western culture.) One would have wished for a more detailed look at the late 20th century solo and ensemble repertoire. There is another major ommission in the work--attention to the involvement of women in the history of the violin. Although there are several violinists and composers mentioned, there is no attempt to highlight the sociological reasons for the absence of women or to detail the many important contributions that women, despite society's restrictions, have made to performing, composition, and teaching. Recommended for both public and academic libraries. L. Whitesitt; Queens College, North Carolina

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