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A New History of Violin Playing

the vibrato and Lambert Massart's revolutionary discovery

by Zdenko Silvela

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Publisher: Universal-Publishers
Pub date: 2001
Pages: 436
ISBN-10: 1581126670
ISBN-13: 9781581126679
Categories: CommunicationMusic & Fine ArtsHistory & Biography


An in depth study of the most superlative violin performers and teachers in history.

  1. The result of more than eleven years of deep investigation on the subject, this New History is by far the best available in the 21st century.
  2. It studies specifically the vibrato and its evolution.
  3. A study of the main violin schools of the world, with special emphasis in their evolution, and the direct conexión teacher-pupil. In the course of this history we will see how the great performers became, often, the great masters of new great violinists, who, in their turn, became the teachers of new superlative performers, and so on, in an uninterrupted chain of teacher-pupil intercommunication, the interrelation of whom is carefully studied, to higlight the evolution of the main violin playing schools.
  4. For each violinist we give a list of all the valuable instruments they owned and played, i.e. Stradivarius, Guarneri del Gesu, etc.. Such a complete and interesting information is not available in any other history.
  5. Contains a list of cassettes we have gathered for the better understanding of our players.
  6. Designed to be easily read by everyone, it has not complicated esoteric terms, but is written in plain words that everybody will understand. There is no need to be a professional musican to enjoy it. All you need to be is a music lover.
  7. But the main novelty is the sensational discovery of the real founder of the modern-vibrato violin school, with all kind of evidence, even written authentic letters that attest to it. This violinst is unknown in the present time.
  8. Contains very useful graphs of all the main schools, for an easy understanding of their evolution.
  9. Contains an encyclopaedia of all terms and names of the book that are not sufficently explained in it. Here the reader will be acquainted with the meaning of many musical terms that, although well know to musicians, are not so much known to others, who not being musicians, are, nevertheless, music lovers. But the encyclopaedia contains much more than that: men of letters, politicians, personalities, singers, pianists, composers, painters, etc. are duly explained in it. Done with loving care it sometimes surpasses its parent the book.
  10. Contains five sensational, unpublished, autographed letters by Kreisler, that will make readers tremble, plus the contentent of many other unpublished ones, by the most important musicians of the second half of the XIX century.
  11. Contains a series of very captivating collateral disquisitions on Modern abstract art; composer versus interpreter; the use of ornamentation; the easiness to reed music; Ingres and his violi; lisztomania and others.
In a word, this "New history" is new because:
  1. It studies in depth the vibrato and its evolution.
  2. Links teachers to pupils, who become teacher in their turn, in a comprehensive general outlook of schools' evolution.
  3. It provides us with the list of all the valuable instruments of all our fiddlers.
  4. Contains a list of recommended cassettes, as musical examples.
  5. Easy to understand by every one, it avoids esoteric, pedantic terminology, and is written in plain laguage.
  6. It discovers, for the first time in history, the true founder of the vibrato, with all sort of evidence.
  7. With useful graphs of the main schools.
  8. Contains an encyclopaedia, which no other book of the genre has.
  9. The autographed unpublished letters of Kreisler will give the creeps to the reader.
  10. Contains a series of disquisitions on ornamentations; easiness to read music; composer versus interpreter; abstracat art; Ingres and his violin; Lisztomania and others, plus abundant, moving, anecdotes that distract and relax the attention of the reader.