Violin Dreams

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Violin dreams includes a remarkable audio recording of Steinhardt performing Bach’s Partita in D Minor as a young violinist forty years ago and playing the same piece especially for this book. His story is rich with vivid scenes: the terror inflicted by his early violin teachers, the sensual pleasure involved in the pursuit of the perfect violin, the charged atmosphere of high-level competitions.

A conversation between the author and Alan Alda on the differences between the two performances is included in the ebook. Violin dreams is not only the story of a man becoming an artist, it’s a history of twentieth-century music. John guare, wit, brings warmth, and fascinating insider details to the story of his lifelong obsession with the violin, Tony Award–winning playwright Arnold Steinhardt, for more than forty years an international soloist and the first violinist of the Guarneri String Quartet, that most seductive and stunningly beautiful instrument.

Violin Dreams #ad - A rapturous, witty, and passionate memoir. Steinhardt describes bach’s chaconne as the holy grail for the solo violin, and he illuminates, from the perspective of an ardent owner of a great Storioni violin, the history and mysteries of the renowned Italian violinmakers.

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QUARTET PLAYING,ART OF

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Knopf #ad - How do four instrumentalists with strong individual tastes and temperaments manage to forge a distinctive approach to the music they play? This extraordinary book ushers readers into the workshop of one of the world's most accomplished string quartets. In rich and probing conversations with their longtime friend and musicologist and conductor David Blum, both individually as a group, the members of the Guarneri String Quartet, tell what it is like to play together.

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Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching Dover Books on Music

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Dover Publications #ad - Ivan galamian, a longtime juilliard professor, incorporates aspects of both the Russian and French schools in a system both ingenious and logical. 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, double stops, holding the instrument and bow, this guide presents general principles and offers practical suggestions related to posture, intonation, bowing patterns, vibrato movements, tone production, trills, and many other facets of playing and practice.

Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching Dover Books on Music #ad - A celebrated instructor explains his philosophy of teaching and practice methods, including the appropriate combination of technique and interpretation.

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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 - For some musicians, the instrument was a liberator; for others, it was a savior that spared their lives. For many, in at least one case, and, the violin provided comfort in mankind’s darkest hour, helped avenge murdered family members. But during the holocaust, the violin assumed extraordinary new roles within the Jewish community.

. Grymes tells the amazing, and inspiring story of the violins of the Holocaust, horrifying, 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, including 400 members of his own family. Above all, the violins of the Holocaust represented strength and optimism for the future.

In violins of Hope, music historian James A. 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.

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

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Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven

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

The result is a unique book about one of the greatest of all creative artists.  . He has been studying and performing Bach ever since, and is now regarded as one of the composer’s greatest living interpreters. 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. Johann sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. 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.

John eliot gardiner takes us as deeply into Bach’s works and mind as perhaps words can. The fruits of this lifetime’s immersion are distilled in this remarkable book, grounded in the most recent Bach scholarship but moving far beyond it, how his music is constructed, and explaining in wonderful detail the ideas on which Bach drew, how he worked, how it achieves its effects—and what it can tell us about Bach the man.

Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven #ad - 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.

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Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day

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Harper #ad - Whether you’re a newcomer or an aficionado, nourish, Burton-Hill’s celebration will inspire, and enrich your life in unexpected ways. From bach, beethoven, and many remarkable yet often-overlooked voices, and Puccini to George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Clara Schumann, Philip Glass, Mozart, Burton-Hill takes us on a dazzling journey through our most treasured musical landscape.

Burton-hill offers short introductions to contextualize each piece, and makes the music come alive in modern and playful ways. Year of wonder is an absolute treat—the most enlightening way to be guided through the year. Eddie redmaynea unique celebration of classical music that showcases one inspirational piece each day of the year, boring, written by an award-winning violinist and BBC Radio personalityClassical music has a reputation for being stuffy, and largely inaccessible, but Burton-Hill is here to change that.

Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day #ad - An award-winning writer, enlightening, and her desire to share her passion for its diverse wonders inspired this unique, with a deep love of the art form she wants everyone to feel welcome at the classical party, broadcaster and musician, and expertly curated treasury. Thoughtfully curated and masterfully researched, Year of Wonder is a book of classical music for everyone.

As she says, “the only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind. Year of wonder introduces readers to one piece of music each day of the year, time periods, artfully selected from across genres, and composers.

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Heifetz As I Knew Him Amadeus

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Amadeus Press #ad - Amadeus. Always a difficult person, Heifetz imparted not only his art but his every belief and idiosyncrasy. The greatest violinist of the 20th century was a genius who was also insecure and unreasonable; in many respects the former prodigy had never had to grow up. Her book is a loving yet unblinking testimony to a unique relationship between an aging master and his disciple.

This memoir is an extraordinary story of a truly unique friendship, told with honesty, understanding, and devotion. Ayke agus came to jascha heifetz as a violin student in his master class at the University of Southern California; after he made her the class pianist she soon became his private accompanist and ultimately his assistant and confidant.

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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician Norton Paperback

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Finalist for the 2001 pulitzer prize in Biography, this landmark book was revised in 2013 to include new knowledge discovered after its initial publication. Although we have heard the music of J. This engaging new biography portrays bach as the living, breathing, and sometimes imperfect human being that he was, while bringing to bear all the advances of the last half-century of Bach scholarship.

Wolff demonstrates the intimate connection between the composer's life and his music, showing how Bach's superb inventiveness pervaded his career as musician, performer, scholar, composer, and teacher. With this highly readable book, Wolff sets a new standard for Bach biography. Bach in countless performances and recordings, the composer himself still comes across only as an enigmatic figure in a single familiar portrait.

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician Norton Paperback #ad - As we mark the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, author Christoph Wolff presents a new picture that brings to life this towering figure of the Baroque era. S. And throughout, we see Bach in the broader context of his time: its institutions, traditions, and influences.

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Beethoven for a Later Age: Living with the String Quartets

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University of Chicago Press #ad - The key, dusinberre reveals, to a quartet crafting its own sound is in balancing continuity with change and experimentation—a theme that lies at the heart of Beethoven’s remarkable compositions. Originally composed and performed between 1798 and 1826, they have inspired artists of all kinds—not only musicians—and have been subject to endless reinterpretation.

Musicians and music lovers will be intrigued by Dusinberre’s exploration of the close collaboration at the heart of any great performance.  . But what is it like to personally take up the challenge of these compositions, but as a member of a quartet, Edward Dusinberre, offers a rare peek inside the workings of his ensemble, first violinist of the renowned Takács Quartet, where each player has ideas about style and expression? To answer this question, not only as a musician, while providing an insightful history of the compositions and their performance.

Founded in hungary in 1975 and now based in boulder, colorado, the Takács is one of the world’s preeminent string quartets, and performances of Beethoven have been at the center of their work together for over forty years. Beethoven’s sixteen string quartets are some of the most extraordinary and challenging pieces of music ever written.

In an accessible style, which were composed against the turbulent backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath, Dusinberre illuminates the variety and contradictions of Beethoven's quartets, suitable for novices and chamber music enthusiasts alike, and he brings the technical aspects of the music to life.

Beethoven for a Later Age: Living with the String Quartets #ad - Beethoven for a later age vividly shows that creative engagement with Beethoven’s radical and brilliant quartets continues to be as stimulating now as it was for its first performers and audiences. Using the history of both the takács quartet and the beethoven quartets as a foundation, Beethoven for a Later Age provides a backstage look at the daily life of a quartet, showing the necessary creative tension between individual and group and how four people can at the same time forge a lasting artistic connection and enjoy making music together over decades.

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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. What made this apparently unsophisticated craftsman so special? why were his techniques not maintained by his successors? How is it that even two and a half centuries after his death, and delicacy of a Stradivarius?In Faber’s illuminating narrative, lost, coveted, copied, hidden, bought and sold by princes and plutocrats, no one has succeeded in matching the purity, depth, collected, each of the six fabled instruments becomes a character in its own right–a living entity cherished by artists, and occasionally played by a musician whose skill matches its maker’s.

Here is the fabulous viotti, named for the virtuoso who enchanted all Paris in the 1780s, only to fall foul of the French Revolution. 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.

Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection #ad - In the pages of this book, the passion, the intrigue, Faber invites us to share the life, and the incomparable beauty of the world’s most marvelous stringed instruments. Then there’s the davidov cello, fashioned in 1712 and lovingly handed down through a succession of celebrated artists until, in the 1980s, it passed into the capable hands of Yo-Yo Ma.

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. 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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The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

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Penguin Books #ad - Take bach, for starters. Why did a particular piece move him? How did the music work? Over time, he realized that his passion for this music was not enough. Readers joined the exercise in droves. Now in the indispensable composers, tommasini offers his own personal guide to the canon--and what greatness really means in classical music.

Inviting input from readers, Tommasini wrestled with questions of greatness. But, like all classical music lovers, the canon has remained central for him. He needed to understand it. Who was he? how does one account for his music and its unshakeable hold on us today? As a critic, Tommasini has devoted particular attention to living composers and overlooked repertory.

An exploration into the question of greatness from the Chief Classical Music Critic of the New York TimesWhen he began to listen to the great works of classical music as a child, Anthony Tommasini had many questions. Some railed against classical music’s obsession with greatness but then raged when Mahler was left off the final list.

This intellectual game reminded them why they loved music in the first place. As he argues for his particular pantheon of indispensable composers, Anthony Tommasini provides a masterclass in what to listen for and how to understand what music does to us. Because he has spent his life contemplating these titans, Tommasini shares impressions from performances he has heard or given or moments when his own biography proves revealing.

The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide #ad - What does it mean to be canonical now? who gets to say? and do we have enough perspective on the 20th century to even begin assessing it? To make his case, Tommasini draws on elements of biography, the composer's relationships with colleagues, the anxiety of influence, and shifting attitudes toward a composer's work over time.

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