This book tells the story of the instrument that has inspired some of the world's most beautiful and enduring music. It traces the Violin's development from its medieval roots, through the era of the great 16th and 17th century Italian makers and its influence on baroque and classical music, to the crowning glory of the romantic concertos and the challenging repertory of the 20th century.
In The Violin Book
, leading authorities come together to offer an overview of the instrument unparalleled in its scope. John Dilworth discusses the anatomy of the Violin, while Bernard Richardson explains its acoustics. Peter Holman considers its antecedents and early history; David Rattray surveys the classic Violin makers, including the Amati Family, Stradivari and the Guarneri family. John Dilworth covers the most important makers worldwide, while Peter Oxley writes on the pre-eminent bow-makers of France, Britain and Germany.
The book also contains illustrated essays by Robin Stowell, Duncan Druce and Benjamin Dawson on the history of Violin performance and the repertory. Max Harrison and Stephen Rees write on the instrument's role in Jazz and Folk music respectively, while Tully Potter recommends outstanding recordings across the spectrum of Violin music.
Complementary essays by Robin Stowell and Trevor Williams outline the history of teaching the instrument. Historic Violin sales are considered by Anne Inglis; Helen Wallace gives sound advice for the buyer; and Brian Harvey contributes a fascinating piece on Violin fraud.
- Over 350 full-colour photograph and artworks.
- Individually serial-numbered Collector's Edition of only 6000 copies worldwide, presented in special binding and handsome slipcase.