A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing by Lepold Mozart

By Lepold Mozart

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This is just a gorgeous ebook! it really is like having a track lesson from Leopold Mozart. even supposing i don't play the violin, studying and rereading this e-book has performed extra to enhance my classical enjoying (woodwinds) than the other unmarried job (except in fact practicing). It additionally supplies a fully breathtaking view of Mozart's father's character and musical tastes. this can be a "must" learn for all musicians.

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In order to prevent the strain of the strings from pressing too gready on the belly and so diminishing the tone, a little piece of wood, called the sound-post, is inserted inside the body under the bridge. At the extremity, violin-makers endeavour to give an air of finish; some by means of a graceful, snail-like curve, some by carving a lion’s head. Yea, they often attach greater importance to such decoratíons than to the main structure. —is a victim of the universal deception of externai show.

I have here laid the foundation of good style; no one will deny this. This alone was my intention. Had I wished to deal with all the rest, this book would have been twice the length; and this I particularly desired to avoid. Not much is gained by a book being a litde more cosdy to the buyer, for indeed who has greater necessity to acquire such guidance than the needy who are not in a position to put themselves under a teacher for a long period of time? Are not the best and most gifted people often in the greatest poverty; just those who, if they had a reliable Instruction Book available, could go far in a short space of time?

In Venezia 1706. 3 Mich. Praetor. Syntagm. , T . I, p. 38. 4 Genesis iv. 2 1. 5 Franchini Gafuri, Theorica Musicae, Lib. I, Cap. 8. Impress. 1 No musidan except Jubal is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures before the Flood. Now whether music was destroyed in the World’s Punishment, or whether Noe12 or one of his sons took music with them into the Ark, we are not told. Only this we know, that the Egyptians first revived it again, from whom it passed on to the Greeks, and from them again on to the Romans.

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