A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing
Known principally as the father of Wolfgang Amadeus, Leopold Mozart was a distinguished musician in his own right. An excellent violinist and composer, his greatest contribution to music was his Treatise on Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing. Published at Ausburg in 1756 it was the major work of its time on the violin and it contains much that is of considerable interest and value to musicians today: notes on performance, practice, a glossary of technical terms and specific chapters on the playing of written and improvised embellishments, the trill, and special rhythmic figures. Copious exercises illustrate each point made in the text. A Preface--revised for this edition--offers an illuminating biographical study of Leopold both as a man and as a musician.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE VIOLINSCHULE
How the Violinist must hold the Violin and direct
What the Pupil must observe before he begins
Of the Order of the Up and Down Strokes
How by adroit control of the Bow one should seek
Of the socalled Triplet
Of the many varieties of Bowing
Of the Positions
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