A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing

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Oxford University Press, 1951 - Music - 235 pages
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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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Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE VIOLINSCHULE
10
CHAPTER I
22
How the Violinist must hold the Violin and direct
54
What the Pupil must observe before he begins
64
Of the Order of the Up and Down Strokes
73
How by adroit control of the Bow one should seek
96
Of the socalled Triplet
103
Of the many varieties of Bowing
114
Of the Half Position
140
Of the Compound or Mixed Position
147
Of the Appoggiature and some Embellishments
166
On the Trill
186
Of the Tremolo Mordent and some other impro
203
Of Reading Music correctly and in particular
215
INDEX
227
TRANSLATORS APPENDIX
233

Of the Positions
132

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Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) was a composer, music teacher and violinist., but he is best known today for being the father and teacher of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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