The Violin: Its Famous Makers and Their Imitators

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Dulau, 1875 - Violin - 352 pages
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Page 90 - Fill'd with the face of heaven, which, from afar Comes down upon the waters, all its hues, From the rich sunset to the rising star, Their magical variety diffuse ; And now they change ; a paler shadow strews Its mantle o'er the mountains; parting day Dies like the dolphin, whom each pang imbues With a new colour as it gasps away, The last still loveliest, till — 'tis gone — and all is gray.
Page 122 - That plain white-aproned man who stood at work Patient and accurate full fourscore years, Cherished his sight and touch by temperance, And since keen sense is love of perfectness Made perfect violins, the needed paths For inspiration and high mastery.
Page 337 - The sunshine painted with a squirt). Of books but few — some fifty score For daily use, and bound for wear; The rest upon an upper floor; Some little luxury there Of red morocco's gilded gleam, And vellum rich as country cream. Busts, cameos, gems — such things as these, Which others often show for pride...
Page 339 - ... manner as that it shall seem to breathe the first tone it gives, which must proceed from the friction of the string, and not from percussion, as by a blow given with a hammer upon it. This depends on laying the bow lightly upon the strings, at the first contact, and .on gently pressing it afterwards ; which, if done gradually, can scarce have too much force given to it — -because, if the tone is 'begun with delicacy, there is little danger of rendering it afterwards either coarse or harsh.
Page 201 - John Simpson at the Bass Viol and Flute in Sweeting's Alley, opposite the east door of the Royal Exchange.
Page 273 - Music is usually reckoned one of the liberal arts, and not unjustly ; but a man of fashion, who is seen piping or fiddling at a concert, degrades his own dignity. If you love music, hear it ; pay fiddlers to play to you, but never fiddle yourself. It makes a gentleman appear frivolous and contemptible, leads him frequently into bad company, and wastes that time which might otherwise be well employed.
Page 241 - He went in, and very soon bought it for about forty francs. He then ascertained that the bass belonged to a lady of rank. The belly was full of cracks; so, not to make two bites of a cherry, Ortega had made a nice new one. Chanot carried this precious fragment home and hung it up in his shop, but not in the window, for he is too good a judge not to know the sun will take all the colour out of that maker's varnish. Tarisio came in from Italy, and his eye lighted instantly on the Stradiuarius belly.
Page 340 - ... that you begin pianissimo, and increase the tone by slow degrees to its fortissimo ; and this study should be equally made, with the motion of the bow up, and down ; in which exercise you should spend at least an hour every day, though at different times, a little in the morning, and a little in the evening ; having constantly in mind that this practice is, of all others, the most difficult, and the most essential to playing well on the Violin.
Page 203 - You scrapers that want a good fiddle well strung, You must go to the man that is old while he's young But if this same fiddle you fain would play bold, You must go to his son, who'll be young when he's old. There's old Young and young Young, both men of renown, Old sells and young plays the best fiddle in town. Young and old live together, and may they live long, Young to play an old fiddle, old to sell a new song.
Page 40 - ... to it. More than once, even in my time, hopes have run high, but only to fall again. Some have even cried Eureka! to the public; but the moment others looked at their discovery and compared it with the real thing, "inextinguishable laughter shook the skies.

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