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Violin Mastery

Interviews with Heifetz, Auer, Kreisler, and others

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Interviews with Heifetz, Auer, Kreisler, and others. Edited by Frederick H. Martens. Reference Textbooks; Textbook - Instrumental. Dover Edition. Instructional and Music Appreciation. Biographical book. 178 pages. Dover Publications #06-450414. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-450414).

Item Number: AP.6-450414

ISBN 9780486450414. 9x12 inches. English.

How long should I practice? Which pieces should I study? How can I develop a singing tone? All violinists ponder these questions, striving to make the most of their practice and performances. This enlightening and encouraging book holds the answers, offering a series of interviews with the most celebrated violin teachers and performers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.Twenty-four famous violinists reveal the secrets of their success, sharing the lessons of their artistry and experience. In addition to aesthetic and technical aspects of playing, they discuss their personal conceptions of violin mastery. Eugene Ysaye reminisces about his studies with Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski, and Leopold Auer emphasizes the importance of fostering students' individual talents. Maud Powell describes her pioneering role as a female orchestral musician, and Jascha Heifetz voices his views on technical mastery and temperament. Hints and advice from other masters include tips on efficient practice, immproving bow technique, and refining intonation. A rare find in musical literature, this book is essential reading for every serious violinist.Dover (2006) unabridged republication of the work originally published by Frederick A. Stokes, New York, 1919.

  • Eugene Ysaye - The Tools of Violin Mastery 
  • Leopold Auer - A Method without Secrets 
  • Eddy Brown - Hubay and Auer, Technique: Hints to the Student 
  • Mischa Elman - Life and Color in Interpretation. Technical Phases 
  • Samuel Gardner - Technique and Musicianship 
  • Arthur Hartmann - The Problem of Technique 
  • Jascha Heifetz - The Danger of Practicing Too Much. Technical Mastery and Temperament 
  • David Hochstein - The Violin as a Means of Expression and Expressive Playing 
  • Fritz Kreisler - Personality in Art 
  • Franz Kneisel - The Perfect String Ensemble 
  • Adolfo Betti - The Technique of the Modern Quartet 
  • Hans Letz - The Technique of Bowing 
  • David Mannes - The Philosophy of Violin Teaching 
  • Tivadar Nachez - Joachim and Leonard as Teachers 
  • Maximilian Pilzer - The Singing Tone and the Vibrato 
  • Maud Powell - Technical Difficulties: Some Hints for the Concert Player 
  • Leon Sametini - Harmonics 
  • Alexander Saslavsky - What the Teacher Can and Cannot Do 
  • Toscha Seidel - How to Study 
  • Edmund Severn - The Joachim Bowing and Others: The Left Hand 
  • Albert Spalding - The Most Important Factor in the Development of an Artist 
  • Theodore Spiering - The Application of Bow Exercises to the Study of Kreutzer 
  • Jacques Thibaud - The Ideal Program 
  • Gustav Saenger - The Editor as a Factor in "Violin Mastery" 
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