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Violin Mastery: Interviews with Heifetz, Auer, Kreisler and Others
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 ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Dover Publications
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If you are not a string player don't bother to read this. If you are it is worthwhile. It is a Dover reprint of a collection of interviews from 1919. The most famous violinists of the time were interviewed about violin pedagogy, performance, practice and repartoire. I found it interesting and inspiring. Made me go practice Kreutzer. Interesting that many of the stapels of the concert repartoire from the early 1900's are no longer played.
You don't have to play the violin to enjoy this book, but it helps at least to be familiar with some of the technical challenges of playing violin at a high level. Really a book for extremely advanced violin students, Violin Mastery can also be enjoyed as an inside look at the approach violin masters take to making emotion come alive through technique.
I thoroughly enjoyed the various opinions shared by some of the most accomplished violinists of the last century. Discussion topics range from how much one should practice to how one would define what the mastery of the violin is. This book is of most use to violinists, although other string players might also enjoy it.