A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing by Lepold Mozart

By Lepold Mozart

Trans. by way of Editha Knocker

This is just a phenomenal e-book! it's like having a song lesson from Leopold Mozart. even though i don't play the violin, analyzing and rereading this publication has performed extra to enhance my classical taking part in (woodwinds) than the other unmarried job (except after all practicing). It additionally provides a fully breathtaking view of Mozart's father's character and musical tastes. this can be a "must" learn for all musicians.

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But no—it was not really forgotten. It was tucked away in that wondetful storehouse which we call in these days the subconsdous mind, the key of which may be tumed by the fingers o f assodation; a sound, a scent, a word, and the door flies open and out tumbles some 'forgotten’ thing which has lain on the shelf, covered by the thousand and one activities which, taken together, man calls ‘life’. It tyas two or three years ago that my storehouse key was tumed, and although the door had been ajar several times previously and hastily shut again, this time it opened wide.

Yet in spite of this, many a violin is valued simply for its appearance, and how often does it happen that clothes, money, pomp, and especially the curled wig, is that which tums a man into a scientist, counsellor, or doctor? But where have I got to? My zeal against this common habit of judging by superficial appearance has wellnigh led me astray. §4 The violin is strung with four strings, each of which must be of the right thickness in relation to the other. I say ‘the right thickness*, for if one string be a litde too thick in proportion to another it is impossible to obtain an even or a good tone.

The revisions consist for the most part o f correction o f actual errors; more faithfiil rendering o f Leopoid Mozart’s meaning (which is not invariably as clear as it might b e); more careful tabulation o f the difFerences between the First and Third (1787) editions, re-examination o f which showed that in places I had unwittingly telescoped the tw o ; and, finally, clarification o f the system adopted in this volum e for showing these difFerences and for distinguishing my editorial additions.

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