Romantic Violin Performing Practices: A Handbook

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This handbook is not a textbook about nineteenth-century violin playing. Instead, the volume examines a range of topics and practices involved in 'historically informed' violin performance in this period, leading the reader through a range of conceptual discussions towards examination of differing methodologies and motivations behind revivals of 'romantic' violin performing styles before setting out some suggestions and exercises to help facilitate future work by readers on the subject. The first section (ideas) examines different motivations behind HIP in this context, and research problems and logical questions concerning the activity, before focusing on 'modernist' performance in the twentieth century - the often assumed intellectual context for present-day performers - as a means of problematising and historicising this as the obverse, in many ways, of nineteenth-century styles and practices. The next section (ideals) groups often discrete discussions of performing practices into two linked discussions of 'vocality' and 'rhetoric' as ideals for 'romantic' violin style, before reviewing resources involved in study. The penultimate section examines varying approaches to incorporating historical performance credentials into the act of performance itself, before in the final section presenting exercises and suggests for the future experiential study by readers of the book.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBoydell & Brewer
Number of pages279
ISBN (Electronic)9781787447967
ISBN (Print)9781783275274
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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    Milsom, D. (Accepted/In press). Romantic Violin Performing Practices: A Handbook. Boydell & Brewer.