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September 2018

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Maxim Vengerov talks about his lifelong learning curve and we learn the teaching methods of Heifetz, Gingold and Galamian. There’s a look at conservatoire auditions and Guy Johnston discusses Mendelssohn in Masterclass. Plus Sartory, Guadagnini and Aldo Parisot in this 144-page bumper issue

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PRINT SUBSCRIPTION The Strad is the world’s most authoritative and influential string music magazine, read by makers, musicians and teachers

The Violin Explained: Components, Mechanism, and Sound
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The Violin Explained: Components, Mechanism, and Sound

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There are more curious beliefs about the violin than any other instrument. Physicists have now discovered how the violin family

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Four and Twenty Fiddlers: The Violin at the English Court, 1540-1690 (Oxford Monographs on Music)

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The royal string band at the English court had its origins in a six-man viol consort from Italy brought to

The Russian Violin School: The Legacy Of Yuri Yankelevich
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The Russian Violin School: The Legacy Of Yuri Yankelevich

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The Russian school of violin playing produced many of the twentieth century’s leading violinists – from the famed disciples of

Before the Chinrest: A Violinist's Guide to the Mysteries of Pre-Chinrest Technique and Style (Publications of the Early Music Institute)
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Before the Chinrest: A Violinist’s Guide to the Mysteries of Pre-Chinrest Technique and Style (Publications of the Early Music Institute)

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Drawing on the principles of Francesco Geminiani and four decades of experience as a baroque and classical violinist, Stanley Ritchie

The History of Violin Playing from its Origins to 1761: And its Relationship to the Violin and Violin Music (Clarendon Paperbacks)
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The History of Violin Playing from its Origins to 1761: And its Relationship to the Violin and Violin Music (Clarendon Paperbacks)

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David Boyden’s classic book, first published in 1965, was the first to deal comprehensively with the history of violin playing

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The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, 1626-1762 (Dover Books on Music)
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The Violin Makers of the Guarneri Family, 1626-1762 (Dover Books on Music)

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This famous book has the rare distinction of having been written by one family of distinguished violin-makers and experts —

Alberto Bachmann An Encyclopedia Of The Violin Vln (Dover Books on Music)
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Alberto Bachmann An Encyclopedia Of The Violin Vln (Dover Books on Music)

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First published in 1925, Alberto Bachmann’s renowned reference remains unsurpassed as a source of essential information on all aspects of

Cremona: An Account of the Italian Violin-Makers and Their Instruments (Classic Reprint)
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Cremona: An Account of the Italian Violin-Makers and Their Instruments (Classic Reprint)

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Although many experts have already set forth the result of their knowledge and skill in publications of more or less

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The Amadeus Book of the Violin: Construction, History, and Music
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The Amadeus Book of the Violin: Construction, History, and Music

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This encyclopedia of the violin covers the mechanics of its construction through its history and evolution to its literature and performing traditions, with details and anecdotes. From the great violin makers of Cremona to the influence of key composers and virtuosos on the violin's development, every facet of the subject is exposed.

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Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection
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Stradivari’s Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection

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Antonio Stradivari (1644–1737) was a perfectionist whose single-minded pursuit of excellence changed the world of music. In the course of