Foreward by Steven Isserlis
“Two names have always dominated the French School of bowmaking: François Tourte, the Stradivari of the bow, who died at
“The great and intriguing bow maker, Jean Pierre Marie Persoit, has for many years been an inspiration to other bowmakers
The book offers an overview of 300 years of violin history. Exploring the historical circumstances in Northern Italy, namely the city of Cremona, where the violin originated, it takes the reader from Andrea Amati's workshop to those of the most famous Cremonese violin makers such as Antonio Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù and Carlo Bergonzi. From there violin making spread across other Italian and European cities.
Illustrated with more than 600 pictures of instruments, the book is a unique guide to the complex world of violin family instruments; it provides valuable advice on how to choose the best violin, and how to take care of it.
Before the Chinrest: A Violinist’s Guide to the Mysteries of Pre-Chinrest Technique and Style (Publications of the Early Music Institute)
The History of Violin Playing from its Origins to 1761: And its Relationship to the Violin and Violin Music (Clarendon Paperbacks)