THE VIOLIN ~ A Social History of the World\'s Most Versatile Instrument

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Book review and technical detail THE VIOLIN ~ A Social History of the World\'s Most Versatile Instrument David Schoenbaum

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THE VIOLIN ~ A Social History of the World\'s Most Versatile Instrument
author David Schoenbaum
ISBN 91561
Category Entertainment & Sports
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Pages 736
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

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Schoenbaum (The United States and the State of Israel, 1993, etc.) writes affectionately and abundantly about the apparatus he plays for pleasure. Another explanation for this massive account ability able-bodied be: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Violin—and More.  In four sections, the columnist covers the conception and change of the instrument, its business and accomplish (from the 16th century), the biographies and abilities of abounding notable players and, finally, how the violin has appeared in art, abstract and films. The ambit of Schoenbaum’s analysis is astonishing. He’s acutely listened to every recording, apprehend every adventures and history of every above (and abounding minor) amateur and symphony orchestra and alcove group, apprehend every atypical with a cogent violin attendance and apparent every TV appearance and blur featuring a violin. He focuses principally on classical players; although he mentions Charlie Daniels, he does not address abundant about country music, applesauce or added accepted agreeable genres—though he does not carelessness them entirely, either. He performs an important account to accepted readers by discussing makers other than Antonio Stradivari, and he enlivens his book with casual puns, bright similes (“other quartets renewed themselves like deciduous trees”), aciculate capacity (Dorothy DeLay had an “elegantly manicured appropriate hand” and abrupt descriptions (he compares the salaries of associates of the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Symphony). The arcane summaries are somewhat excessive, and the abounding names and capacity may beat some nonmusical readers. A continued and abundantly textured adulation letter to an instrument, a attitude and an art.

The life, times, and travels of a remarkable instrument and the people who have made, sold, played, and cherished it. A 16-ounce package of polished wood, strings, and air, the violin is perhaps the most affordable, portable, and adaptable instrument ever created. As congenial to reels, ragas, Delta blues, and indie rock as it is to solo Bach and late Beethoven, it has been played standing or sitting, alone or in groups, in bars, churches, concert halls, lumber camps, even concentration camps, by pros and amateurs, adults and children, men and women, at virtually any latitude on any continent. Despite dogged attempts by musicologists worldwide to find its source, the violin’s origins remain maddeningly elusive. The instrument surfaced from nowhere in particular, in a world that Columbus had only recently left behind and Shakespeare had yet to put on paper. By the end of the violin’s first century, people were just discovering its possibilities. But it was already the instrument of choice for some of the greatest music ever composed by the end of its second. By the dawn of its fifth, it was established on five continents as an icon of globalization, modernization, and social mobility, an A-list trophy, and a potential capital gain.In The Violin, David Schoenbaum has combined the stories of its makers, dealers, and players into a global history of the past five centuries. From the earliest days, when violin makers acquired their craft from box makers, to Stradivari and the Golden Age of Cremona; Vuillaume and the Hills, who turned it into a global collectible; and incomparable performers from Paganini and Joachim to Heifetz and Oistrakh, Schoenbaum lays out the business, politics, and art of the world’s most versatile instrument. 16 pages of illustrations

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