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Part 1 The formative period, 1520-1600: the origin and development of the early violin, 1520-50; the advent of the true violin and its development to 1600; violin music in the 16th century. Part 2 The development of an idiomatic technique, 1600-1650: the development of the violin and bow in the early 17th century; the new violin idiom - violin music and its uses in different countries, 1600-50; the technique and sound of the violin in the early 17th century; general matters affecting the violin to 1650. Part 3 The national schools of the late seventeenth century - the rise of virtuosity: the development of the violin and bow, 1650-1700; the violin music of the late 17th century; the technique of the violin 1650-1700; general matters affecting the violin, 1650-1700. Part 4 The culmination of the early history of violin playing 1700-1761: the violin and bow of the early 18th century; the violin music of the early 18th century; the technique of the violin, 1700-1761; specific and improvised ornaments - the cadenza; tempo - alterations of rhythm, dynamics, expression; practical hints to modern violinists.
Musicologist and expert on string instruments, now deceased
`IThis book is the authoritative work on the history of violin playing up to the middle of the 18th century. ... essential reading for classical violinists and violin teachers ... it is a tribute to the scholarship of David Boyden that, 25 ... it remains a respected and valuable addition to one's library.' ISM Music Journal `Way back in 1965 Boyden's 'History' was a good buy at eight guineas and at today's values it is an outstanding bargain' Robert Lewin, Strad