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Playing the Viola: Conversations with William Primrose

por David Dalton

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`In all areas of human endeavour, time and again an individual appears who, due to a multitude of personal attributes, elevates his or her field to a hitherto unknown height. Such an individual was William Primrose. His name and the viola are synonymous.' Janos StarkerThis unique book is the result of a series of conversations with Primrose in the last years before his death in 1982. David Dalton describes how he came to the great artist armed with every question he could think of pertaining to performing on and teaching the viola. The lively dialogue containsa wealth of illuminating advice for the student on the technicalities of playing the viola. It is, however, far more than a technical guide. The two violists discuss the unique position of their instrument - `an instrument without tradition' is Primrose's bald description. They cover the topic ofrepertoire with fascinating insights into the performance of the great concertos by Bartok and Walton, with which Primrose was so closely associated. Still more invaluable advice emerges from the discussion of Primrose's own experience, on the art of performance, on demeanour on stage, oncompetitions, on recordings, and on preparing for a career.The book is a tribute to one of the greatest artists of this century.… (mais)
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This book is written as a detailed helpful reference for the viola player, especially the starting player, just deciding on the instrument to play. The format is a little unusual. It is written a little like an interview with David Dalton asking William Primrose questions. This format seems good. It is mostly about technique and covers about everything from how to stand, sit, play, learn, and teach. The past part, chapter 18, on music careers, is very good and gets more important ay the reader gets to the last two pages. That description of visiting a handicapped care center sums up what makes a music instructor happy and what makes a music student happy.

The photo on the back cover is a good choice, very funny. The author is positive and sometimes humorous as that photo suggests. ( )
  billsearth | Apr 2, 2016 |
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`In all areas of human endeavour, time and again an individual appears who, due to a multitude of personal attributes, elevates his or her field to a hitherto unknown height. Such an individual was William Primrose. His name and the viola are synonymous.' Janos StarkerThis unique book is the result of a series of conversations with Primrose in the last years before his death in 1982. David Dalton describes how he came to the great artist armed with every question he could think of pertaining to performing on and teaching the viola. The lively dialogue containsa wealth of illuminating advice for the student on the technicalities of playing the viola. It is, however, far more than a technical guide. The two violists discuss the unique position of their instrument - `an instrument without tradition' is Primrose's bald description. They cover the topic ofrepertoire with fascinating insights into the performance of the great concertos by Bartok and Walton, with which Primrose was so closely associated. Still more invaluable advice emerges from the discussion of Primrose's own experience, on the art of performance, on demeanour on stage, oncompetitions, on recordings, and on preparing for a career.The book is a tribute to one of the greatest artists of this century.

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