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LEOPOLD MOZART: A TREATISE ON THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF VIOLIN PLAYING By Leopold Mozart
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Leopold Mozart's Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing was the major work of its period, -comparable in importance to Quantz's treatise on the flute and C.P.E. Bach's on the... More > keyboard. Mozart’s treatise deals not only with violin instruction, but also with broader aspects of musical education and aesthetic theories. The ‘Violinschule’ is so well written, so wise and balanced in its teaching precepts, and so witty and caustic when dealing with sham or fraud, that (apart from purely technical matters) it can be read with pleasure by anyone for its shrewd observation and its delightfull turn of expression. The book is intended as a guide to both teacher and pupil, and is regarded as the first thorough and systematic work on violin playing. It is no exaggeration to claim that ‘Violinschule’ is one of the best musical instruction manuals ever written. (Also available: ‘The Mozart Letters’.)< Less