L'Art du Violon. Pierre BAILLOT.
L'Art du Violon

L'Art du Violon

Nouvelle Methode Dédiée A Ses Eleves par P. Baillot Membre de la Legion d'Honneur de la musique particulière du Roi et Professeur au Conservatoire de musique Prix 20.

Paris: Troupenas [PN B. et Cie. 7732], [1850].

Folio. Black morocco-backed dark purple textured cloth with decorative blindstamped cornerpieces within blindstamped rules, decorative initials "G.L." gilt to upper; marbled endpapers. Housed in a custom-made dark blue morocco-backed folding case with raised bands on spine with dark red leather title label gilt.

1f. (recto title, verso blank), [1] (printed dedication: "L'Auteur A Ses Eleves"), 2-272, 273 ("Catalogue des Auteurs dont les compositions servent à l'enseignement dans les Classes du Violon du Conservatoire Compositeurs Morts, ordre chronologique" and "Auteurs Vivans, ordre alphabétique"), 274-275 ("Table Analytique des Matières), 276-279 ("Table Alphabétique des Matières" and "Articles Oubliés"), [i] (blank) + 3ff. illustrating the "correct" and "incorrect" ways of holding the violin and bow, printed on rectos only.

Contents include (in translation):
Remarks on this new method; Introduction; Progress of the art; Notice regarding the order followed in this method -- The principles of technique -- Preparatory exercises; Scales of one octave -- The seven positions -- The scale -- Chromatic scales -- Melodic ornament -- Double and triple stops -- The bow -- Tone -- Timbre and character of the four strings of the violin -- Nuances -- Fingering; The minor mode -- Ornamentation -- Musical punctuation -- Holds and cadenzas -- Melodic and harmonic preludes -- Standard pitch -- On the natural in art -- Musical character: the accent that determines it -- Effect and means of effect -- How to practice -- Expression and means of expression -- Explanation of the signs used in this work -- Catalogue of the composers whose compositions are used in the violin classes at the Conservatoire national in Paris -- Analytical table of contents -- Alphabetical table.

From the collection of Louise Goldberg (d. 2019), longtime librarian at the Eastman School of Music's Sibley Music Library (Goldberg edited and translated an edition of the work published by Northwestern University Press in 1991).

Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; endpapers foxed. Slightly browned throughout, heavier to margins; some foxing, heavier to some leaves; publisher's imprint to title light; facsimile signature handstamp to lower margin. Discreet markings in red pencil to final plate identifying composers and bow styles.

"Baillot was the last representative of the Classical Paris school of violinists. A remarkable virtuoso ... The founder in France of the first chamber music group of professional musicians, he made a major contribution to the diffusion of a hitherto unknown repertory (principally the quartets and quintets of Boccherini and Mozart and the quartets of Haydn and Beethoven) as a result of his 154 concerts ... He also scheduled concerts of his own works ... and those of his contemporaries (Cherubini, Onslow, and Mendelssohn, but also Kreutzer, Rode, Romberg, and Viotti among others). Respectful of the tradition he had inherited, he was responsible for a rediscovery of old music: J.S. Bach, Barbella, Corelli, Germiniani, Handel, and Tartini."

"A renowned and influential pedagogue, Baillot had numerous pupils, including Mazas, Sauzay, and Charles and Léopold Dancla. A prolific and talented composer, besides nine concertos and a symphonie concertante for two violins, he wrote ‘airs’ and ‘thèmes variés’, caprices and études, duos, trios, string quartets, and a sonata for piano and violin. Although his compositions are almost entirely forgotten, L’art du violon (1834) still holds its place as a standard work." Paul David, revised by Manoug Parikian and Michelle Garnier-Panafie in Grove Music Online.

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Price: $350.00  other currencies

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