Violin & Viola - Practical Guide By Two Masters (Yehudi Menuhin Music Guides)
The Violin and Viola by Yehudi Menuhin and William Primrose is an extraordinary lucid and practical guide to two of the world's most beautiful instruments by two absolute masters. Here the legendary Menuhin presents the reader with profound insights from a lifetime's experience with every aspect of the violin: the relationship between the violin and the violinist, physical and mental preparation for playing (including Mr. Menuhin's own Yogic exercises), practicing, and technique. He discusses the violinist as orchestral player, as soloist, and as recitalist - with reflections on accidents, applause, and critics. And he offers his unique, illuminating knowledge of the violinist's repertoire, as well as his own inimitable ideas of interpretation with particular emphasis on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. An outstanding feature of this Guide is the transcriptions from tapes of Mr. Menuhin's private lessons, made at his renowned music school at Stoke d'Abernon, England - which shed a rare light on the familiar and unfamiliar for pupils and readers both. William Primrose, perhaps the most highly regarded violist today, presents a witty and profound section on the viola, covering its history, technique, repertoire, interpretation, teaching, and ensemble and solo playing.