Reading “Violin Mastery”

For both colleagues and students, I suggest a quick read. The 1919 publication entitled “Violin Mastery” by Frederick Martens is a fascinating look at a bygone day. Interviews with Heifetz, Kreisler, Seidel, Elman, Auer, Powell, Thibaud, Elman and others allow violinists to peer into an era and its importances. Discussions about the “new” wire E string, whether to use a chin rest or not, repertoire and teaching are mentioned in 2 – 4 page narratives. Of course, it is dated, but yet occasionally one finds a gem of advice. A easy quick read that is republished by Dover. Certainly an artifact of a different society.

About davisbrooksviolin

My name is Davis Brooks and I am a violinist living in Indianapolis IN. I am Prof. of Violin Emeritus at Butler University, associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a freelancer and record in the regional commercial studios. I have a particular interest in new music and this semester I am happily working with composition students at the University of Alabama. Roll Tide.
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