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The violin : a social history of the world's most versatile instrument

Author: David Schoenbaum
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The life, times, and travels of a remarkable instrument and the people who have made, sold, played, and cherished it. A 16-ounce package of polished wood, strings, and air, the violin is perhaps the most affordable, portable, and adaptable instrument ever created. As congenial to reels, ragas, Delta blues, and indie rock as it is to solo Bach and late Beethoven, it has been played standing or sitting, alone or in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Schoenbaum
ISBN: 9780393084405 039308440X
OCLC Number: 783162545
Description: xxvi, 710 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Making it : A star is born ; The golden age ; Over the hills and far away ; The road not taken ; Back to the future ; Last but not least --
Selling it : Paying the price ; The French connection ; The Ritz of violin shops ; From modern to postmodern ; "Fiddle, n. A swindle. orig. U.S." ; Violin cases --
Playing it : Learning how ; Players in general ; Players in particular ; Founding fathers ; How to get to Carnegie Hall ; Race, class, and gender ; Business and politics --
Imagining it : Still pictures worth a thousand words ; Poetry ; Prose ; Moving pictures worth a thousand words.
Responsibility: David Schoenbaum.

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[A] terrific read--one of those rare epical surveys that can be read in a single long stretch or picked up and savored, chapter by chapter. ...Schoenbaum deftly melds history, criticism, legend and Read more...

 
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