A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing by Lepold Mozart

By Lepold Mozart

Trans. by means of Editha Knocker

This is just a phenomenal booklet! it really is like having a tune lesson from Leopold Mozart. even if i don't play the violin, interpreting and rereading this booklet has performed extra to enhance my classical taking part in (woodwinds) than the other unmarried job (except in fact practicing). It additionally offers a completely breathtaking view of Mozart's father's character and musical tastes. it is a "must" learn for all musicians.

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1947 T Translator’s Introduction OME years ago—it was during the war of 1914-18—a friend showed me an old book, still in its original brown leather binding and smelling of the dust of ages. It was to me merely a Violln Method by Leopold Mozart—dated 1787, and the third edition. Our minds were at that time concemed with matters other than literature. So I retumed the book to its owner and forgot it. But no—it was not really forgotten. It was tucked away in that wondetful storehouse which we call in these days the subconsdous mind, the key of which may be tumed by the fingers o f assodation; a sound, a scent, a word, and the door flies open and out tumbles some 'forgotten’ thing which has lain on the shelf, covered by the thousand and one activities which, taken together, man calls ‘life’.

Therefore I humbly beg to commend to Your Grace’s supreme clemency myself and my family; yea, even our whole Company of Musidans; and I pray to that Infinite Trias Harmônica, which transcends all human reason in most perfect divinity, for the preservation of Your Most Predous Person, and subscribe myself Your Grace’s and My most Gradous Prince’s and Lord’s Most humble and obedient servant M Leopold Mozart 7 Preface years have passed since I wrote down the following rules for those M ÀNY who came to me for instruction in Violin Playing.

They have also necessitated the involved labour of reconstructing the ‘copy’ for the printer. In this connexion I must express my thanks to Ida Oldroyd for her help in deciphering and typing material which was far from being easily legible. K . 1947 T Translator’s Introduction OME years ago—it was during the war of 1914-18—a friend showed me an old book, still in its original brown leather binding and smelling of the dust of ages. It was to me merely a Violln Method by Leopold Mozart—dated 1787, and the third edition.

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