By Lepold Mozart
Trans. by way of Editha Knocker
This is just a stupendous e-book! it's like having a song lesson from Leopold Mozart. even though i don't play the violin, analyzing and rereading this booklet has performed extra to enhance my classical taking part in (woodwinds) than the other unmarried task (except in fact practicing). It additionally offers a fully breathtaking view of Mozart's father's character and musical tastes. it is a "must" learn for all musicians.
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Epist. X IX . Perchance they may find their faults clearly depicted in these pages, and perhaps many a reader, even if he refiise to acknowledge it, may be convinced and his consdence roused to better things. One thing only do I expressly forbid: namely, that anyone shall believe that in speaking of a fault here and there in this book PREFACE 9 with contempt I have aimed my remarks at any particular person. ’ 1 Omni Musarum licuit Cultoribus aevo Parcere Personis, dicere de Vitiis, Quae si irascere agnita videntur.
Is a victim of the universal deception of externai show. He who values a bird for its feathers, and a horse for its blanket, will also inevitably judge a violin by its poüsh and the colour of its vamish, without examining carefully its principal parts. This course is taken by all those who judge with their eyes and not with their brains. The beautifully ‘curled* lion*s head can improve the tone of the violin just as little as a fandfully curled wig can improve the intelligence of its living wig-stand.
3 Mich. Praetor. Syntagm. , T . I, p. 38. 4 Genesis iv. 2 1. 5 Franchini Gafuri, Theorica Musicae, Lib. I, Cap. 8. Impress. 1 No musidan except Jubal is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures before the Flood. Now whether music was destroyed in the World’s Punishment, or whether Noe12 or one of his sons took music with them into the Ark, we are not told. Only this we know, that the Egyptians first revived it again, from whom it passed on to the Greeks, and from them again on to the Romans. §4 Let us compare the old with the new instruments.
A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing by Lepold Mozart