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The History of the Violin, and Other Instruments Played on with the Bow from the Remotest Times to the Present

The History of the Violin, and Other Instruments Played on with the Bow from the Remotest Times to the Present
Also an Account of the Principal Makers, English and Foreign, with Numerous Illustrations


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Music

  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108080095

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About the Authors
  • Solicitor and antiquary William Sandys (1792–1874) had a lifelong passion for music and took cello lessons from the renowned Robert Lindley. His principal interest, however, was the Christmas carol, particularly the ballad carol; his meticulous collection of examples ensured the survival of many melodies that are now well known. Simon Andrew Forster (1801–70), of the London-based family of stringed instrument makers and music sellers, took on the Frith Street business in 1824, but is best known for this collaboration with Sandys. First published in 1864, it is an important treatise of its time, not only for its history of bowed instruments, its survey of the principal makers in Europe, and its details relating to well-known orchestral and virtuoso string players, but also for its first-hand information on the Forster family, listing all the numbered Forster instruments, with the name, in many instances, of the first purchaser.

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    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108080095
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • contains: 59 b/w illus. 1 colour illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. The violin
    2. Egyptian instruments
    3. Fiddle
    4. The bow
    5. The viol in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
    6. Minstrels
    7. Viol in the fifteenth century
    8. Viol and violin in the sixteenth century
    9. Viols and violins in early musical dramas
    10. Viols and violins in English dramatic writers of seventeenth century
    11. Time of Charles II
    12. The eighteenth century
    13. Orchestras
    14. Nineteenth century
    15. Makers
    16. Makers in seventeenth century
    17. Stradiuarius
    18. Italian makers
    19. English makers, from Rayman to Betts
    20. English makers
    21. The Forster family
    22. William Forster (2)
    23. The Forster family and school, continued
    24. English makers, continued
    25. The Banks family
    26. English makers, continued
    27. Recent English makers

  • Authors

    William Sandys

    Simon Andrew Forster

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