Playing the viola: conversations with William Primrose

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Oxford University Press, Apr 28, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages
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Before the death, in 1982, of the renowned violist William Primrose, David Dalton engaged the musician in a lively series of conversations which touched on almost all aspects of viola technique, performance, repertoire, recording, and history. This book is a transcription of this dialogue, containing illuminating advice on holding the viola, bowing, tone, fingering, and practicing, all supported by copious illustrations and musical examples, as well as insights on repertoire for the viola--"an instrument without tradition"--and on performances of the great concertos by Bartok and Walton. Punctuated with frankness and humor, this book is a tribute to one of the greatest artists of this century.

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To the Reader
1
Teacher and Student
14
On Practising
28
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Peggy Lipton has most recently appeared onstage in "The Guys" and "The Vagina Monologues" and on television in "Alias" and the WB's "Popular," She lives in New York and Los Angeles. This is her first book.
David Dalton has written a number of books, including "Piece of My Heart: A Portrait of Janis Joplin" and "Faithfull: An Autobiography," Coco Pekelis Dalton is the author of "Everything I Know I Learned on Acid." The Daltons live in upstate New York.

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