Playing the Viola: Conversations with William Primrose

Paperback | January 1, 1989

byDavid DaltonForeword byJanos Starker

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`In all areas of human endeavour, time and again an individual appears who, due to a multitude of personal attributes, elevates his or her field to a hitherto unknown height. Such an individual was William Primrose. His name and the viola are synonymous.' Janos Starker This unique book is the result of a series of conversations with Primrose in the last years before his death in 1982. David Dalton describes how he came to the great artist armed with every question he could think of pertaining to performing on and teaching the viola. The lively dialogue containsa wealth of illuminating advice for the student on the technicalities of playing the viola. It is, however, far more than a technical guide. The two violists discuss the unique position of their instrument - `an instrument without tradition' is Primrose's bald description. They cover the topic ofrepertoire with fascinating insights into the performance of the great concertos by Bartok and Walton, with which Primrose was so closely associated. Still more invaluable advice emerges from the discussion of Primrose's own experience, on the art of performance, on demeanour on stage, oncompetitions, on recordings, and on preparing for a career. The book is a tribute to one of the greatest artists of this century.

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`In all areas of human endeavour, time and again an individual appears who, due to a multitude of personal attributes, elevates his or her field to a hitherto unknown height. Such an individual was William Primrose. His name and the viola are synonymous.' Janos Starker This unique book is the result of a series of conversations with...

David Dalton is at Brigham Young University, Utah; President of American Viola Society.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:January 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198161956

ISBN - 13:9780198161950

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'will be read with pleasure and profit by players and teachers of all bowed string instruments ... We are indebted to Dalton for capturing in print so much of the wisdom and inspiration of this trail-blazing artist.'Christopher D.S. Field, Galpin Society Journal, XLVI