The Orchestral Violinist's Companion - Volumes 1 & 2
Author: Martin Wulfhorst
Size: 9.1 x 11.8 inches
Today's professional orchestral musicians are highly specialized and highly qualified instrumentalists. While the traditional study at universities and music schools gives students an excellent foundation for orchestral playing, it has long been acknowledged that it often does not prepare a musician for all the challenges of orchestral life.
This volume imparts knowledge and skills essential for the orchestral violinist, extending on the musicians high school or university education. This advice and training manual is intended to serve as a guide for the full course of a musicians career from the preparation for an audition to the long-term heavy work load in an orchestra. The volumes cover an abundance of themes, including:
Daily practice routine
Looking after your body
Bow technique and tone production
Left hand technique
Pizzicato technique and other special techniques
Rhythm and ensemble playing
Notation and performance practice
Preparing of orchestral parts
Knowledge of style
Development of a core repertoire
Preparation for auditions
Coping with stage fright
Coping with orchestral life
Appreciation for the orchestra as a social environment
Coping with the long-term physical and mental pressures in an orchestra
Included is a detailed, annotated index of orchestral excerpt collections, thematically relevant books and articles, and recent important studies on Performance Science. Chapters on essential practice and performance techniques include hundreds of examples from over 300 orchestral works, which encompass the areas of symphony, oratorio, opera, operetta and ballet from the period between c. 1750 and 1950. in addition, there are exercises specifically designed to advance a players orchestral technique.
As well as serving as useful teaching material for courses, these volumes are geared towards students currently in graduate or postgraduate courses specializing in orchestral playing, audition candidates, violinists at the start of their career, as well as experienced orchestral musicians and conductors.