Written by a composer and a musician, The Contemporary Violin offers a unique menu of avant-garde musical possibilities
that both performers and composers will enjoy exploring. Allen and Patricia Strange's comprehensive study critically examines extended performance techniques found in the violin literature of the latter half of the twentieth century. Drawing from both published and private manuscripts, the authors present extended performance options for the acoustic, modified, electric, and MIDI violin, with signal processing and computer-related techniques, and include more than 400 notated examples.
The authors begin with bowing techniques and proceed systematically through other aspects of string playing, including MIDI technologies. Their correspondence and research with many performers and composers, the book's extensive score and text bibliography, and the discography of more than 130 recordings make The Contemporary Violin a valuable contemporary music reference and guide. An additional benefit is its listing of Internet resources that will keep the reader up to date with recent developments in contemporary performance and composition. First published by UC Press, 2001.
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Allen Strange is a practicing composer and the author of Electronic Music: Systems, Controls, and Techniques (1985). Patricia Strange is a musician dedicated to the performance of contemporary and experimental music. She is Principal Second Violin for the San Jose Symphony.Review:
...has been painstakingly compiled, with over 475 notated examples, many diagrams, and an invaluable index of scores, recordings and website addresses. (Music Teacher)
This is a voluminous work, evidently a labor of love, and the product of intensive thought, research, and experience....well organized. (Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association)
It's sure to enter the canon, becoming a basic reference guide for any string player performing music written in the last 50 years. (Strings)
A wealth of detailed information about the technical possibilities of the modern violin is offered in The Contemporary Violin...a brilliant resource...a great asset to the modern violinist's bookshelf. (Classical Music)
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