Demetrios Constantine Dounis (American University Studies)

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9780820438955: Demetrios Constantine Dounis (American University Studies)

The purpose of this book is to describe, investigate, and confirm the recognition of a violin pedagogue who was a major influence to those who studied with him, those who came in contact with those who had studied with him, and even those who came to know his printed works. His published works covering all aspects of violin technique are acclaimed as some of the most advanced and as a breakthrough in violin technique literature. All agreed that he excelled in the diagnostic area and possessed astonishing powers of observation, analysis, and application of scientific principles to problem solving in both the areas of teaching and performance. Dounis' method was based on individual prescription, was a thinking, «Socratic» approach offering an organized and unified purpose to violin technique which included the development of the mind and its observational capacities.

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The Author: Chris A. Costantakos, a student of Demetrios Dounis, holds a Ph.D. in music from New York University. As a violinist, he played with various symphonies, under the baton of Oscar Straus, Sigmund Romberg, David Mendozza, Bob Stanley, Walter Hendl, George Sebastian, Freder Weissman, and Christos Vrionides. He was a member of the faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and presently teaches in his Brooklyn studio.

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«This is indeed an excellent book... Dr. Dounis had one of the most fertile minds, and when applied to violin playing, conceived of the most original and practical exercises of a clarity of analysis beyond anything that had preceded him. In reading this book, I realized more than ever how much his thoughts had influenced my own.» (Yehudi Menuhin)
«...a fascinating document which reveals to a surprising degree some of the more subtle aspects of the unique teaching of Dr. Dounis. It has refreshed my memory...of the remarkable teaching method of Dounis.» (Joseph Silverstein, Music Director, Utah Symphony)
«This book about the legendary D.C. Dounis has rescued this unique teaching genius from the misconceptions and mystery that has clouded his reputation for many years. It is a thorough evaluation and a fascinating personal history - a must for every string player and teacher.» (George Neikrug, Boston University)

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