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Cello Technique: Principles and Forms of Movement

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Publisher Comments:

"Obligatory reading." - from the foreword by Janos Starker. "Cello Technique" is not an instruction book or a "cello method" but a scientific explanation of learning processes, bodily movements, and principles of sound production. Simple drawings and easily performed experiments show how to conserve energy and avoid fatigue and muscular tension. Gerhard Mantel discusses placement of the fingers on the fingerboard, position changes, vibrato, and various types of bowing; and he offers valuable advice on getting the most out of practicing and how not to practice.

Synopsis:

An analysis of the physics and physiology involved in playing the cello. For performers, teachers, and mature students.

About the Author

GERHARD MANTEL is Professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Müsik, Frankfurt, and a noted concert artist. BARBARA HAIMBERGER THIEM teaches cello and is artist-in-residence at Colorado State University.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Janos Starker

Translator's Note

Introduction

Part One: Goal-Directed Movement

I. On Controlling Movement

General Issues

Goal Conception

Control of Movement

II. The Physics of Movement

Energy and Mass

Equilibrium

Energy Reserve and Looseness

III. Movement As Gestalt

Movement in Space

Movement in Time

Part Two: The Fingerboard

IV. Position Change

Total Body Movement during Position Change

Rotation of the Body and the Leg Muscles

Elasticity of the Body

Breathing and Position Change

Bow Direction and Position Change

Portamento and Rhythm

Movement of the Left Arm during Position Change

Movement of the Hand and Fingers during Position Change

Finger Activity during the Anticipatory Movement

V. Placement of Fingers, Hand, and Arm Within One Position

Hand and Position

The First Four Positions

The Transitional Positions (Fifth to Seventh)

The Thumb Positions

String Crossings and Double Stops

VI. Movement Within the Hand

Percussion

The Trill

Fluency

VII. Vibrato

Vibrato as a Means of Expression: Frequency and Amplitude

Vibrato Movement of the Arm

Application of Vibrato

Vibrato and Pitch Level

Part Three: The Bow

VIII. The Bowed String

How Is a Sound Produced on the String?

Change of Volume: Pressure, Speed, and Contact Point

Sound Colors

Speed, Pressure, and Contact Point in Their Practical Application

Problems of Sound Production: How to Make a String Speak

IX. Transmission of Pressure to the String

Arm Weight

Moment of Rotation (Rotational Force)

Pressure Relationships in the Bow Hand

Holding the Bow

Slanting the Instrument

X. Movement of the Right Arm

Upper Arm and Forearm in a Whole-Bow Stroke

Hand and Finger Movements during a Whole-Bow Stroke

Bow Change

String Change

Simultaneous Bow and String Change

XI. Different Kinds of Bowing

Détaché

Martellato

Staccato

Off-the-String Bowings

Conclusion

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253210050
Translator:
Thiem Barbara Haimberger
Foreword:
Starker, Janos
Translator:
Thiem Barbara Haimberger
Translator:
Thiem Barbara Haimberger, Barbara Haimbe
Foreword:
Starker, Janos
Author:
Thiem Barbara Haimberger
Author:
Barbara Haimberger Thiem Barbara Haimberger
Author:
Starker, Janos
Author:
Mantel, Gerhard
Author:
Thiem Barbara Haimberger, Barbara Haimberger
Author:
Starker, Janos
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Instruction and study
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Strings
Subject:
Violoncello
Subject:
Violoncello -- Instruction and study.
Subject:
Music-Strings
Subject:
Musical Instruments - General
Subject:
Music; Pedagogy; Performance; Strings
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
[71-102]
Publication Date:
19950831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.17 x 5.46 x 0.75 in

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