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The Living Violin: A Complete Guide to Listening, Learning, and Playing (CD Music Series , Vol 4) Hardcover – October 8, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

Music, music, music Adroitly uniting book and CD, Barrie Carson Turner's Living Music series introduces four instruments frequently played by school-age children; titles include The Living Piano; The Living Clarinet; The Living Flute; and The Living Violin. Each book provides background on the instrument's history and how it is made and played, biographies of 10 composers, a brief gallery of great musicians and an index. The accompanying full-length CD from EMI features the same composers, in the same order. The handsome design features plentiful color photographs and art reproductions inset into muted backgrounds of sheet music.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-Turner ostensibly attempts to present an overview of all the facets of the instrument: its history, how it is made, as well as how it is played. He includes a number of biographical sketches of composers who wrote music for the violin; an excellent CD, which comes with the book, features samples of their work. Unfortunately, the relatively short text tries to convey too much information. The author takes the time to describe the "violin family," meaning all stringed instruments, instead of devoting more space to the violin itself. A double-page spread on "Stringed Instruments Around the World" disappoints by including photos of the more common banjo, guitar, and harp, but none of lesser known instruments such as a pipa from China or a cimbalom from Hungary. The other problem is that approximately half the book is taken up with the biographical sketches, which only tangentially relate to the real point of this book. The section on history is more successful, as is the spread on violin making, which shows precisely how pieces of wood can be turned into a beautiful instrument. The quality of the full-color photographs and reproductions, layout, and design is impressive, but the content is lacking.
Tim Wadham, Dallas Public Library, TX
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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