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Wulfhorst, Martin - The Orchestral Violinist's Companion, Volumes 1 + 2 - Barenreiter Sheet music
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Disclaimer: I'm NOT a professional musician, and I don't play one on TV. I'm in a community orchestra -- and love it. Consider me an enthusiastic amateur (orchestra nerd, if you will).
I got the two-volume set. Now that I have made my first pass of both volumes, I can share my view: the Companion is well organized, with a great blend of principles and practice. There are plenty of thoroughly annotated excerpts to illustrate Wulfhorst's points.
And the density of his points is amazing on all topics. From practicing for different musical aspects (speed, precision, and rhythm, etc) to decoding notation to correct marking techniques to puzzling out bowings, Wulfhorst covers essential topics in a systematic and understandable way. It's not all first violin section information, either. He discusses topics for seconds, as well.
Wulfhorst addresses style, with examples for Baroque, Jazz, Modern, Latin, and other genres. I appreciate that he surveys the different approaches that a musician can encounter with different groups. For example, the romantic period's conception of Baroque style is mentioned right beside the Historically Informed Performance (HIP) approach, along with the wide variations in Baroque tempo over the past century.
Note that these volumes are not leisure reading. The material is detailed and demands close attention.
The Companion is not a basic method book. Beginners will not find basic technique How-Tos, although Wulfhorst briefly touches on what a given technique is, before his detailed description of when to use which technique.
This is not the first text on orchestral playing. It is, however, a valuable addition to a professional or devoted amateur's toolkit.