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Violin Family and its Makers in the British Isles
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`This book will surely stimulate interest in the subject and lead to a more solid understanding of our idiosyncratic tradition.' The Strad `...contains a fascinating information ranging from a history of the introductions of violins to England, to a glossary of contemporary British makers and the instruments played by musicians in major British orchestras.' Strings `The scope of the book is broad, conscientiously covering England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and providing a comprehensive listing of British violin makers up to the present. This book will surely stimulate interest in the subject and lead to a more solid understanding of our idiosyncratic tradition.' Brian Harvey, The Strad `represents the first detailed examination of the history of violin making in Britain .,.. Harvey's consultations with a number of prominent British violin tradesmen and craftsmen lend the work a promising pedigree ... The book is lavishly illustrated with examples of the work of the principal makers discussed ... Harvey has researched extensively the available literature surrounding his topic and provides copious footnotes to direct the reader towards other pertinent publications ... one should not underestimate Harvey's achievement in bringing together under one cover a mass of disparate information from numerous sources and presenting his conclusions in a logical, intelligent, authoritative and thoroughly readable style without the pomposity, exaggeration and self-indulgence which bedevils much that has been published on this potentially esoteric subject' Robin Stowell, Music and Letters, Vol 77 No. 2, May '96 `This book is a delight from start to finish. It is the first I have encountered on violin makers that deals with the subject from every possible aspect ... this is a readable, well-documented and stylishly written book with a wealth of information making it well worth the cost.' Margaret Campbell, The Consort: European Journal of Early Music, Vol. 52, No. 2, Autumn 1996 `provides a fascinating source of information both for interest and for reference' Roger Bigley, Music Matters, Newsletter Issue 29, Spring 1996 `the narrative gives the background and perspective to the work of the best known British makers such as Barak, Norman, Parker, the Forster family, Betts, etc and provides a fascinating source of information both for interest and for reference' Roger Bigley, RNCM Magazine - Spring '96 `Harvey's book will undoubtedly become a standard work of reference ... I cannot really ... think of any single person at present who could have written a better one.' Peter Holman, University of London, Notes, December 1996

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