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Four and Twenty Fiddlers By Peter Holman (Director of early music group The Parley of Instruments; Senior Associate Lecturer in Music, Director of early music group The Parley of Instruments; Senior Associate Lecturer in Music, Colchester Institute)

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'This is a remarkable and important book: impeccably scholarly yet very readable, brimming with ideas and thoroughly engaging. It will be much enjoyed by musicians with any interest in the early violin or in English music of the 16th and 17th centuries.' Paul Doe in Early Music

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Four and Twenty Fiddlers: The Violin at the English Court 1540-1690 by Peter Holman (Director of early music group The Parley of Instruments; Senior Associate Lecturer in Music, Director of early music group The Parley of Instruments; Senior Associate Lecturer in Music, Colchester Institute)

The royal string band at the English Court had its origins in a six-man consort from Italy, brought to England by Henry VIII in the spring of 1540. Peter Holman's book charts the history of this institution from its beginnings to the time of Purcell. He considers the previous history of instrumentalists at court, the role of the court band in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and its influence on the dance music of the period. The establishment of the band at the English court is set in the context of the violin's place in Europe in the sixteenth century, as the author considers the origins of the instrument and discusses contemporary references to violin bands in court, town, and church. The development of the violin band is traced by reference to an immense amount of documentary information, much of it new. The first thorough treatment of this subject, Peter Holman's book will be welcomed for the new light it sheds on large areas of musical history.

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a well-written and well-researched book, and it's going to stand as the study of the violin and its history for many years to come * FoMRHI *
Holman's excellent book fills a gaping void in the published literature on the violin * BBC Music Magazine *
a veritable mine of information * Strad *

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Four and Twenty Fiddlers: The Violin at the English Court 1540-1690 by Peter Holman (Director of early music group The Parley of Instruments; Senior Associate Lecturer in Music, Director of early music group The Parley of Instruments; Senior Associate Lecturer in Music, Colchester Institute)
Peter Holman (Director of early music group The Parley of Instruments; Senior Associate Lecturer in Music, Director of early music group The Parley of Instruments; Senior Associate Lecturer in Music, Colchester Institute)
Oxford Monographs on Music
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
1996-01-25
518
0198165927
9780198165927
Winner of Derek Allen Prize for Musicology awarded by the British Academy.
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