Baroque String Playing /

Further Reading

If you are interested in delving deeper into the performance practice of baroque music, a good place to start is with Judy Tarling's book: Baroque String Playing for ingenious learners, 2000, Corda Music Publications.  Judy's book summarises relevant information from many baroque treatises on string playing and performance style and is an excellent resource for today's players of baroque music.

If you are keen to go back to the original sources, here are a few to explore:

Leopold Mozart, Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule, Augsburg, 1756 (translated into English as A Treatise on the Fundamentals of Violin Playing by Editha Knocker, OUP)

Giuseppe Tartini, Traité des Agréments de la Musique,  translated into French by P. Dennis, 1771 (English translation edited by E. R. Jacobi, Celle and New York, 1961)

Johann Joachim Quantz, Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte traversiere zu spielen, Belin, 1952 (translated into English as On Playing the Flute by E. R. Reilly, London and New York, 1966)

If you are performing unaccompanied Bach, you may find the following book helpful:
Joel Lester, Bach's works for solo violin: style, structure, performance, Oxford University Press, 2003

International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
Many manuscript and first edition prints of baroque music, including various editions of all the pieces explored in their resource, are available online from this website.



What is historically informed performance practice?

An introduction to historically informed performance practice of baroque music, and a look at period instruments and bows.


Allemande from JS Bach's Suite no. 1 in G for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007

Ruth Alford explores this movement in the light of other baroque music for 'cello.


Giga from J S Bach's Partita no. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004

Helen Kruger looks at what what baroque theorists had to say about bowing, phrasing and articulation and applies it to this movement.


Largo and Allegro from G P Telemann's Viola Concerto in G, TWV51:G9

Nicholas Logie discusses phrasing, ornamentation and vibrato.


Further Reading