During the Protestant revolution in Europe, a new kind of music emerged, one that ultimately sought to recognize the deceased and to individuate the sense of loss and grief. But the tradition was virtually wiped out by the Great Funerary Purges of the 1830s and 40s. Kriwaczek tells the fascinating story of this beautiful music, condemned by the Catholic Church for political as much as theological reasons, and of the mysterious Guild of Funerary Violinists that, yes, defends its secrets in our time. This is unquestionably one of the strangest books any publisher has ever risked publishing. Discussing the evolution of European culture, musical forms and society's changing attitudes to mortality and the emotional effects of music upon the soul, this is a dark and magical history.
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The extraordinary history of the almost lost tradition of the Funerary Violin-and of the mysterious guild guards its secretsFrom the Author:
Rohan Kriwaczek is regarded as Englandís foremost authority on the history and practice of Funerary Violin. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1974 with an Advanced Diploma in violin performance. He is currently the Acting President of the Guild of Funerary Violinists, and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation of Funeral Directors (2004). He lives in Brighton.
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