During the Protestant revolution in Europe, a new kind of music emerged, one that ultimately sought to recognise the deceased and to individuate the sense of loss and grief. Reaching its zenith in the early 19th century during the age of Romanticism, when every town and village had their own Funerary Violinist, the tradition was virtually wiped out by the Great Funerary Purges of the 1830s and 40s. "An Incomplete History" 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. Discussing the evolution of European culture, musical form, politics, religion and society's changing attitudes to mortality and the emotional effects of music upon the soul, this is a dark and magical history whose secrets will both fascinate and educate its readers.
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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 England’s 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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Book Description London: Duckworth, 2006. New copy. *, 2006. Book Condition: New. New copy. 8vo 210 pages. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # _39616_J_
Book Description Duckworth, 2006. Hardcover; Pictorial Boards. Book Condition: New. 210pp, illustrations. Describes the curious (possibly not entirely genuine) history of this secretive society, including complete musical scores from its archive. The author recounts the origin of the practice of employing a solo violinist at post-Reformation funerals; the careers of the greatest Funerary Violinists, such as Herr Hieronymous Gratchenfleiss and Pierre Dubuisson, and the 19th-century purge which led to the tradition's almost complete obliteration. Bookseller Inventory # 9832
Book Description Duckworth Publishing, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110715636049
Book Description Duckworth Publishing, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0715636049