Manuscript Translation of "The Art of the Violin, or an Accurate Method of Learning to Play Well on That Instrument, Originally Composed by the Celebrated Geminiani. Newly Revised, Augmented, Explained, and Enriched, with New Examples, Preludes, Airs, and Progressive Lessons and Du."

Geminiani, Francesco; Metcalf, E. (trans.)

Published by E. Metcalf, New York, 1813
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Title: Manuscript Translation of "The Art of the ...

Publisher: E. Metcalf, New York

Publication Date: 1813

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good


Originally printed in Paris, 1750. Folio, 59 leaves, bound in a ledger in reversed calf binding, cover detached and worn. In custom pigskin clamshall, of the same design as the original binding. This work should not be confused with the other work by Geminiani, "The Art of Playing the Violin," Paris 1752. This manuscript was never published -- it's unique, polished and accomplished -- simply lovely. Metcalf worked on this translation for a number of years, the first draft of which resides in the Special Collections of the Boston Public Library (a microfilm is available for comparison). Geminiani (1687-1762) was a composer, a student of Corelli, and a contemporary of Vivaldi and Handel. A widely celebrated virtuoso in his time, he is today best remembered for his influence as a teacher, beautifully evidenced here. Metcalf is less well known, but his careful translation begs further research. Bookseller Inventory # D5046

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