Exposed by the New York times as a "brilliant hoax," this imaginative volume of fiction is presented as a scholarly history of a secretive art form: "the rise, flourishing, and ruthless suppression of a tradition of [solo] violin music played at funerals." It includes detailed fictional biographies of real or invented persons, alleged "period" illustrations, and elaborate musical scores. --Compiled from the New York times Oct. 4, 2006 article and online reviews.
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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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