Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Lyric Viola: 26 February 2008

Things are clearing up with the use of comp time for work, postponing one project and moving one exam forward in the run-up to the recital. One of the courses I'm trying to clear up in advance deals with the ability to compile very large (10-15 pages per two-week project) bibliographies to show you can source the materials if you wanted to do actual research. One of skills involved is trying to sort out the hundreds of titles which show up in online searches which just aren't relevant. In doing so you find what you might call strange bibliofellows.

We thought we had something when the topic of plainchant brought up Gregorian Chant and my Personal Organ Style. But then sourcing materials on Machaut's isorhythmic motets brought up Machaut and the Wild Beast. The most recent topic - the development of violin technique to 1700 - has allowed these gems to emerge:

Moss, Lloyd.; Priceman, Marjorie. Zin! zin! zin! A violin!
Namioka, Lensey; Kiefte, Kees de. Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear
Marioni, Tom. Beer, Art and Philosophy: a Memoir.
Lyndon-Jones, Graham. Real instruments and fake putti.

and one of my favourites yet:

Physiologie des professions: le violiniste: art-- mécanisme-- hygiène

I wonder if it means what I think it means, because violinistic hygiene as a research topic would be simply fascinating.

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