New York, NY — Carl Fischer Music will release Wohlfahrt’s Foundation Studies for Violin, Volume 2: 42 Studies (from Opp. 45 and 74) (O2466X - $16.95), a second volume edition of the seminal Wohlfahrt violin method, which has been updated and edited by internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine. The collection contains newly engraved modernized fingerings, bowings and dynamics by Pine, while remaining faithful to the original, and maintaining the same pedagogical sequence as Aiqouni’s classic edition. Also included in the second edition is a DVD of Pine playing all 42 etudes with two camera views so students may see either the bow or the left hand technique along with MP3 audio tracks. Wohlfahrt’s Foundation Studies for Violin, Volume 2: 42 Studies (from Opp. 45 and 74) is for intermediate to advanced players.
Rachel will be signing copies of this new book at Carl Fischer’s booth (#726) at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago on December 20th at 3pm.
“It’s very meaningful to me that I was able to be an editor on Wohlfahrt’s Foundation Studies for Violin, Volume 2, as well as the companion first volume, as these little pieces have been a musical inspiration in my life from violin student to performer and teacher. When I am preparing concert repertoire I still draw on the skills I developed in my early etude lessons. Whether I’m studying and rehearsing solo work, sonatas, concertos, or chamber music, I follow the same steps I learned when practicing Wohlfahrt – I evaluate the work’s architectural structure, listen to all of its harmonies, and build a meaningful interpretation informed by these findings.” says Pine.
Franz Wohlfahrt lived from 1833 to 1884 in Leipzig, Germany. He was the son of a noted piano teacher and became a leading violin teacher of the period. First published during the 19th Century, the Wohlfahrt Etudes have helped develop the technical foundation of musicians for more than a century. The Wohlfahrt Studies introduce a wide variety of rhythmic, bowing, and fingering patterns and focus on various bow techniques such as staccato and spiccato.
Wohlfahrt wrote in his introduction to Op. 45, “The study of the violin presents certain difficulties… which are frequently the cause of a sudden abatement in the pupil’s zeal and ambition, even before he has mastered the first rudiments... It is important, therefore, to smooth these first asperities by showing their utility and making them agreeable… If practiced carefully and intelligently, [these studies] will serve as a solid foundation for the technique of any player ambitious to become an artist.”
Wohlfahrt gave dynamic indications for only a few of his etudes. To Pine, playing a Wohlfahrt etude in a straightforward manner would be ignoring the piece’s innate harmonic and structural development, and so she decided to include her own musical dynamics in the first and second volumes and their companion CDs. These dynamics are meant as suggestions, in hopes of illuminating the meaning behind unresolved chords, leading tones, key changes (especially between major and minor), returns to the home key, and the like. The idea is that students will use these suggestions as a launching point from which to examine why the dynamics are changing, the way the music is put together and how that relates to their technique.
Wohlfahrt includes bowing variations for a number of his etudes with notes in groups of six notes and in groups of eight notes. Pine collated all of his bowing variation suggestions from all of his etudes into a compilation at the front of the book. While no one student is expected to play all the bowing variations for every etude, the compilation allows teachers to pick and choose multiple bowing options, depending on the needs of a particular student.
Pine decided to record a companion DVD for volume two, just as she had done for volume one (released in 2011) so that students could view nuanced performance elements like bow distribution and technical set-up. Each etude was recorded in one complete take. The DVD also includes MP3 audio-only recordings.
This is Pine’s third collaboration with Carl Fischer. In September, 2009, Carl Fischer published The Rachel Barton Pine Collection of original compositions, arrangements, cadenzas and editions penned or arranged by Pine, which earned her the distinction of being the only living artist and first woman to join great musicians like Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz in Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series. In October 2011, Carl Fischer released Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies for the Violin, Book One, edited by Rachel.
In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a great interpreter of classical works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire. Audiences are thrilled by her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making. She plays as a soloist with leading orchestras worldwide as well as giving recital and chamber music performances. She writes her own cadenzas to many of the works she performs including concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, and Paganini. Pine’s prolific discography of 19 recordings on the Cedille, Warner Classics and Dorian labels reflects her love of the classical warhorses, as well as her interest in promoting contemporary composers and exploring music that has been unjustifiably neglected. More information about Rachel Barton Pine may be found at rachelbartonpine.com.
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