I finally got my copy of Ricci's Glissando, and although I am in no doubt as to the value of the book on several levels, I was surprised by Mr. Ricci's description of violin technique before the advent of the chinrest.
According to the book "there were no such concepts as positions or shifting in the old system". Well, actually positions and shifting are mentioned in several baroque era tutors, as well as Geminiani in 1751, and Leopold Mozart in 1756.
But I am not familiar with the pedagogical literature of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, so my question for you all is: is there any documentation of a widespread (i.e. Paganini aside) school of technique which fits Mr. Ricci's description of the 'glissando' technique?
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