Inspiring books about violinists or by violinists
Hello, could you please share your best and most inspiring books you have read about violinists or written by violinists. I am sure this has been asked before. The recommendations I found posted in 2010 we have now read (some of them). Any new ones will be very much appreciated. Much obliged, Mel
Anything by Arnold Steinhardt.
I’d strongly suggest either of Fritz Kriesler’s biographies: Fritz Kreisler by Louis Lochner and Fritz Kreisler: Love's Sorrow, Love's Joy by Amy Biancolli. I also really enjoyed the collection of interviews in Violin Mastery by Martens.
I think there was an earlier forum on this topic (perhaps the one you refer to, Melinda) but it is nice to repeat a good conversation! I like Edward Dusinberre 'Beethoven for a Later Age' and Vikram Seth's novel 'An Equal Music'. I find a lot of insights in 'Conversations with Menuhin' by Robin Daniels.
[wicked joke]the complete works of Simon Fischer[/wicked joke]
I really like the books of Laurie. I just started to read volume 1 again. For me there is a lot of inspiration in all those different personalities and approaches in all those interviews. (Violinist.com interviews volume 1 and 2 by Laurie Niles)
I also liked Indivisible by four
Thank you all! Much appreciated. Will work through my new list now!
One of the best autobiographies by a leading violinist is Joseph Szigeti's "With Strings Attached". Out of print now but often available on ebay and elsewhere.
I read a book by Auer. I thought it was rubbish.
I really enjoyed, "Great Masters of the Violin"
Le Violon Interieur - I'm sorry it's in french but it is the most amazing book, getting to the heart of the violinist in a quest for equilibrium and ease.
“With the Artists” is an excellent book by Samuel Applebaum. It was written while all the great players were alive, and Applebaum got them to share some extremely valuable information and insight.
"'With the Artists' is an excellent book by Samuel Applebaum. It was written while all the great players were alive..."
None of them are from the golden age of violin playing. The term “the great players” is in common use and refers to those who were part of that age and inspired all the current most popular players.
They aren’t so easy to find these days, but the entire “The Way They Play” series by Applebaum is full of great information. Those books have inspired numerous generations.
Fiddling with Life, written by Steven Staryk with Thane Lewis.What a career!!
Agree about Steinhardt's books. He writes very well.
The bio "Yehudi Menuhin" by Humphrey Burton is beautifully written.
I think it's about time for Applebaum & Roth's inestimable "The Way They Play" books to be reprinted, or, which is more feasible today, that they be made available on-line.
Most of the books in the series contain some gems. Here are some of them:
Two books about Heifetz I really enjoyed are, "Heifetz, As I knew him", by Ayke Agus and
Excellent suggestions from everyone so far. Here are my suggestions:
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