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Violin Virtuosos is a work of rare insight, written by Henry Roth, a professional violinist, author, lecturer and writer with over thirty years of experience in music criticism. He imparts the intricacies of violin playing to the reader in brilliant and readable style. Presenting an historical pageant of the violin over a span of centuries, he explains and pinpoints the strengths, weaknesses, and artistic achievements of great and near-great violinsts. Mr. Roth handles the entire gamut of violin performance with meticulous attention to detail and journalistic flair. A truly comprehensive volume, with 278 rare photographs and illustrations, Violin Virtuosos: From Paganini to the 21st Century belongs in the library of every violinist, violin fancier, and music lover.

Publisher is California Classics, 1977, 1st printing, paperback, 372 pages.

Josef Gingold, the noted violinist and pedagogue says:

I was captivated by the living portraits described by the author; both as to their performance and personality. His description at times is so alive that the artist under discussion seems to be playing for me. Every detail is analyzed with microsopic precision, and never for a moment does the narrative fail to convey the overall dimensions of the artist's life, the time in which he lived and his place in musical history. Roth's encyclopedic knowledge, profound powers of evaluation, uncompromising honesty and boundless enthusiams place him among the top writers dealing with the art of violin playing.

I loved reading this extraordinary book which I am sure will be read with interest and joy by violin lovers, be they professionals or amateurs.

As a document to our beloved violin, it is unique...