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AmicoThe Life of Giovanni Battista Viotti$
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Warwick Lister

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372403

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372403.001.0001

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Viotti's Achievement and Legacy

Viotti's Achievement and Legacy

(p.365) CHAPTER ELEVEN Viotti's Achievement and Legacy

Warwick Lister

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers how Viotti exerted influence on violin playing and composition in the 19th century through his playing, his compositions, and his teaching. The putative role of Viotti as the father of modern violin playing is discussed, with attention given to a genealogy of teachers and pupils “descended” from Viotti through the 19th century and into the 20th. The conservative and progressive elements of his violin concertos are considered, as well as the influence of violin methods and treatises, particularly Baillot's L'Art du violon of 1834. Lastly, his various friendships are reviewed, his love for Margaret Chinnery being the most important—in fact, as shown in his letters to her, this was the mainspring of his existence from the time he met her in 1792 until his death.

Keywords:   Baillot, compositions, Margaret Chinnery, teaching, violin methods, violin playing

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