What is an Urtext?

The more observant musician will have seen this word appearing more and more regularly on their purchased scores in the last, well, 50 years. It now appears that a publisher cannot sell anything without the word appended to the front cover. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of sympathy for publishers at…

A quick practice checklist.

My friend Enrico has been at it again, sending me this link this morning. If you ever feel short of things to think about while practising, have a quick look at this list. It is nominally a list ofconsiderations when moving from one note the next, but much of it would equally work with single…

Contemporary Violin Repertoire

Most students will have to face this issue at some point – the exam that demands something “in a contemporary style” or written after 1945 for example. Choosing such pieces can be surprisingly difficult. Many young players are not exposed to enough modern music early on (too much Teleman, not enough “Spectrum”) and find the…