• Title: An Incomplete History of the Art of the Funerary Violin
  • Author: Rohan Kriwaczek
  • ISBN: 9781585678266
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An Incomplete History of the Art of the Funerary Violin Exposed by the New York times as a brilliant hoax this imaginative volume of fiction is presented as a scholarly history of a secretive art form the rise flourishing and ruthless suppression of a t
    Exposed by the New York times as a brilliant hoax, this imaginative volume of fiction is presented as a scholarly history of a secretive art form the rise, flourishing, and ruthless suppression of a tradition of solo violin music played at funerals It includes detailed fictional biographies of real or invented persons, alleged period illustrations, and elaborateExposed by the New York times as a brilliant hoax, this imaginative volume of fiction is presented as a scholarly history of a secretive art form the rise, flourishing, and ruthless suppression of a tradition of solo violin music played at funerals It includes detailed fictional biographies of real or invented persons, alleged period illustrations, and elaborate musical scores Compiled from the New York times Oct 4, 2006 article and online reviews.

    One Reply to “An Incomplete History of the Art of the Funerary Violin”

    1. Micro-histories are growing in esteem in both scholarly and popular reading circles. With authors like David Starkey and Erik Larson making historic events, eras and figures accessible to a more expansive audience, the genre is growing and new generations are becoming acquainted with an ever widening scope of the past events, both large and small, that shaped the world around them. This surge in popular history is undoubtedly what brought forth from the shadowy past the history of a tradition sh [...]

    2. This book's worth a read if you've ever fancied yourself a goth.Seriously. It's about the much-maligned art of Funerary Violin; the solo playing for the dead that was - until the church stamped on it - an important part of life. It's about the transition into death, the reminder of mortality for the living, and the persecution of an entire group of musicians at the behest of the Vatican.There's more than a faint whiff of clove cigarettes and black felt about the book, but it is gorgeously produc [...]

    3. This is the imagined history of an imagined art form: solo violin playing at funerals. Written in an academic style, it is a brilliant pastiche and as such is bound to make one smile: the writing itself is mostly dead-pan and does not attempt to be overtly humorous. The author fits his story into real events in the political, social and musical history from the 16th to the 19th century, which adds an air of verisimilitude to this tongue-in-cheek work. The book is handsomely produced, and is comp [...]

    4. This book is not only eye opening about this amazing tradition of players but an obvious work of devotion from a master. My hats off to Mr. Kriwaczek -his playing and his writing inspire me. If you haven't ever heard this music look him up online there are even sound files on myspace - you will want the CD too.

    5. This is a super-cool book, sometimes the chapters can be a bit long so it occasionally drags a little bit, and it gets a bit repetitious at times, but it's fun and is a super idea, well carried off. Recommended!

    6. This is quite a unique book. It's an entirely fictional musical tradition complete with examples. I have a feeling I'd dig it more if I had the musical theory background to really *get* it, but it's still entertaining.

    7. I'm amused. I want to try playing the music at the end on a piano and see if I can at least get a sense of how it sounds.

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