I don't know Up from Down (Bow) (2018)

Jesse Feves
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Name: Jesse Feves Main Subject: Violone Research Supervisor: Johannes Boer Title of Research: I don't know Up from Down (Bow) Research Question: How do I choose my bowings when playing J.S. Bach's Orchestral suite no.2 on 16 foot Violone? Summary of Results: Although all string players are interested in the problems of bowing, it remains a major point of discussion at rehearsals and takes up a lot of time. More often than not there is not enough time, short-cuts are taken, and the bowings are just a standard imposed on the music for ease of rehearsal. A phrase can be played differently with the same bowing directions or sound the same with different bowings. To be able to play a phrase the way I would like it should I practice until satisfied or change the bowings? Due to the lack of information on bowing directions of 16 foot Violone in the 18th century I have looked to visit treatises of the 18th century that contain information on bowing directions of the violin. This piece has been chosen in particular because much thematic material of the violins also occurs in the basso, enabling the possibility of comparing similarities and differences. The extent to which the 18th century rules of violin playing apply to the 16 foot Violone remains arguable, as the rules themselves. Biography: Jesse Feves, born and raised in Amsterdam, started his musical career transporting his mother’s harpsichord and sleeping under it. His older brother's example of terrific violin playing and hand-me-down violins served the tenderfoot well, studying with Coosje Wijzenbeek and Lorna Glover. Some years ago a new delight, the Double Bass, entered his life appreciating bass lines and drawing much inspiration from his father.
typeresearch exposition
last modified23/11/2018
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published inKC Research Portal
portal issue3. Internal publication

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