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Baroque violin: masterclasses, workshops and coursesA baroque violin, in general, has parts that are typical of those made during the Baroque era. Violinists today who want to recreate the exact sounds and playing techniques of that era use both replicas and unaltered, original Baroque violins. The baroque violin differs from its modern counterpart in the design of its components, including the bow, string tension, and overall tone. While Baroque violins share certain characteristics, there are many variations associated with different European regions and violin makers.
The Baroque violin usually employs gut strings that produce tones that are distinct from modern synthetic or metal strings. While it has been generally believed that Baroque stringed instruments had less string tension than their contemporary versions, there is some debate about this. The Baroque violin bridge differed substantially from the modern bridge in that it was significantly lower and thicker, and the bass bar and fingerboard often also tended to be somewhat shorter. The overall lengths of Baroque violins vary considerably, with some being shorter and others being longer than modern violins.
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By the end of a Baroque Violin course, students should have developed an understanding of the historic techniques and particular skills that will allow them to realise their personal artistic vision and ambitions. To this end particular emphasis is placed on the study of the repertoire most typical of the instrument – including ensemble music – and of the associated techniques and practices, with the aim in mind of developing the student’s ability to play in a wide range of musical ensembles. These objectives should be achieved with a focus on developing the student’s aural and memorisation skills and on obtaining the knowledge specific to the organisation, composition and analysis of music and the relationship between these aspects.
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Particular care should be given to the development of good control of posture and emotional expression. At the end of a course must have acquired a thorough understanding of the stylistic, historical and aesthetic aspects of baroque violin music both in general and relative to their particular field of interest. Also, acknowledging the specific nature of the individual courses, the student must have gained adequate abilities in improvisation and ornamentation. Further study objectives of the course include the attainment of sufficient skills in musical ICT as well as the study of a second language.
The Baroque violin courses offer students the possibility of employment in the following professions: performance as a soloist, instrumentalist in chamber music groups, instrumentalist in orchestras, instrumentalist in orchestras and bands in musical theatre.