Ballon, Séverine
The Techniques of Violoncello Playing
- Systematic description of cello techniques for the left and right hand
- Clear explanations with more than 250 music examples, illustrations and drawings
- Audio samples available for downloading
Date of publication
06/2020
Edition no.
BVK 2376
ISBN
9783761823767
Language(s) of work
English, German
Product format
Book
Binding
Paperback
Pages / Format
ca. 300
This new book from Bärenreiter’s successful series of contemporary playing technique methods is aimed at performers, composers and anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge of the violoncello’s sound potential and technique as well as 20th- and 21st-century violoncello repertoire.

In the first part of the book, Séverine Ballon provides an introduction to the acoustics of the bowed or plucked string and detailed information on techniques for the left and right hand.

In the second part she describes particular timbral phenomena (e.g. scordatura, microtonality, mutes and other aids, flautando, sul ponticello and harmonics) and rhythmic options (e.g. striking with the bow or scratching and thumping on the body of the instrument) and classifies them into various types.

Illustrating the theoretical explanations are many examples from 20th- and 21st-century music and from treatises dating from the baroque era to the present day. Moreover, audio samples recorded by author, cellist and composer Ballon can be downloaded from the Bärenreiter website.

• A comprehensive reference work for composers and performers
• Systematic description of cello techniques for the left and right hand
• Clear explanations with more than 250 music examples, illustrations and drawings
• Audio samples available for downloading


The author

Séverine Ballon studied cello at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin and elsewhere. Later she expanded her technique and repertoire with Siegfried Palm, Pierre Strauch and Rohan de Saran. After serving as solo cellist in the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse from 2005-06, she shifted her focus to the performance of contemporary music. She has premiered solo pieces by Rebecca Saunders, Chaya Czernowin, Franck Bedrossian, Mauro Lanza and Liza Lim and taught master-classes in composition, for example at Harvard and Stanford.
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