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Music Treatises in the Conservatory Special Collections: Stringed Instrument Treatises

17th Century

Leopold Mozart's Violonschule

Leopold Mozart's Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule is a landmark treatise in the history of violin playing.  It stands alongside C.P.E. Bach's 1753 Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen and Johann Joachim Quantz's 1752 Versuch einer Anweisung die Flöte traversiere zu spielen as a key work for understanding performance practice and musical style of the 18th century.

The first printing was in 1756 (Augsburg), and the work proved to be so popular that other editions appeared in 1769/70 (Augsburg), 1787 (Augsburg), 1791 (Frankfurt and Leipzig), 1800 (Augsburg), 1804 (Leipzig), 1806 (Vienna), and 1817 (Leipzig).  The work's popularity inspired multiple translations, including a Dutch version from 1766 and a French version from 1770. The work first appeared in English in 1948 (with a preface by Albert Einstein), and a facsimile of the 1756 edition first appeared in 1922.

Oberlin holds copies of the following editions and translations:

18th Century

19th Century