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Domenico Dragonetti in England (1794-1846): The Career of a Double Bass Virtuoso Hardcover – 13 Nov 1997

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (13 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198165919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198165910
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,096,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Her obvious passion for the instrument gives her writing an urgent and committed feel. And she is scrupulously fair in her consideration of primary sources, never giving in to the tempration to overemphasise her subject's character tomake hum more bankable. (Warwick Thompson, Classical Music)

To find ... a serious academic publisher prepared to invest in a book that will inevitably interest a comparatively small body of enthusiasts is both refreshing and rewarding ... Fiona Palmer, during her thorough research, has sifted through every available report and laid to rest many of the myths and inaccuracies that have been quoted and misquoted over the years. There is more information about his background in her first chapter than can be found between two covers anywhere else ... a great deal of material has survived from his long and productive period in London, and Fiona Palmer's persistence and exhaustive research into it make her book extremely interesting. (Rodney Slatford, Music and Letters)

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Fiona M. Palmer has been Professor and Head of the Department of Music at the National University of Ireland Maynooth since 2007 having previously held a Senior Lectureship at the Queen's University of Belfast.

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By Brian on 28 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
Although this book does get rather thick at times with historical information, the overall book is full of great stories regarding Dragonetti's colorful life and some wonderful rare musical examples. This is THE most thoroughly researched and most informative bass book around and should be in every bassist's library.
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By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book describes the first double bass prodigy in great detail and is interesting for scholars and non-scholars alike
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Read this book! (after you're done practicing) 30 Dec. 1999
By C. A. Mink - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you are a double bass player and have ever wondered about the development of this most noble musical instrument, you must read this meticulously researched, carefully presented work. Palmer reveals many interesting facets of Dragonetti's life and career in England: his performing technique and compositional style, his personal relationships, the working conditions that he and other musicians of that period endured, and the social/political/musical climate of early 19th century England. This book also dispels many erroneous beliefs that have been perpetuated by less informed authors. Dragonetti was a consummate performer, a clever businessman, and the first major virtuoso of this instrument. He "exerted a profound influence on the history of double bass playing: particularly its reception, status, function, and technique". After I read it I ran right out and bought myself a German bow!
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IL DRAGO 22 Mar. 2002
By Brian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an unbelievably thorough book unearthing more about "Il Drago" than you probably thought was possible. Admittedly, it is a pretty heavy read at times but worth it for the die hard bass fan. Dragonetti is such an important figure to the history of the bass. It is nice to see something as well written as this about such an important bassist. It shows all of Dragonetti's eccentric behavior and his wonderful sense of humor. Bassists weren't wrapped too tight, even back then!
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