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dc.contributor.authorMcMichael, Anna
dc.date.accessioned2019-04-11
dc.date.available2019-04-11
dc.date.issued2018-05-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/20287
dc.description.abstractThis thesis analyses Pierre Marie Franҫois de Sales Baillot’s L’Art du Violon (1834). My argument is that the ideas in his treatise, although written in the mid-nineteenth century, are again relevant in training tertiary violin students to become cultured, creative and adaptable musicians. Classical musicians today face considerable challenges in attracting and inspiring their audiences. While maintaining classical music traditions, musicians and arts organisations therefore are experimenting with new forms of delivery: broader themes and genres, multi-media performances, and new technologies. Performers today must draw upon considerable knowledge and skills in order to appeal to audiences, whether in concert halls or in listening to recorded music. How do we prepare musicians, violinists in particular, for such a challenge? Baillot wrote L’Art du Violon during turbulent times in post-Revolutionary France and at a transitional time from Classical to Romantic eras of music. An eminent musician and Paris Conservatoire professor, he sought to provide a firm foundation for his students and to encourage them to tackle diverse musical material. Baillot admonished his students to hone their technical skills, but, notably for the time, he also urged them to develop their own musical identities and to build personal qualities, such as resilience and broad-mindedness. This thesis explores four key themes from Baillot’s treatise that resonate in today’s musical context: first, valuing and researching older traditions including the art of improvisation; second, embracing change and diversity in musical genres; third, experimenting in practice and performance; and fourth, developing the skills necessary for a successful life in music including as an entrepreneurial musician.en_AU
dc.publisherUniversity of Sydneyen_AU
dc.publisherSydney Conservatorium of Musicen_AU
dc.rightsThe author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.en_AU
dc.subjectBailloten_AU
dc.subjectviolinen_AU
dc.subjectportfolio musicianen_AU
dc.subjectParis Conservatoireen_AU
dc.titleTraining Creative Violinists: Taking a Page from Baillot’s L’Art Du Violonen_AU
dc.typePhD Doctorateen_AU
dc.type.pubtypeDoctor of Musical Arts D.M.A.en_AU


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