Development of the Violoncello and Leading German Cello Schools of Pedagogy of the 19th Century Cover Image

Развитие на виолончелото и водещите немски виолончелови педагогически школи от XIX век
Development of the Violoncello and Leading German Cello Schools of Pedagogy of the 19th Century

Author(s): Hristo Hristov
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music
Published by: Издателство НМА „Проф. Панчо Владигеров”
Keywords: violoncello; German cello schools of the 19th century; L. Boccherini; B. Romberg; Fr. Dotzauer; D. Poper; K. Davydov

Summary/Abstract: This article analyzes cello performing art of the 19th century. This instrument’s characteristics and playing technique are shown in detail – in context of the said époque. German violoncello schools are studied and their impact on European cellists is surveyed, as well as some contradictions of various 19th c. German cello teaching schools – in contrast to the real possibilities of the emerging new cello. Survey and discussion are done on 19th c. left – and right-hand cello performance techniques. There are also examples given of contradictions between the cello’s difficulty level and real possibilities. Violoncello performance achievements throughout the 19th century have demonstrated the need of a new achievement dating system, discussed here.