Journal of Undergraduate Research


Baroque, modern string player, music, string instruments


Fine Arts and Communications




Historically informed performance, or playing music how we think it would have sounded within the era that it was written, is becoming increasingly popular. Because recordings are not available for anything played in the 17th or 18th century, we rely on books and treatises of that era to determine style (phrasing, tempi, pitch, articulations, etc.) Although many scholars have published on the subject of Baroque Era playing, I have discovered that these, often large, books can be intimidating to the average music student. Watching students avoiding the texts and attempting to learn the style from mere imitation has motivated me to compile an abridged version of these treatises and add very simple exercises that will hopefully ease the transition to “Baroque playing.” I limited my audience to stringed instruments.

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