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Bows, Strings, and Bowing

  • Knut Guettler
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Abstract

It is to the credit of François Tourte (Paris, ca. 1747–1835) that modern bows give a more direct impact on the string than their predecessors. This feature is of utmost importance when applying off-string, bouncing techniques such as spiccato and ricochet, but even for a stroke such as martelé, where quick reduction of bow force is required during the attack. With Tourte’s concave-cambered bow, the bow force increases rapidly when the bow stick is falling or pressed against the string. With the old concave or straight bows, more movement, and thus time, was required for establishing comparable bow force.

Keywords

String Tension String Amplitude Corner Rounding Tone Onset Soft Finger 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Norwegian Academy of MusicJarNorway

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