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Leopold Mozart's violine teachings are republished

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Thursday February 1, 2007

Vienna- A Salzburg publishing house has reissued Leopold
Mozart's legendary treatise on violin playing - 237 years after it
was first in print, the Austrian press agency reported on Thursday.
Polzer, an art publishing house, published 3,000 linen-bound
copies of a revised version of the comprehensive treatise written by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's father around 1756.

A team of musicians and historians carefully adapted Leopold
Mozart's 334-page work for the 21st century.

Musicologist Gottfried Franz Kasparek translated the outdated
language of the texts, but "without changing too much of Leopold's
style," he said.

Musician Martin Hinterholzer transcribed the notation and
violinist Beni Schmid checked the work for contemporary relevance.

Schmid attested the work "timeless validity" and added it was also
very helpful for better understanding son Wolfgang's violin sonatas.

One reason for the republication was that the previous second
edition, published in 1769/70, could by now be obtained only with
great difficulty and at great cost.

Outdated language and writing style proved to be further obstacles
for modern reception, Kasparek said. The new edition was based on a
copy from Salzburg's Mozarteum foundation.

Salzburg art patron Donald Kahn acquired 2,000 copies and plans to
give them to music schools in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The
shop price will be 29.50 euros, the publishing house said.

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