To be published in Dec. 2013: The Orchestral String Player’s Dictionary

   The Orchestral Violinist's Companion

Vol. 1: Training • Practicing and Sight-Reading • Basic Orchestral Technique • Bowing Technique and Sound Production
Vol. 2: Left-Hand Technique • Pizzicato and Other Special Techniques • Rhythm and Ensemble Playing • Notation and Performance Practice • Repertoire and Style • Profession and Career
     483 pp. ISBN 978-3-7618-1758-2, BVK 1758 (Bärenreiter, 2012). EUR 69.00
A textbook, workbook, and reference tool for students, audition candidates, young and experienced orchestral players, teachers, conductors, and composers. Includes excerpts from 340 works by 87 composers. For more information download the flyer. This website is still in the construction phase: more material and more links will be added in the future.

...exceptional in-depth users’ guides to the whole gamut of orchestral know-how ... an indispensable guide for an auditioning orchestral violinist ... a tour-de-foce and an absolutely essential resource ” (Strings 7/2013)
Everything that Wulfhorst has compiled deserves the highest respect. This applies also to his competence and the clarity of answers to virtually any possible question ...should be strongly recommended not only to orchestral violinists.”  (Das Orchester 6/2013)
“...una utilísima guía que enseña al estudiante, ayuda y hace reflexionar al profesional y atrae al aficionado.” (Doce notas 6/2013)
“ awesome compendium for aspiring orchestral violinists and those who want to further develop and refresh their skills and knowledge” (Neue Musikzeitung 6/2013)
“...invaluable...should be part of every conductor’s reference library...” (Conductors Guild 6/2013)   more reviews

“How Should I Work with the Book?”
Downloadable Study Guides and Syllabus

The Companion is a “one-for-all” book: In order to get the most out of the comprehensive material found in the book and at the website, watch the videos and/or download a study guide. Study guides are available for various types of musicians:
• musicians who use the book for reference (Study Guide no. 1)
• “I don’t want to read
I want to start playing right away” (Study Guide no. 2)
• students and young professionals (Study Guide no. 3 and SYLLABUS = Study Guide no. 4, see below)
• violin teachers and teachers of orchestra-repertoire classes (SYLLABUS = Study Guide no. 4; the Syllabus will be completed by the end of 2013 and will also be available as a MS-Word document, for easier editing)
• audition candidates (Study Guide no. 5)
• experienced professional players (Study Guide no. 6)
• concertmasters/concertmistresses and principals (Study Guide no. 7)
• conductors (Study Guide no. 8)
• composers (Study Guide no. 9)


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