The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use

'The Strad' Library, No. III.

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Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 30,168 / 97 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.7
LoC Category: ML
Downloads: 1,804
Added to site: 2009.06.14
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Genre: Music
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remonial or pageantry; two subjects which form prominent features in ancient pictorial representations. And if we come to what we fondly term "more civilized" times, we find such crude drawings of early viols and kindred instruments that we must not be surprised if such an apparently unimportant detail as the bow should receive still more perfunctory treatment at the hands of the artist.

We must also remember that the word "fiddlesticks" is still applied to anything that is beneath contempt in its utter lack of importance.

Undoubtedly the idea of exciting vibrations in a stretched string by means of friction is one of great antiquity; so much so, indeed, that the question of origin becomes merely one of conjecture. True, the majority of writers look upon the bow as a development of the plectrum, but this is a theory that I must confess does not strike me as being satisfactorily probable. To paraphrase a popular expression, "fingers were made before plectra," the latter being an

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