This 2 Volume Set is a guide to the art of playing the violin in a professional orchestra. It is a workbook, reference tool, and textbook for
- conservatory and college students who are preparing for an orchestral career.
- audition candidates at the beginning or at the later stages in their career.
- string teachers, conductors, and composers.
- classes for conservatories, universities, and summer programs.
The Orchestral Violinist's Companion provides a comprehensive survey of the vast range of skills and knowledge an orchestral player needs: strategies for practicing and sight-reading, bowing and left-hand technique, pizzicato and other special techniques, ensemble playing and command of rhythms, knowledge of notation and performance practice, familiarity with a core repertoire of orchestral works, audition preparation, and strategies for coping with career issues including the physical and mental stresses of long-term orchestral work.
Excerpts from more than 340 works by 87 composers are provided with bowings, fingerings, metronome markings, stylistic suggestions, and tips for practicing.