The Art of the Bow is the state-of-the-art DVD investigating the subtleties of one of the world's greatest string players, double bassist Francois Rabbath. Sold in over 20 countries and a must for any string player or teacher, the Art of the Bow features the award-winning bassist perfoming live with orchestra and giving extensive interviews on topics ranging from teaching philosophies to performance anxiety.
Lecture-demonstrtions are enhanced by user-selectable camera angles. The highlight of the DVD is the "Silent Motion Study" - biomechanics animations that clearly show the intricacies of the 7 families of bow strokes. Over 3 hours in length, this DVD represents a milestone for modern string pedagogy.
The art of transcription - of recasting music, more or less literally, from one performance medium into another - has been a common practice for a long time. A good transcription (or a paraphrase) tests the abilities and the imagination of the transcriber as much as the creation of an original composition. Trying to maintain the distinct characteristics of a given work, while meeting the demands of a new medium, are not always easily achieved. But in a world where the pursuit of stylistic authenticity has become the performance ideal, transcriptions and paraphrases have often been frowned upon by purists as tamperings or sacrilegious alterations with the purity of the composer’s original.