Bowing techniques in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2: Exploring the right hand’s effect on left-hand technique

Hopson, Caroline (2017). Bowing techniques in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2: Exploring the right hand’s effect on left-hand technique MPhil Thesis, School of Music, The University of Queensland. doi:10.14264/uql.2017.331

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Author Hopson, Caroline
Thesis Title Bowing techniques in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2: Exploring the right hand’s effect on left-hand technique
School, Centre or Institute School of Music
Institution The University of Queensland
DOI 10.14264/uql.2017.331
Publication date 2017-02-10
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Simon Perry
Adam Chalabi
Total pages 43
Language eng
Subjects 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Formatted abstract
This critical commentary seeks to clarify ways in which bow technique can enhance left-hand technique, leading to the co-dependence of the two hands. The importance (and relative neglect) of bowing practice, is described in the Literature Review, with reference to many influential performers and pedagogues, and these views provide a context that justifies the need for further research in this area. This commentary employs a practice-led approach to research, which gives the work an accessibility and relevance to current teachers and performers. It features the research of Percival Hodgson, a pioneer of photographic experiments of bowing patterns in the early to mid 1900s. The bowing patterns analysed in his Motion Study and Violin Bowing of 1934 are identified and investigated through a case study based on preparation of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, which was performed as part of the performance component of this project. Prokofiev’s Second Concerto provides material for the numerous, different types of bowing described by Hodgson, while also providing a myriad of potential left-hand difficulties for the performer that can be solved with the help of an organized bow technique. By understanding the circular motions of bowing, decided for us by natural laws, deficiencies in the left hand can be addressed. My research suggests the potential for physical and mental freedom, as a result of analyzing the exact motions of the codependent hands. This commentary will not only help the future performer or teacher of this work, but any violinist seeking to feel more free in their practice and performance.
Keyword Bowing
Co-dependence
Practice
Cyclegraph
Motion
Shifting
Articulation

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Created: Wed, 01 Feb 2017, 09:25:32 EST by Caroline Hopson on behalf of University of Queensland Graduate School