Thomas Jefferson: Musician And Violinist

Thomas Jefferson: Musician And Violinist

  • Publish Date: 2002-02-25
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Sandor Salgo
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Thomas Jefferson once wrote, Music is the passion of my soul. This essay by Stanford University Professor of Music Emeritus Sandor Salgo explores one of the lesser recognized aspects of Jefferson's life: his love of music and his talent as a violinist. Jefferson had an extensive collection of books on music and on the art of the violin in his monumental library. However, before now we have not known how his study of these books, called tutors, influenced his musicianship and his abilities as a violinist. Salgo's deep understanding of the history and technique of the violin and of musicianship during Jefferson's time allow him to explore the music Jefferson played and how he acquired the knowledge to pursue the delightful recreation that was a central interest in his life.

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