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Title: Violoncello school of Andre Navarra
Author: Fargas, Eduardo Xavier
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2008
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This dissertation seeks to answer the question of whether there is a cello-playing school today which we can attribute to the French cellist Andre Navarra. To do this it documents the technical aspects of cello playing which Navarra taught his pupils, through field work, interviewing several of them as to the salient aspects of Navarra's instruction. As far as it has been possible, these topics have also been covered through video material of Navarra demonstrating a summarized version of his technical approach to the instrument, and analysis of video material of Navarra performing. To aid in ascertaining the degree to which the influence of Navarra's instrumental approach has spread, the manifestations of said influence in some of his student's publications have been examined. The situational and interpersonal characteristics of his pedagogy, especially in the context of his group teaching, were also considered. This examination determines that, to a great extent, those of Navarra's pupils who are themselves teachers try to reproduce the group setting, and subscribe to most of the precepts established by Navarra, especially in respect of bowing. Furthermore, Navarra's influence on the publications mentioned above is readily apparent. Portions of the dissertation examine physical principles which help explain the success of Navarra's bowing approach, and its parallels to similar ideas by the violinist Carl Flesch, to whom Navarra acknowledged indebtedness in this regard. The manifestations of Navarra's influence, together with the number of teachers, many now in the third student-teacher generation after Navarra, who are passing on this ideas, lead to the conclusion that the sphere of Influence of Navarra's pedagogy has been pervasive enough to refer to it as a 'school'.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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