Praktische Violin-Schule

Tonight I will share an interesting music book that I have in my library. I recently brought this home from my parents.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookThis book is not in very good shape, but it was printed sometime between 1870 and 1875 so is almost 150 years old. You can tell here that the book at one time was rebound with a new cover and would benefit from some additional conservation work.

The book is Praktische Violin-Schule (Practical Violin-School) and is a reprint of the methodology of Christian Heirich Hohmann who was a music composer and instructor in the mid 1800’s. He taught in Schwabach, Germany which is near Nürnberg.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookThe book that I have contains the first two courses. This is the title page for the first course (Erster Cursus).

Hohmann wrote Violin school I in 1835 and Violin school II in 1836.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookSo how do I know that the book was printed between 1870 and 1875?

First is a stamp on the front cover made in 1875. This would most likely have been stamped at the time of purchase.

The cover lists Wilhelm Schmid as the publisher. Wilhelm Schmid opened a bookstore in Nürnberg in 1853. The cover also lists München and he did not open a store there until 1870. Therefore the book was published sometime after 1870 and before 1875.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookThe name Gustav Keller? is handwritten on the cover and this was possibly the original owner of the book.

It would be interesting to find out how the book came to American and ended up in Missouri at my parents house.

Most likely Gustav immigrated to American from Germany and brought it along with his violin. A quick census search provided me with a couple of candidates who ended up in Wisconsin and Iowa.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookThe book has some nice illustrations of how to position yourself to play the violin.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookYou can definitely see here that the book has some condition issues.

I really like the illustrations here, and this on brings back memories of learning how to hold my cello bow.

Violin Schule, Christian Heinrich Hohmann, Wilhelm Schmid, Violin BookBy the end of the second course the music is a bit complicated. It starts out with whole notes and slowly progresses to more difficult music.

Definitely a reminder of the piano and cello lessons I took as a child.

I hope you enjoyed my wandering thought about this old music instruction book.

Steven

 

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