In its early history, the cello was a genuine 'bass' violin that came in three sizes and from the thirteenth century was played side by side with viols and later violins. The instrument we know today came into general use by the time the great makers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries - such as Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri - brought their craft to perfection and made numerous of the instruments most sought after by today's virtuosi.
Many of the earliest known professional cellists were employed as court musicians, but their names have not been widely known. The most familiar names belong to those early cellists who were also composers: Boccherini, Romberg, Piatti and Popper. In more recent times, the great Europeans Becker, Klengel and Salmond led to Feuermann, Piatogorsky, Fournier, Rostropovich, and above all to Casals; and they, in turn, have greatly influenced contemporary musicians such as the late Jacqueline du Pr and the manifold brilliant players from Russia, Japan and the USA. The Great Cellists reveals a splendid range of personalities from the conventional to the eccentric. Included also are the numerous less well-known cellists who were important as founders of the various national 'schools'.
Margaret Campbell has interviewed many eminent musicians and had rich access to letters and private documents in her coverage of the last hundred years. Her absorbing book presents to the reader a rich vision of skills and traditions that have been handed down nationally through the generations, and developed internationally since the twentieth century. It is a book for string players, students, concertgoers and CD buffs - indeed, anyone who enjoys the sound of the cello.
Margaret Campbell, who began her career as a Fleet Street journalist, is the author of Dolmetsch: The Man and His Work, Henry Purcell: Glory of His Age and Andrew Lloyd Webber: Married to Music. A former editor of the British Journal of Music Therapy, she has been a regular contributor to The Strad and other musical journals, and has written regularly for the Independent.
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In this compelling novel of love, loyalty, and lost chances, Margaret Campbell Barnes gives readers a new perspective on Richard the Lionheart's triumphs and tragedies. Drawing on folklore, Barnes explores what might have happened if King Richard's foster brother were none other than Robin Hood, a legendary figure more vibrant than most in authentic history. Thick as thieves as Richard builds a kingdom and marshals a crusade, the two clash when Robin Hood so provokes the king's white hot temper that Richard banishes him. The Passionate Brood is a tale of a man driven to win back the Holy Land, beset by the guilt of casting out his childhood friend, and shouldering the burden of being the lionhearted leader of the Plantagenets.
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"Barnes vividly depicts Anne's hopes and fears in an age where royal marriages were brokered like a cattle fair, and beheading could befall even a Queen."
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"Rich in detail and flows beautifully, letting readers escape into Anne's court and country life. It is a must read for those who love exploring the dynamic relationships of Henry VIII and his wives."
-Historical Novels Review on My Lady of Cleves
As a young woman, Elizabeth of York has the most valuable possession in all of England-a legitimate claim to the crown. Her quest to do what is right for her country and her family throw her into a tumultuous drama of political intrigue, rebellion, and murder.
Two princes battle to win Britain's most rightful heiress for a bride and her kingdom for his own. On one side is her uncle Richard, the last Plantagenet King, whom she fears is the murderer of her two brothers, the would-be kings. On the other side is Henry Tudor, the exiled knight. Can he save her from a horrifying marriage to a cut-throat soldier?
Thrust into the intrigue and drama of the War of the Roses, Elizabeth has a country within her grasp-if she can find the strength to unite a kingdom torn apart by a thirst for power.
A refreshing historical fiction about infamous Tudor England, fans of Philippa Gregory, Anya Seton and Sharon Kay Penman will delight in this richly drawn tale of the woman who launched one of the most dramatic dynasties England has ever seen.
Other books about the Tudors by Margaret Campbell Barnes:
Brief Gaudy Hour a refreshing novel of Anne Boleyn, cast in a new light
My Lady of Cleves a fresh story of Anne of Cleves, the bride who survived Henry VIII
King's Fool an insider account of the Tudor Court, told by Henry VIII's one true friend
"it comes to life with all the color and vibrancy that are the hallmarks of excellent historical fiction."
"full of intrigue, lies and many a plot to take over the throne"
"full of backstabbing, betrayal, intrigue, murder, dangerous obsessions, plotting, war, rebellion and child murder. Seriously, why wouldn't you want to read it!"
"This time in history is seen through her eyes, with a mother's heart and a sister's prayer."
"an engaging story"
"a fascinating fifteenth century tale of political intrigues, power, and love that will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned."
"a FASCINATING read."What reviewers are saying about Tudor Rose:"I couldn't stop reading... a classic. " - Musings of a Bibliophile
"This story delivers the fantastic mixed with a dose of realism... rich with detail and history." - The Long and Short of It
"Elizabeth is an interesting woman and her story is definitely a unique one!" - Passages to the Past
"The Tudor Rose is a wonderful historical read and well worth curling up with for immersion into another world. " - Medieval Bookworm
"If you love Historical Fiction or the Tudors, you cannot go wrong by picking up this book." - The Literate HousewifeWhat everyone is saying about Margaret Campbell Barnes:
"Margaret Campbell Barnes has added brilliant hues to a picture which never lacked in color." - Vancouver (BC) Daily Province
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"Turns A BRILLIANT LIGHT on one of the lustiest and one of the most dramatic periods of English history." - Philadelphia Inquirer
Richard's love for his wife, Anne of Bohemia, gave him the strength to outwit the schemes of his enemies and govern as he saw fit, providing England with years of properity under his reign. But when tragedy strikes, Richard begins to loose the common touch by which he had ruled so brilliantly, and begins a downward spiral from which his detractors would derive strength...
"Sympathetic picture of sensitive, peace-loving, and ill-beset Richard II, who had it in him to be one of the best kings England ever had."-Booklist
"Ms. Barnes captures the flavor, pageantry, and color of the Middle Ages...a distinguished novel." -Philadelphia Inquirer