"This collection of Etude-Caprices is absolutely fantastic & should be in every teacher's & aspiring violinist's library.  The Bartok Etude is simply ingenious."
                                             - Jaime Laredo, Internationally acclaimed solo violinist,
                                                  chamber musician, and conductor

Amy Barlowe's 12 Etude-Caprices in the Styles of the Great Composers has received raves from violinists and teachers across the globe.  Here is what they are saying...

"In this wonderful volume, Amy Barlowe creates a new genre: the style-study.  For generations young violinists were subjected to the mind-numbing, repetitive drudgery of traditional etudes.  Here, the focus is on creativity and imagination as the student is enticed with the idea that individual composers speak with distinctly different voices.  Each style-study is accompanied with helpful prose delineating strategies for achieving the stated goal.  With her experience as a concert performer, the creative skill of a composer and the abundantly evident care of a dedicated teacher, Ms. Barlowe has made an important contribution to string pedagogy."

Paul Kantor,
Violin Faculty, Cleveland Institute of Music
Artist/Faculty Aspen Music Festival and School
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"Amy Barlowe's newest contribution is valuable to all violinists and teachers. Her original Etude-Caprices evoke the style of 12 great composers, and are excellent pieces for study as well as concert  performance. The pedagogical section combines the technical thoroughness of Sevcik, the analysis of Flesch and the artistic insight of Auer."

Joseph Gold,
Concert violinist and musical historian
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"Amy, I enjoyed playing through the Mozart and Bartok examples, thoughtfully presented with practicing suggestions.  More interesting than Kayser and Wohlfahrt, they provide an opportunity for young players to expand their technical and reading abilities.  A worthy addition to the repertoire!"

Stephen Clapp, D. Mus.
Violin and Chamber Music Faculty, The Juilliard School
Dean Emeritus, The Juilliard School
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"Wonderful book.  Very well organized, informative and useful.  A very practical way to deal with the various issues of style, interpretation and overall technical cleanliness."

Professor Gerardo Ribeiro,
Coordinator of the Strings Program
Department of Music Performance
Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University
Artist/Faculty Meadowmount School of Music
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"Amy Barlowe has done it again…..creating something totally original.  The etudes themselves are, for a change, musically pleasing when compared to many other technique builders.  By providing her section on technical elements and musical features to be addressed, something only a trained and highly competent player/teacher might provide, she has added frosting to an already award-winning cake.  I have seen too many more pedestrian efforts that I myself would never consider presenting to a student.  Bravo Amy!"

Charles Avsharian,
Concert performer, Violin teacher, CEO Shar Products Company
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"I think it is a wonderful  and original idea to write Etudes in the styles of some of the most important composers of  the violin literature.  I also feel that the helpful suggestions regarding style and how to practice, combined with interesting biographical information about the composers will be of great interest and help to teachers and students.  Your book will fill a much-needed gap in our Etude-Literature and I would like to order one as soon as it is published.  The Etudes present  excellent musical and technical challenges and I look forward to using them.  I know how much work and effort this represents and congratulate you on this achievement!!!"

Dr. Walter Verdehr,
Professor of Violin
College of Music
Michigan State University;
Violinist with the Verdehr Trio
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"The inclusion of historical background, photographs and advice for practicing makes this book truly unique for helping students develop both technique and an intuitive sense of musical style.  So, when will it be published for viola?"

Patricia McCarty,
Concert violist and recording artist
Viola Faculty Boston Conservatory
Artist/ Faculty Meadowmount
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"I really enjoyed looking through not only the compositions but also your technical and artistic suggestions.  Material such as this really does make practicing an extension of the lesson itself, because the instructions give the student a sequential rubric for solving whatever physical or musical issues he/she might have.  Bravo!"

Walter Schwede
Professor of Violin and Chairman of Strings, Western Washington University
Artist/Faculty Meadowmount School of Music
Formerly Assoc. Concertmaster of Seattle Symphony and Concertmaster of Seattle Ballet
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"With the publication of Amy Barlowe's 12 Etude-Caprices in the Styles of the Great Composers, there now exists a collection of pieces that will challenge emerging young violinists in an entertaining and informative manner.  These pieces highlight and bring to life the distinctive styles of twelve great composers and contain a variety of technical and musical challenges that are relevant to each composer.  It should be great fun for young people to play and contains well thought out tips and hints for performance, along with information and illustrations about each of these musical masters.  I highly recommend it."

Dene Olding,
Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
First Violin, Goldner String Quartet
Violinist, Australia Ensemble
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"This new collection of Etude-Caprices by Amy Barlowe is a fantastic resource.  Not only are they beautifully composed, but they include excellent bowings and fingerings for the developing student.  In addition, they include important historical  information and a comprehensive guide to learning the musical and technical skills required to be a fine violinist.  I recommend this edition with great enthusiasm!"

Guy Victor Bordo
Director of Orchestras, The University of Akron
Music Director, Richmond Symphony Orchestra
Music Director, Akron Baroque
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"It isn't often that I come across a new book of etudes that I would use in my studio, but 12 Etude-Caprices in the Styles of the Great Composers by Amy Barlowe is a terrific aid to any serious teacher and/or student.  Designed to help usher intermediate students into more difficult etudes, the Caprices have imagination and style, while focusing on specific technical needs.  Bravo Ms. Barlowe."

Chasles Wetherbee,
Teacher
First Violin, Carpe Diem String Quartet
Concertmaster Columbus Symphony Orchestra
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"I have reviewed several of the Etude-Caprices written by Amy Barlowe and recommend them as a welcome addition to the educational materials used in training young violinists.  In addition to biographical information about twelve of our greatest composers, Ms. Barlowe has provided a 'practice guide' for each of the Etude-Caprices that will serve as a valuable resource for the student in understanding and mastering the technical elements and musical features noted in each chapter."

Cornelia Schwartz,
Lecturer, Franklin Pierce University
Franklin Pierce University- Music Department                  
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"Expression is something that can and should be taught, and Amy Barlowe has given us an excellent new tool to help students learn the technique and musical gestures associated with major composing genres and styles.  Here is a tool for teaching genre and style that will fire the imagination as well. Each musical example includes detailed descriptions of the expressive techniques required, as well as illustrations to set the mood.  Teaching expression is as important as teaching scales and arpeggios. Amy Barlowe's book will help students learn the characteristics of various stylistic periods and get them started in building the techniques they need for a rich musical vocabulary."

Laurie Niles
Editor and Founder, Violinist.com
Violin Teacher with Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena (California)
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"Amy Barlowe's new book of caprices is a well illustrated, broadly appealing volume, loaded with stylistic observations and performance tips.  The caprices themselves utilize a wide variety of violin techniques to help develop a well-rounded musical approach."

Lee Wilkerson (ARCT) 
"Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto"   





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Written by Juilliard trained violinist/composer, Amy Barlowe, 12 Etude-Caprices in the Styles of the Great Composers is a welcome addition to the intermediate solo violin repertoire.  Progressive and chronologically ordered, these innovative etudes are invaluable both as study pieces and short, unaccompanied concert works for competitions or recital programs.  Practice Guides follow each etude featuring methods for the development of technical and musical tools that will promote individual expression within the appropriate historical context.  Such aspects as sounding points, varied vibrato, and techniques for improving intonation are derived from each etude to increase facility, musicianship, and stylistic awareness.  Used as a supplement, this fully illustrated and thoroughly engaging collection of original etudes provides a fresh and unique approach to the age old tradition of technical study.  Preparation for the major works of the great composers has never been more fun!
AMY BARLOWE
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