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Thursday, July 11 • 11:00 - 11:20

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Several playing experiments have been reported in recent years to assess violin qualities but the results have shown large inter-subject inconsistencies. A new perceptual playing experiment was conducted to examine how violinists might differentiate between "good" and "bad" violins, and to what extent they might agree with each other. A pool of six violins of different qualities was assembled: three performance-level violins and three student violins. Nine violinists participated: 3 professional violinists, 1 graduate student and 5 undergraduate students in music performance. The experiment was organized in two phases. During the first phase, subjects were asked to rate and rank the six violins from least preferred to most preferred on a continuous scale. During the second phase, subjects were asked to rate and rank the violins according to five criteria: responsiveness, resonance, clarity, richness, and balance. The results showed that the three performance violins were on average rated significantly higher than the three student violins in terms of preference and all five criteria except responsiveness. We also found that the violinists preferred violins with richer and clearer sound. A large amount of variation between subjects on the preference ratings of the violins occurred, but three professional violinists highly agreed with each other, and they rated performance violins much higher than student violins. From the verbal responses, we found that the violinists considered these criteria in order of importance: timbre, dynamic range, resonance, playability, clarity and balance while evaluating violins.


Delphine Chadefaux

Dr, Université Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak (EA 4494), Paris, France


Thursday July 11, 2019 11:00 - 11:20 EDT
Westmount 5
  T14 Musical acoustic, RS01 Musical ac