Méthode de violon par les c[itoy]en[s] Baillot, Rode et Kreutzer, membres du Conservatoire de musique, rédigée par le citoyen Baillot, adoptée par le Conservatoire pour servir à l'étude dans cet établissement

The Méthode de violin by Pierre Baillot, Rodolphe Kreutzer, and Pierre Rode left a lasting impact on the pedagogy of the instrument. Commissioned by the Paris Conservatoire upon its establishment in 1795, along with thirteen other instrument treatises, its purpose was to establish a model of teaching on unified principles. The works’ conception was entrusted to three violin professors—Baillot being tasked with the actual writing—who took the trouble to consult earlier works before composing their own. Finished in 1802, the Méthode was to become an obligatory resource for the violin students of the institution. It was equally intended to be introduced in the provinces; notably, it was imposed on the branches of the Conservatoire established from 1826. The text consists of two parts, treating respectively of the “Mechanics of the Violin” (pg. 5) and “Expression and its Means” (pg. 158).

The first and longer part includes a series of scales in all the keys and seven positions, underpinned by a bass contributed by Luigi Cherubini, and then Fifty Studies on the Scale composed by Baillot. By contrast to the other Conservatoire method-books, such as that for the piano written by Jean-Louis Adam or for cello by Baillot, no musical examples from the repertoire are offered to illustrate the theoretical explanations. Also omitted are the principles of solfège, standard in pedagogical manuals, as well as illustrations of the posture of the musician and the way of holding the instrument, though in this respect the Méthode is in line with the other treatises published in France at that time.

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editorMagasin de musique
place of publicationParis
years of publication1802
book reprinted