To be published in Dec. 2013: The Orchestral String Player’s Dictionary

   The Orchestral Violinist's Companion

Vol. 1: Training • Practicing and Sight-Reading • Basic Orchestral Technique • Bowing Technique and Sound Production
Vol. 2: Left-Hand Technique • Pizzicato and Other Special Techniques • Rhythm and Ensemble Playing • Notation and Performance Practice • Repertoire and Style • Profession and Career
     483 pp. ISBN 978-3-7618-1758-2, BVK 1758 (Bärenreiter, 2012). EUR 69.00
A textbook, workbook, and reference tool for students, audition candidates, young and experienced orchestral players, teachers, conductors, and composers. Includes excerpts from 340 works by 87 composers. For more information download the flyer. This website is still in the construction phase: more material and more links will be added in the future.

...exceptional in-depth users’ guides to the whole gamut of orchestral know-how ... an indispensable guide for an auditioning orchestral violinist ... a tour-de-foce and an absolutely essential resource ” (Strings 7/2013)
Everything that Wulfhorst has compiled deserves the highest respect. This applies also to his competence and the clarity of answers to virtually any possible question ...should be strongly recommended not only to orchestral violinists.”  (Das Orchester 6/2013)
“...una utilísima guía que enseña al estudiante, ayuda y hace reflexionar al profesional y atrae al aficionado.” (Doce notas 6/2013)
“ awesome compendium for aspiring orchestral violinists and those who want to further develop and refresh their skills and knowledge” (Neue Musikzeitung 6/2013)
“...invaluable...should be part of every conductor’s reference library...” (Conductors Guild 6/2013)   more reviews

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View and print more than 130 pages not included in the book. For best printing results download and save the file, open it in Acrobat Reader, and set the printing mode to “shrink oversized pages.” Please note: all material on this internet site is COPYRIGHTED. You may download and print the files, and you may quote from them—but never without listing the source (URL: All abbreviations and icons found in the files are explained in the book.
•  pp. 481–92 Ch. 5.34: “Good and Bad Bowings”
pp. 493–504 Ch. 9.23: Divisi Notation
pp. 505–514 Ch. 9.24: Misprints in Scores, Inconsistencies, “Improvements”
(please correct: page nos. should run from 505 to 514!)
pp. 515–32 Ch. 10.1–10.3: Repertoire and Style
pp. 533–46 Tables 11.4a and 11.5: Solos for Concertmasters and Other Players
pp. 547–48 Table 11.6: Typical Audition Repertoire
pp. 549–615 Part 12: Catalogue of Resources (Excerpt Books, Periodicals, Articles, Books, Software, Equipment, Web Links, Web Documents)
[NEW, revised version with icons and ACTIVATED LINKS; sorry, the internal links don’t work yet.]

• pp. 481–615  all individual download files as a single file: forthcoming

Errata: mistakes in the book

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Some examples and tables are referred to many times in the book, for instance, certain scale patterns or flow charts. You can print these pages from the download files below and keep them next to the book, on your music stand or desk: this will make working with the book easier. (The same applies to the searchable versions of the index and table of contents below.) The password required for opening the duplicate tables and examples is the sixth word on p. 191 of the book (ignore the header when you count!).
duplicate examples and tables
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