Powerful bowThe Editorial Committee waged a fierce battle over this phrase; many held that it should read "graceful bow." In the spirit of scholarly compromise, here is a summary of the arguments for and against the two phrases.
"powerful bow"Better prose; assonance and consonance working with the rythm of the sentence.
More Bottesinistic; adding such a major weapon to the bass arsenal is a sign of power.
Less Umbertian; "power" is most often interpreted as "loudness" in the brutish sense -- not the work of an artist-virtuoso who would emulate Bottesini.
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