A physicists quest for the secrets of stradivari with dvdrom 9789812791108. The last edition, confirmed that cremona musica is the most important global event for professionals in the world of violin makers and great music. Old violins and violin lore is an interesting account of the history of the violin, exploring its origins, notable makers and players, evolution, and much more. Cremona is first mentioned in history as a settlement of the cenomani, a gallic tribe that arrived in the po valley around 400 bc. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process.
Fine master violin maker in cremona, professional and student hand made violins, violas, cellos, bows. Stanford libraries official online search tool for books, media, journals, databases, government documents and more. A violin is a timeless, distinguished instrument and cremona takes pride in creating models that stand the test of time in both appearance and construction. To my mind there is enough technical enlightenment materials and techniques, enough history a visit to cremona, italy, the id recently read claptons guitar allen st. Saperi e saper fare liutario della tradizione cremonese was declared an intangible cultural heritage by unesco in 2012, during the 7th session of the intergovernmental committee in paris.
But it was antonio stradivari 16441737known as stradivariuswho elevated this instrument to new. It is the capital of the province of cremona and the seat of the local city and province governments. Cremona, is a city and comune in northern italy, situated in lombardy, on the left bank of the po river in the middle of the pianura padana po valley. The best contemporary violin makers from china and taiwan. But the history of this sleepy city of 70,000 on the po river, just over an hour south of milan by train, is inexorably intertwined with. Collected together on one unique dvdrom disc, we present a selection of 101 rare vintage books on the subject of the violin.
In the 1530s, andrea amati began developing an early form of the violin, one that was solidified by around 1600 in cremona. The cremona s traditional violin making is an ancient form of handicraft typical of cremona where bowed string instruments like. Among the many makers bearing the amati name, the following are outstanding. Cremona tools, equipment and accessories for violin making, bow making and. Whilst at trinity college he began to study violin at age 21 and played professionally by 1981 but his main expertise is in the appraisal and restoration of violins, violas and cellos.
Also giving the data for producing the true varnishes used by the great cremona makers. Compiled by a team of british musicologists, violinists, and instrument makers, this lavishly illustrated book is comparable to two recent encyclopedic titles. May 12, 2016 cremona, in northern italy, has more than 100 workshops making violins and other stringed instruments for musicians worldwide, following in the tradition of its great violin makers which have included antonio stradivari and nicolo amati. Books about making violins, vilas, cellos, double basses. Last week i had the opportunity to hear 30 new cremonese violins at metzler violin shop in glendale. With essays on important subjects connected with the violin. We have books about stradivari and guarneri, violinmaking, violinmakers, violinists. It is primarily devoted, however, to the physics behind violin acoustics, specifically. The earliest evidence for their existence is in paintings by gaudenzio ferrari from the 1530s, though ferraris instruments had only three strings. Walter kolneders the amadeus book of the violin lj 91598 and yehudi menuhins the violin lj 3197. Open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. This book contains a brief account of the history of cremona violins the rise and fall of the art that dominated over two centuries and is primarily devoted to the physics behind the violin acoustics, specifically the research of william f jack fry over the past four decades and more. It is primarily devoted, however, to the physics behind violin acoustics, specifically the research of william f jack fry.
It is primarily devoted, however, to the physics behind violin acoustics, specifically the research of william f. Cremona became the town synonymous with the violin and its supremacy as the home of violin making remains unchallenged to this day. Before he turned to making violins, he was making viols and rebecs. Acoustic violins free delivery possible on eligible purchases.
In part 2, john dilworth explores the work of the second generation of brescian school violin makers, led by giovanni paolo maggini. Oct, 2000 he kept experimenting and in 1975 went to cremona, where he talked a violin maker into building some instruments with his treated wood. The handful of violin makers in the 1960s has today grown to some 100 workshops where the new masters and their apprentices make or restore mainly violins but also violas and cellos. In the course of his long career in the northern italian city of cremona, he created more than a thousand stringed instruments. Luigi tarisio and the history of cremona violins the rise and decline of the art of violin making in cremona anatomy of a violin. He says it is the varnish, together with the specially treated spruce, that makes cremonese. Antonio stradivari was born in the italian city of cremona in 1644 and is considered one of the greatest violin makers of all time. There are stringed instruments from many different cultures and times that each, indirectly or directly, have had a part in the development of the instrument now known as the violin. Indeed, this golden age of violin making produced the greatest violins the world has ever known. The violinmakers of the guarneri family 16261762 dover books on. As the annual production of a violin maker is around ten instruments a year, most work is commissioned, and the waiting list can be as long as 6 months to a. Nagyvary, who also makes violins, violas and cellos, believes the chemists were closest to the truth. The fiddlers garden of eden was cremona, italy, where, in the middle of the 16th century, a stringedinstrument maker named andrea amati made cremona the center of violin making in europe. The oldest surviving violin is one of these 24 violins and is called the charles ix.
From the great violin makers of cremona to the influence of key composers and virtuosos on the violins development, every facet of the subject is exposed. Apr 15, 2006 americas history of violins the violin takes center stage in an exhibit at the library of congress. An introduction to the old italian violins simplified mandarin the. Mr rosengard is a bass player in the philadelphia orchestra. It is primarily devoted, however, to the physics behind violin acoustics, specifically the research of william f jack fry over the past several decades. Violin family instruments appeared in essentially their modern form in northern italy, specifically in brescia and cremona, about 1550.
Chinese violin makers are most commonly known for producing affordable instruments for beginners, and as a matter of fact, industrial violin making is one of the fields in which the chinese economy has enjoyed remarkable international successes. In 1910 the violin was purchased by robert brandt who eventually sold it the hills. Four letters descriptive of those exhibited in 1873 at the south kensington museum. He studied violin making with juliet barker in cambridge. The book offers an overview of 300 years of violin history. John, free press and i later read a mention of john marcheses the violin maker in an online. Books on the violins world here you will find the best books to learn about authors, schools and the history of violin making. The instruments popularity has cut across economic, racial and regional lines and helped drive. Violin books, history, reference, repair, restoration.
The instrument, purchased by the provincial tourism board, was back in cremona on december 17, 1961. Violins 101 rare vintage books on dvd violin history. Mr chiesa is a milanese violinmaker with an interest in historical reconstruction. Jan 10, 2017 the violin making histories of brescia and cremona are fascinatingly different. Cremona, in northern italy, has more than 100 workshops making violins and other stringed instruments for musicians worldwide, following in the tradition of its great violin makers which have included antonio stradivari and nicolo amati. Cremona the early lombard history of italian violin. This book contains a brief account of that history the rise and fall of the cremonese art of violin making that dominated over two centuries. Traditional violin craftsmanship in cremona wikipedia. This book is essential reading for the violin maker, repairer and historian, providing a unique record of the history, social background, lives and work of the great violin makers of the past, combined with a clear practical guide to making violins.
He is a widow that loves his work and once a week, joining with three others to play quartets of the classics, such as brahms etc. Mechanism of sound production a brief history of violin acoustic research william f fry and his quest for the secrets of cremona violins myth and reality of cremona violins. The city of cremona is especially noted for its musical history and traditions, including some of the earliest and most renowned. At the museo del violino, visitors can explore the fascinating history of violin making through direct contact with the citys great violin makers amati, stradivari, guarneri and their masterpieces by tracing the balanced blend of art and craftsmanship, creativity and tradition, skills and knowledge which connects late renaissance to. Cremona violins world scientific publishing company. Daniele scolari is a teacher at the international school of violin making since 1996 on september 21 st, 1938 a royal decree established the opening of the international school of violin making in cremona, just after the celebration of the bicentennial of the death of the violin maker antonio stradivari in 1937, with the goal to create an institution of high. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. A talented young maker, fanfani studied with angelo sperzaga at the international school of violin making in cremona. The identification of classical cremonese instruments of the violin. Most commonly, books on the history of the violin will begin in this city and chart the development of the instrument through to the genius that was stradivari and up to the present day.
Books about making violins, vilas, cellos, double basses and. The reader is introduced to a pleasant man in his early 60s. The ancient tradition of cremona s violin making is protected by two supervisory bodies. Violin makers of the amati family smithsonian institution.
Preface introduction violin makers, alphabetically arranged bow makers cremona amati family stradiuarius on the cremona varnish guarnerius steiner why are certain violins of more value than others. Since the mid 16th century, both the history of violin making and the lives ofthe luthiers who have. May 07, 2003 note also that there were roughly 20,000 violin makers over more than 250 years making instruments in the italian tradition in the vity of cremona, italy alone the home of stradivari. Around sixty master stringed instrument makers from cremona and its province belong to the consortium. Amati family, a family of celebrated italian violin makers in cremona in the 16th and 17th centuries. So, whether youre a seasoned musician or a stayathome hobbyist, you can feel confident in your decision to invest in a cremona violin. The instruments popularity has cut across economic, racial and regional lines and helped drive new forms of american music, from blues and jazz to bluegrass and swing. Unlike many instruments, whose origins are lost to the mists of time, the birthplace of the modern violin is comparatively easy to pinpoint. This is a pre1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality.
Martin gani meets the descendants of andrea amati, who invented the modern violin in the 16thcentury, and the master violinmaker of all time antonio stradivarius. The varnished truth about a stradivarius books the guardian. Cremona tools, equipment and accessories for violin making. The history of the violin by william bartruff, violin maker foreword.
Get cozy and expand your home library with a large online selection of books at. Here you will find the best books to learn about authors, schools and the history of violin making. The art of copying the style of renowned violin makers. Today, gcv instruments and bows are being distributed by top musical instrument companies in over twenty countries in. Theres more to cremona than violins the new york times.
Amati, stradivari, guarneri, rogeri at the museo del violino cremona. A physicists quest for the secrets of stradivariwith dvdrom kindle edition by kameshwar c wali. In essentials, they set the style for all the models made by. Buy cremona sv premier novice violin outfit 44 size. See more ideas about making tools, violin and antonio stradivari. The museum there holds some of the most unique and prized violins in the world but were in danger of losing their sounds forever.
The history of this lombard towns local artisanry is simultaneously the history of the earliest days of violin making, the study of which always begins with examining the classic cremonese violins. The artistic and technical standards defined by cremona violin makers amati, stradivari and guarneri del gesu in the approximately 150 years of. Martin beaver demonstrates 30 modern violins made in cremona. In order to safeguard the instrument makers work, the consortium of violinmakers has created, in collaboration with the chamber of commerce and the craft associations, the cremona liuteria trademark. In renaissance italy, long before the advent of cremonese violin making. Here, the home of the most famous family of violin makers of history, and home of the largest district violin making of the world, you can meet the right people to develop new business. Oct 18, 2017 martin beaver demonstrates 30 modern violins made in cremona. Cremona had quickly become famous throughout europe and elsewhere.
Includes many illustrations of makers and their instruments. In addition, it provides both facts and folklore about the history and the culture surrounding classic violins made in the 1600s and 1700s by stradivari and others, especially why or why not the performance might be equaled by a violin made in current times. A complete history hardcover box set, december 1, 1998. Cremona capital of violin making leonidas rafaelian.
Pdf the amadeus book of the violin download full pdf. This book contains a brief account of that history. Gcv violin, cremona violin,founded in 1989, gcv is internationally recognized as a distinguished maker of fine stringed instruments and bows ranging from fractional size instruments for beginners to superior master instruments and bows for advanced and professional players. Concentrating on europe, it primarily looks at the cremona and brescia, and those who made and played them in england, france, and germany. This man is gianni castiglione, a luthier violin maker, living in cremona, italy. Violins and violin makers biographical dictionary of the great italian artistes, their followers and imitators, to the present time. After graduating in 2003, he worked in the shop of sperzaga. The only remaining maker of any consequence in italy, his survival assured the craft of violin making in cremona would endure. Pdf the art of violin making download full pdf book. Cremona, italy andrea amati built his violins in cremona, italy where he and his sons would also apprentice some of the worlds finest violin makers. List of violin makers in alphabetical order our pastimes. Though we have made best efforts the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. Amatis workshop to those of the most famous cremonese violin makers such as antonio stradivari.
But the history of this sleepy city of 70,000 on the po river, just over an hour. Cremona violins occupy a unique and storied place in violin history. This is a very entertaining book which provides a peek into the passion of those who play, make, and sell violins. An overview of outstanding violin makers from china and taiwan. Featuring fine violin books and autographs, and antiquarian and rare books pertaining to the violin. Another subtitle for this massive exposition might well be. Cremonas native sons put this town in central lombardy on the map by crafting the worlds earliest and best violins. Two centuries of cremonese violinmaking museo del violino. Both similarly sized towns in lombardy, they share a mutual rivalry even down to the present day, which dates back to the part that cremonese mercenaries played in the brutal sack of brescia by the french army in 1512. Cremona tools, equipment and accessories for violin making, bow making and restoration. His earliestknown violins are amati family, a family of celebrated italian violin makers in cremona in. Reading the violin maker was as pleasant a journey as ive made through a book.
Theres a town in northern italy thats home to the most famous violin makers in history. Fausto cacciatori, curator at museo del violino cremona. The history of the violoncello, the viol da gamba, their precursors and. Antonio stradivari 16441737 was a perfectionist whose singleminded pursuit of excellence changed the world of music. In the victorian era, it was a common marketing technique to attach fake, or even authentic, stradivari labels to mass produced instruments made in germany and. He has published a number of books and articles focusing on the history and working methods of the classical italian violin makers.140 782 1031 289 191 359 1007 595 1012 315 1017 754 1177 901 464 993 976 920 763 1268 52 477 589 165 1354 13 241 755 1182 1115 209 58