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Stradivari Sundays: Five centuries of violin making

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the “Messiah” by Antonio Stradivari, the first sunday of every month is “Stradivari Sunday”. Here is a lecture by Stewart Pollens, about five centuries of violin making. And the history of violin modification… Stewart … Continue reading

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Jawbone of an ass

When I see the news about the American primaries, this image pops up in my mind over and over again. An engraving by Johannes Wierix after Pieter (I) Bruegel, made about 1566-70. The title is “The music of the rich man … Continue reading

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The Stradivari Sundays…

One of the most iconic and copied instruments in the world, the Messiah” (or “Messie”), by Antonio Stradivari turns 300 this year. I intend to celebrate this fact by making the first sunday of every month to be “Stradivari Sunday”. With … Continue reading

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The decorated Spanish Cello

It’s considered to one of the masterpieces of Antonio Stradivari. The “Bass of Spain” was made in 1696 and is one of only eleven highly decorated instruments the old master made. It was aquired by King Felipe V of Spain in … Continue reading

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Girls playing lute and guitar… – pt. 2

As we saw in the previous post on the pictures of woman playing guitar, by Gerard van Honthorst, had a dubious reputation… A few months ago I was compiling a lecture for the local historical society. Whenever I give such … Continue reading

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Antonio Stradivari: GUITAR MAKER !!!

You’re probably familiar with the name ‘Stradivarius’ and his famous, highly prized and priced violins. Every once in a while we hear about a violin out of his shop that broke all records at an auction. Or – just as … Continue reading

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