Stradivari's Genius

Stradivari's Genius

Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection

Large Print - 2005
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Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) was a perfectionist whose single-minded pursuit of excellence changed the world of music. In the course of his long career in the northern Italian city of Cremona, he created more than a thousand stringed instruments; approximately six hundred survive. In this fascinating book, Toby Faber traces the rich, multilayered stories of six of these peerless instruments--five violins and a cello--and the one towering artist who brought them into being.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : RB Large Print, 2005
ISBN: 9781419362590
Characteristics: [xviii], 330 p. (large print) : ill. ; 25 cm


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May 12, 2019

I just got done with this book. I took it on a lark. I am not a violinist, though I do love classical music. This is a very readable book. I enjoyed it very much. Who knew that so many of Stradivari's instruments have survived. It's pretty cool to read the full provenance of 6 of his instruments. Word of note: be aware that there is a glossary of terms at the back. I didn't realize this until I got to the end. Bummer for me. I consider myself enriched by having read this book!


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