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Stradivari's Genius, Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection

Creator: Toby Faber | Music - 2012-05-09

In the pages of this book, Faber invites us to share the life, the passion, the intrigue, and the incomparable beauty of the world’s most marvelous stringed instruments. From the Hardcover edition.

Publisher: Random House

About this book
“’Tis God gives skill, but not without men’s hands: He could not make Antonio Stradivari’s violins without Antonio.”–George EliotAntonio 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.Blending history, biography, meticulous detective work, and an abiding passion for music, Faber embarks on an absorbing journey as he follows some of the most prized instruments of all time. Mysteries and unanswered questions proliferate from the outset–starting with the enigma of Antonio Stradivari himself. What made this apparently unsophisticated craftsman so special? Why were his techniques not maintained by his successors? How is it that even two and a half centuries after his death, no one has succeeded in matching the purity, depth, and delicacy of a Stradivarius?In Faber’s illuminating narrative, each of the six fabled instruments becomes a character in its own right–a living entity cherished by artists, bought and sold by princes and plutocrats, coveted, collected, hidden, lost, copied, and occasionally played by a musician whose skill matches its maker’s.Here is the fabulous Viotti, named for the virtuoso who enchanted all Paris in the 1780s, only to fall foul of the French Revolution. Paganini supposedly made a pact with the devil to transform the art of the violin–and by the end of his life he owned eleven Strads. Then there’s the Davidov cello, fashioned in 1712 and lovingly handed down through a succession of celebrated artists until, in the 1980s, it passed into the capable hands of Yo-Yo Ma. From the salons of Vienna to the concert halls of New York, from the breakthroughs of Beethoven’s last quartets to the first phonographic recordings, Faber unfolds a narrative magnificent in its range and brilliant in its detail. “A great violin is alive,” said Yehudi Menuhin of his own Stradivarius. In the pages of this book, Faber invites us to share the life, the passion, the intrigue, and the incomparable beauty of the world’s most marvelous stringed instruments.From the Hardcover edition.



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The Violin and the Art of Its Construction, A Treatise on the Stradivarius Violin

Creator: August Riechers | Music - 1895

THE VIOLIN AND THE ART OF ITS CONSTRUCTION. A Treatise on the Stradivarius Violin by AUGUST RIECHERS, Bow and Violin Maker. [Copyright of the German and English Editions.] With four lithographed plates. <..■/■■ ■-> GOETTINGEff.



128 pages

Reading Comprehension, Grade 5

Creator: Carole Gerber | 2000-02-23

Stradivarius is the name for the world's most magnificent violins. They are named after their creator, Antonio Stradivari. ... Cremona, the town he lived in , was a place where violins were manufactured. Stradivari was very young when he ...

Publisher: American Education Publishing

About this book
Master Skills Reading Comprehension, grade 5 is the perfect workbook to help children "master" reading comprehension skills necessary to succeed in school! Designed by educational experts, specifically for children in fifth grade, this essential workbook teaches children the basic concepts and skills of reading comprehension and then offers a variety of activities for skill-and-drill practice. Featuring 128 pages of challenging lesson content with real-life applications, easy-to-understand directions and a complete answer key. Skills taught include: Vocabulary Main idea Fact & opinion Recognizing details Sequencing Following directions Organizing ideas The Master Skills series has drawn national acclaim for its vivid illustrations, challenging lesson content and real-life applications. It spans grades K through 6 in six key subject areas, reading comprehension, English, math, reading, spelling & writing, and thinking skills. It is the perfect workbook series to teach children learning fundamentals


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    0 1/5 S. Gates - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Stradivarius Violin Necklace (Jewelry) The clasp connects the charm to the chain is very soft. It opened up the first day my daughter tried the necklace on. Although we fixed it, I thought it is going to happen again. Three days later, I found the charm on the ground when we were watching a baseball game. Very bad design!The Chain was broken 2 days later. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, June 6, 2010

    A very lovely necklace

    I love this necklace and will be wearing it often! This necklace is just simply beautiful and well designed with lovely details. I have no trouble with the clasps, they are both sturdy and have not come apart on me yet. This necklace is the perfect gift for a violinist (or a person who just simply loves the violin), and you can even get a pair of matching earrings. I will be purchasing another one later for a fellow violinist's birthday and most likely will be getting the matching earrings for myself!This necklace is also a great conversation starter. The first day I wore it I had multiple people ask if I play the violin and I was able to meet other musicians in my community and local stores. It's always nice to meet other violinist and musicians; you never know who you might meet or inspire!Here is the link for the earrings:... 5/5 Rora - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Stradivarius Violin Necklace (Jewelry) I love this necklace and will be wearing it often! This necklace is just simply beautiful and well designed with lovely details. I have no trouble with the clasps, they are both sturdy and have not come apart on me yet. This necklace is the perfect gift for a violinist (or a person who just simply loves the violin), and you can even get a pair of matching earrings. I will be purchasing another one later for a fellow violinist's birthday and most likely will be getting the matching earrings for myself!This necklace is also a great conversation starter. The first day I wore it I had multiple people ask if I play the violin and I was able to meet other musicians in my community and local stores. It's always nice to meet other violinist and musicians; you never know who you might meet or inspire!Here is the link for the earrings:... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, July 23, 2011

    not really worth price

    0 3/5 poeticflowsinme - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Stradivarius Violin Necklace (Jewelry) Honest review here. I received the necklace about a week ago. IIt came in a clear ziplock style bag. So it wasn't even packaged with a nice box the way most necklaces are. Then the necklace itself. Daughter received today. She likes it, but as an adult I can tell you its not worth the price. On the picture it looks 3-d. Like it is heavy. It's not. It's flat. It is basically just an image of a violin stamped on a very cheap type of metal. The necklace itself is very very cheap. Like the kind you can expect from a gumball machine. I'm just being honest. I gave 3 stars because like I said she does like it. But I will have to replace the necklace with something more durable and safe for her skin. In my opinion, the entire thing is cheap. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, December 25, 2013
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    0 5/5 dat_boi_MC - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Full Size 4/4 Handmade Stradivari Copy German Style Violin Fiddle Case Bow Set This instrument is well worth the money. New out the box and plays very professional for the price could have sold for more if they wanted it to.. Very much worth the money and more. ENJOY!!! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, February 4, 2013

    Very Nice, A great violin for any one.

    I did a lot of research on what violin I could get that would not break he bank.After over 6 months of reading I settled on the VIF violin. And I could not be more pleased. It came well packaged (The box was thick so it held up to ups standers of roughness.) The Violin was well setup, sound post was fitted right, and the bridge was also set properly. And the craftsmanship was better than what I saw at my local music superstore. No runs in the varnish. The finger board was smooth and real ebony. (Not dyed hard wood like other violins in the same price range.) The piffling is also real inlayed not panted on. The bow was is much better than I expected. (No warping or twisting like cheaper bows.) The case...It is nice but could be better. (The only week spot in the set.) Yet it is better than some of the cases that come with other cheaper violins. (I buy a few each year to give to people who don't have the means to get a good one their self's.A very good investment for... 5/5 Papabear - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Full Size 4/4 Handmade Stradivari Copy German Style Violin Fiddle Case Bow Set I did a lot of research on what violin I could get that would not break he bank.After over 6 months of reading I settled on the VIF violin. And I could not be more pleased. It came well packaged (The box was thick so it held up to ups standers of roughness.) The Violin was well setup, sound post was fitted right, and the bridge was also set properly. And the craftsmanship was better than what I saw at my local music superstore. No runs in the varnish. The finger board was smooth and real ebony. (Not dyed hard wood like other violins in the same price range.) The piffling is also real inlayed not panted on. The bow was is much better than I expected. (No warping or twisting like cheaper bows.) The case...It is nice but could be better. (The only week spot in the set.) Yet it is better than some of the cases that come with other cheaper violins. (I buy a few each year to give to people who don't have the means to get a good one their self's.A very good investment for... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, June 26, 2013

    At first, I was hesitant

    This violin didn't have many reviews on it when I first looked at it, hence the reason for me being hesitant. Comparing on Amazon, I find that most starter violin sets include a whole lot more in their package, i.e.; starter music CDs, a tuner, and a shoulder/chin rest. This violin does not come with these previous mentioned items. Also, many cheap violins that run about $70 and under have reviews on them about various pieces breaking off right away, or the factory made pieces not good quality, etc. I haven't had any pieces break off of this violin, and the seller promises handmade craftsmanship with a "quality assurance" tag that comes in the case.Even though this violin came fully stringed, I re-stringed the instrument with no real issues. The strings stretched and the violin with them, but that is expected when attaching new strings and tuning them. The pegs slipped a few times, but I expected that with new pegs. A gentle push got them to stay in place. If you are an... 5/5 Jean Prout - See all my reviews This review is from: Full Size 4/4 Handmade Stradivari Copy German Style Violin Fiddle Case Bow Set This violin didn't have many reviews on it when I first looked at it, hence the reason for me being hesitant. Comparing on Amazon, I find that most starter violin sets include a whole lot more in their package, i.e.; starter music CDs, a tuner, and a shoulder/chin rest. This violin does not come with these previous mentioned items. Also, many cheap violins that run about $70 and under have reviews on them about various pieces breaking off right away, or the factory made pieces not good quality, etc. I haven't had any pieces break off of this violin, and the seller promises handmade craftsmanship with a "quality assurance" tag that comes in the case.Even though this violin came fully stringed, I re-stringed the instrument with no real issues. The strings stretched and the violin with them, but that is expected when attaching new strings and tuning them. The pegs slipped a few times, but I expected that with new pegs. A gentle push got them to stay in place. If you are an... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, June 10, 2014
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  • Random House Trade Paperbacks

    Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection

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    Quick, name a violin maker. For most people, there is only one name that comes to mind, Stradivarius (or in non-Latin form, Stradivari). It is not so surprising that the name lives on: "More than 250 years after his death, Stradivari's violins and cellos remain the best in the world." So writes Tony Faber in _Stradivari's Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection_ (Random House). The master made more than a thousand instruments and six hundred are documented as still surviving. Faber has chosen six Strads upon which to fasten a story of art, history, and science. He admits they aren't the most celebrated instruments, nor are they all now used by famous players (in fact, only two are being played at all). But in examining them, we get an idea of what makes the brand so special, and why they are so fervently beloved by listeners and players, and sometimes so firmly locked up by museums and collectors that they cannot come out and play... 5/5 R. Hardy "Rob Hardy" (Columbus, Mississippi USA) - See all my reviews, May 29, 2005

    Lord of the strings

    Like most people, I had heard of the renowned Stradivarius string instruments, but aside from a vague idea about how well made, rare, and expensive they are, I knew little else about them. If you are in that same category, then author Toby Faber's passionate and well-written Stradivarius: Five Violins, One Cello and a Genius is worth a look..I didn't say it is a must-read, because any conclusions one draws about these outstanding instruments after reading the book's 300 or so pages comes from a kind of triangulation based on the six chapters, one each about the six best-known examples of violin-maker Antonio Stradivari's work. Each story is compelling in a different way -- my favorite is about the so-called "Messiah," believed to be the only Stradivarius in existence that has never been played -- but the quality of each tale varies a bit.One of my favorite quotes from the book is from the writer George Eliot. "Tis God [who] gives skill," she wrote, "but not... 4/5 Eric J. Lyman (Roma, Lazio Italy) - See all my reviews, November 4, 2004

    Do we know Stradivari's secrets yet??

    Some will be curious to see if Toby Faber has any new or definitive revelations as to just what exactly were the deep secrets of Antonio Stradivari. While he doesn't quite completely reveal the mysteries of Stadivari, author Faber does present the two most probably technical hypothesis in the very last chapter as to what exactly was responsible for producing the legenday Stradivari tone and power. Hint: one has to do with a pretreatment of the wood and the other what appears to be a unique "base coat" applied prior to that famous red varnish. But, you'll have to read it to find out exactly what.This book follows the paths of five Stradivarius instruments throughout history - from the 18th century workshop in Cremona through the 19th and 20th century's wars, virtuosos, concerts, and tradings to the present musicians who play them now. Highlights for me were the chapter on Paganini (who collected many Strads but favored his mighty 'des Gesus') and the later chapter... 3/5 Alan Lekan (Boulder, CO) - See all my reviews, June 6, 2005
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