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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.



35 pages

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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Antonio Stradivari (1644? - December 18, 1737) was an Italian luthier (maker of violins and other stringed instruments), the most prominent member of that profession.

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The History of Stradivarius Violins. Considered the greatest violins ever made, Stradivarius violins have been handcrafted by master luthier Antonio Stradivari.


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  • Song Violins with D Z Strad Violin Casen and D Z Strad Bow- Full Size 4/4 Stradivarius Factory Direct High-Grade Student Violin

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    excellent instrument

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    This violin

    0 4/5 Howie Bates - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Song Violins with D Z Strad Violin Casen and D Z Strad Bow- Full Size 4/4 Stradivarius Factory Direct High-Grade Student Violin Over all, I liked it. Took it to a music shop, where they said it was very good quality, though the strings were of lesser quality than they carry. Now I gotta learn how to play! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, July 24, 2012

    Pretty good

    0 4/5 Lauren Holt "L" (TN, USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Song Violins with D Z Strad Violin Casen and D Z Strad Bow- Full Size 4/4 Stradivarius Factory Direct High-Grade Student Violin Seems to be pretty nice. I appreciate the rosin and bow that came with it. I would have liked a compartment for a shoulder rest though... The rosin quickly covered the bow so I was able to make sound quite easily. This will be a good beginner's instrument. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, December 26, 2011
    Solid spruce faceplate, maple back and sides
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  • LIu workshop

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    4/4 size, Ebony Fingerboard and Fittings, four corner blocks and full lined strips
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  • Generic Brand

    Full Size 4/4 Handmade Stradivari Copy German Style Violin Fiddle Case Bow Set

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    Generic Brand

    Very Nice, A great violin for any one.

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    Very nice for price

    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

    At first, I was hesitant

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  • Harmony Jewelry

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    Not very good!

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    A very lovely necklace

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  • Song Violins Full Size 4/4 Stradivarius Factory Direct Mid-Grade Student Violin

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    GREAT PRODUCT and SUPER NICE SELLER!

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    Excelente producto es para que mi hijo est&eacute; en las grandes orquestas sinf&oacute;nicas de Venezuela y lo mejor que lo entregaron antes

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    Customs Fees & Repair Fees

    0 1/5 Diane K. Wilson - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Song Violins Full Size 4/4 Stradivarius Factory Direct Mid-Grade Student Violin This violin arrived from China (after them mailing it twice) with $23.00 in customs fees. It required $130 worth of work to repair a crack and do the set up before it could be used. It did have an adequate bow and case. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, January 7, 2013
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  • Cecilio Musical Instruments

    Mendini 4/4 MV500+92D Flamed 1-Piece Back Solid Wood Violin with Case, Tuner, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin, Bridge and Strings - Full Size

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    Rating (194 reviews):
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    Great instrument

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    You get what you pay for...

    So I've played violin for a very long time, but I've had a hiatus for nearly a decade. I figured it was a good time to get started again but I didn't want to pay a TON of $ to get going.After reading the reviews I figured I would give it a shot and I am satisfied... sort of.The Instrument: B- Pretty Good. The finish did look like it was rushed but It's a factory job so no biggie. The pegs ARE wood and didn't seem to slip too badly, The chin rest is a bit large - almost feels like a viola chinrest. The bridge was set up and the string on - yay! one less step I needed to do. The sound post is a bit too close to the tail piece but a luthier can fix that for a small fee. The sound is BIG and BRIGHTThe bows: C- In the violin world bows are like cars you can get a honda or a Ferrari... these are Yugos... perhaps Geos at best. They do work but they aren't weighted properly and make playing a bit heavy handed... but they get the job done. I will be finding... 3/5 Stiina-beana - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Mendini 4/4 MV500+92D Flamed 1-Piece Back Solid Wood Violin with Case, Tuner, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin, Bridge and Strings - Full Size (Electronics) So I've played violin for a very long time, but I've had a hiatus for nearly a decade. I figured it was a good time to get started again but I didn't want to pay a TON of $ to get going.After reading the reviews I figured I would give it a shot and I am satisfied... sort of.The Instrument: B- Pretty Good. The finish did look like it was rushed but It's a factory job so no biggie. The pegs ARE wood and didn't seem to slip too badly, The chin rest is a bit large - almost feels like a viola chinrest. The bridge was set up and the string on - yay! one less step I needed to do. The sound post is a bit too close to the tail piece but a luthier can fix that for a small fee. The sound is BIG and BRIGHTThe bows: C- In the violin world bows are like cars you can get a honda or a Ferrari... these are Yugos... perhaps Geos at best. They do work but they aren't weighted properly and make playing a bit heavy handed... but they get the job done. I will be finding... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, September 6, 2012

    A couple minor things

    0 5/5 Chad (South Florida) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Mendini 4/4 MV500+92D Flamed 1-Piece Back Solid Wood Violin with Case, Tuner, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin, Bridge and Strings - Full Size (Electronics) I am a student, not a professional but this violin has a couple of dings in it apparently from the factory.The bridge was indeed already installed and the strings tight which was a little worrisome but apparently didn't effect either.Ebony must be simply a description of the color because the materials used for the fingerboard, chin rest and tail piece are all different and none appear to be anything other than dyed wood (fingerboard) or nylon (plastic) or plastic for the tail piece and chin rest.That said, I can't comment on the rest of this item yet because I haven't had enough experience with it. I will update this review as needed.Update 5/28/11: My instructor can't keep his hands off this instrument. Not because it needs to be tuned constantly, quite the opposite, it holds it's tune for weeks and has really opened up in sound. He loves it and can't believe it was a cheap Chinese manufacture! Score one for bargain shopping! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, January 18, 2011
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  • Cremona

    Cremona SV-500 Premier Artist Violin Outfit Full Size, Select Tonewood, Flamed Body, Varnish Finish, Prelude Strings

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    Rating (6 reviews):
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    I was playing within an hour opening the box and the tone is great. I played for 10 years

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    Sounds great, can't beat it for the price

    I bought this violin for my 10-year old son. who has been playing for about 4 years. I bought this after I bought him a *nice* 4/4 violin, which is about 50 times more expensive. His private violin teacher and school violin teacher told me not to have him take that instrument to school, so I ended up buying another violin after I just bought one :-( the review below is based on the evaluations of this violin by me (not a string player), my 10-yr old son, his teacher, and a very good luthier in the area.First off, no, this violin is not as good to the violin we already own ... But, it is pretty good. When it arrived, the case looked pretty nice (for the $$$), and after some bridge adjustment and tightening the pegs (they slipped a bit in the beginning), we were ready to play. The bow is wood, but it's not possible to say which one (I doubt it's pernambucco or even Brazilwood). Luthier looked at it and said "not the cheapest" Chinese bow (which is about $7), but not... 5/5 Ready2Retire (New England) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Cremona SV-500 Premier Artist Violin Outfit Full Size, Select Tonewood, Flamed Body, Varnish Finish, Prelude Strings (Electronics) I bought this violin for my 10-year old son. who has been playing for about 4 years. I bought this after I bought him a *nice* 4/4 violin, which is about 50 times more expensive. His private violin teacher and school violin teacher told me not to have him take that instrument to school, so I ended up buying another violin after I just bought one :-( the review below is based on the evaluations of this violin by me (not a string player), my 10-yr old son, his teacher, and a very good luthier in the area.First off, no, this violin is not as good to the violin we already own ... But, it is pretty good. When it arrived, the case looked pretty nice (for the $$$), and after some bridge adjustment and tightening the pegs (they slipped a bit in the beginning), we were ready to play. The bow is wood, but it's not possible to say which one (I doubt it's pernambucco or even Brazilwood). Luthier looked at it and said &#34;not the cheapest&#34; Chinese bow (which is about $7), but not... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews&nbsp; Was this review helpful to you?&nbsp;, November 7, 2014

    It has a very nice sound and is a beautiful instrument

    0 5/5 C. Altieri (DELTONA, FL, US) - See all my reviews, December 26, 2014
    List Price: $395.00
    Price: $329.99
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    Comfortably shaped Stradivarius chinrest, deluxe Brazilwood bow and oblong case
    Set-up to educational standards at our Cremona workshop in the US with French-made Aubert bridge and US-made Prelude strings
    Strings Magazine reviews SV-500 as "a good choice for anyone looking for a first or second violin" See Product Description PDF file below for the complete review
    Quality ebony fittings and ebony fingerboard with lightweight composite tailpiece for easy tuning, all hand carved all solid spruce and maple body
    Best tone quality for the advanced student
    Flamed maple with a rich, hand applied golden red-brown varnish finish
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The Hellier violin made by Antonio Stradivarius (c Poster

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Image:82761 The Hellier violin made by Antonio Stradivarius (c.1644-1737) in 1679, from 'Musical Instruments' (coloured litho). Hipkins, Alfred James (1826-1903). Private Collection, The Stapleton Collection. Art, Fine Art.
Price: $$25.05

Violins (LtoR): the 'Alard' by Antonio Stradivariu Postcard

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Image:83416 Violins (LtoR): the 'Alard' by Antonio Stradivarius (c.1644-1737) 1715, and the 'King Joseph' by Giovanni Guarneri 'del Gesu' (d.1744) from 'Musical Instruments' (coloured litho). Hipkins, Alfred James (1826-1903). Private Collection, The Stapleton Collection. Art, Fine Art.
Price: $$1.00

Stradivari Duo Scarf Wrap

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Two diagonal, very detailed views of a priceless old violin from the hand of master luthier Antonio Stradivari are displayed on each end of this scarf, the perfect accessory for a violinist. Many matching items are available from MissPrinteditions on Zazzle.
Price: $$20.95

The Hellier violin made by Antonio Stradivarius (c Postcard

fine art, hipkins, alfred, james, 1826-1903,
Image:82761 The Hellier violin made by Antonio Stradivarius (c.1644-1737) in 1679, from 'Musical Instruments' (coloured litho). Hipkins, Alfred James (1826-1903). Private Collection, The Stapleton Collection. Art, Fine Art.
Price: $$1.00

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