Notice of Anthony Stradivari, the Celebrated Violin-Maker; Known by the Name of Stradivarius

Notice of Anthony Stradivari, the Celebrated Violin-Maker; Known by the Name of Stradivarius : Preceded by Historical and Critical Researches on the Origin and Transformations of Bow Instruments; And Followed by a Theoretical Analysis of

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...If we compare this instrument with one of those viols whose use was retained in France to the time of Rameau (1750)--and which are commonly known by the name of quintons--we shall find it difficult to conceive that, from a thing so imperfect, there arose, from the v z first attempt, an instrument whose form we have in vain endeavoured to modify in latter times; and from which we have neither been able to take, nor to it to add, anything, without causing deterioration. In short, there is nothing more admirable than the acoustical relations of the violin: in proof of which, it will suffice to give a simple account of its construction. Its body, the length of which is from 35 to 36 centimetres 13.779 to 14.173 in., has a breadth of 21 centimetres 8.268 in. in its widest, and of 11 centimetres 4.331 in. in its narrowest, part. Its greatest thickness does not exceed 6 centimetres 2.362 in.. Its sides are so thin that the weight of the body of the instrument is not more than about 240 grammes about 8 oz. avoirdupois; yet, this machine, so frail in appearance, presents a surprisingly energetic resistance to the causes of destruction which continually act upon it; for the violin has supported during centuries a tension of from 40 to 42 kilogrammes from about 88 to 92 lbs., and a pressure of 12 kilogrammes about 26 lbs on its weakest part. Its symmetrical figure--its graceful contour and fine proportions--its corresponding bends situated in the middle of its length--the arched surfaces of its back and belly, consolidated by the bar and sound post--the four triangular supports within the corners of the bends, and the two blocks placed at each end--all these are so harmoniously adjusted, that the resistance and the elasticity of the structure...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236954513
  • 9781236954510