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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Antonio Stradivari of Cremona (1644-1737) was the noblest of bowed wooden stringed instrument makers. His work remains the Platonic ideal and template for contemporary 'luthiers'; present day technology may hope to match but not alter the standard of such craftsmanship. Extant examples of the master's instruments are numerous--but cellos from the 'great period' (1707-1720) are relatively few. The Countess of Stanlein-ex Paganini Stradivarius violoncello of 1707 is one of the best known in this exalted group. It has been copied often, physically dissected, discovered in a barrow on its way to a municipal dump, owned by Paganini, and applauded in hall after hall.

Today the 'Stanlein' belongs to the cellist Bernard Greenhouse. In his eighties and semi-retired, he determined 'to give back something of value to the world of music that had given him so much.' In September 1998 he deposited the cello in the New York atelier of virtuoso luthier Rene Morel. The craft of instrument repair remains rooted in tradition; its practitioners belong to a quasi-mediaeval guild. Morel began a complete restoration of the instrument, a painstaking and meticulous enterprise that took him nearly two years. This book tracks that process--the intricacies, anxieties and pleasures that precede the cello's triumphal unveiling at the World Cello Congress in June 2000. Its subject is a work of art that must prove nonetheless functional, for the Countess of Stanlein-ex Paganini Stradivarius is only itself when played.

Book News Annotation:

Delbanco (English language and literature, U. of Michigan) traces the progression of the repair of the famous Stradivarius cello of 1707 that belongs to cellist Bernard Greenhouse. He also recounts the history of this outstanding instrument, which represents the highest standard of craftsmanship. As with other such instruments, it has been copied often, and physically analyzed, but never duplicated in quality.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A history of the Paganini Stradivarius Cello of 1707.

Synopsis:

Delbanco tracks the creation and restoration of one of the best-known cellos made by Stradivarius--the Countess of Stanlein. It has been copied often, physically dissected, discovered in a barrow on its way to a municipal dump, owned by Paganini, and applauded in hall after hall.

About the Author

Nicholas Delbanco is a British-born American who received his BA from Harvard and his MA from Columbia University. He currently directs the Hopwood Awards Program and is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Michigan. An editor and author of more than twenty books, Delbanco has received numerous awards--among them a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859847619
Author:
Delbanco, Nicholas
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Musical Instruments - Strings
Subject:
Conservation and restoration
Subject:
Violoncello
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Music-Strings
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
set # 11-AZ
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
7.90x5.66x.55 in. .65 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A history of the Paganini Stradivarius Cello of 1707.
"Synopsis" by , Delbanco tracks the creation and restoration of one of the best-known cellos made by Stradivarius--the Countess of Stanlein. It has been copied often, physically dissected, discovered in a barrow on its way to a municipal dump, owned by Paganini, and applauded in hall after hall.
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