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The Story of Stradivarius Violins

The Golden Age of Violin Production


Cremona, where Stradivari was born and worked, is located in Italy about 90 km southeast of Milan. It is an ancient city that is said to have been founded by the Roman army in 218 B.C. Cremona, like Breschia, another suburb of Milan, was engaged in the production of violins, and it is said that the two towns were in competition. Andrea Amati, an early violin maker in Cremona, had such influence he is said to have started the "Amati Dynasty." The most famous of the family was Nicolo Amati, Andrea's grandson. He created numerous violins during his 88-year lifetime, and even today, an "Amati" often refers to one of his works. It is also known that he trained a number of apprentices, one such renowned apprentice being Antonio Stradivari. Even after he began working independently, Stradivari is thought to have cooperated with Nicolo, particularly during the latter's declining years, and with Nicolo's son Hieronymus II. The golden age of violin production in Cremona was created by the Amati family and continued by the Stradivari and Guarneri families, and lasted from the mid-sixteenth century to the mid-eighteenth century, during which period 10,000 to 20,000 outstanding instruments were produced.


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