Cremona Violins: A Physicist's Quest for the Secrets of Stradivari

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World Scientific, 2010 - 175 pàgines
Cremona violins occupy a unique and storied place in violin history. This book contains a brief account of that history OCo the rise and fall of the Cremonese art of violin making that dominated over two centuries. It is primarily devoted, however, to the physics behind violin acoustics, specifically the research of William F OC JackOCO Fry over the past several decades. The gradual evolution of his ideas leading to a holistic approach is chronicled, in sharp contrast to the conventional OC reductionistOCO analysis. With rare insights, he has come closer than anyone before in reproducing the tonal qualities of the great Italian masters. This historic achievement makes the book extremely valuable for violin makers and violin researchers, enabling young and aspiring violinists to own excellent sounding instruments with the acoustical marvels of the old at affordable prices. The accompanying video features Fry''s demonstration of how and why minute changes in thickness graduations make predictable changes in tonal qualities of an instrument. Sample Chapter(s). Chapter 1: Luigi Tarisio and the Violins of Cremona (1,242 KB). The author''s and some others comments on initial Physics Today review, Feb 2011 (753 KB). Contents: Luigi Tarisio and the Violins of Cremona; The Rise and Fall of the Cremonese Art of Violin Making Antonio Stradivari (1644cOCo1737); The Anatomy of a Violin and the Mechanism of Sound Production; Some Historical Notes on Violin Research Over Centuries; William F Fry and His Quest for the Secrets of Cremona Violins; Myth and Reality of Cremona Violins, Fry''s Violins; A Convergence of Science and Art. Readership: Physicists, musicologists, violin makers and violin researchers.
 

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2 The Rise and Fall of the Cremonese Art of Violin Making Antonio Stradivari 1644c 1737
13
3 The Anatomy of a Violin and the Mechanism of Sound Production
29
4 Some Historical Notes on Violin Research over Centuries
47
5 William F Fry and his Quest for the Secrets of Cremona Violins
73
6 William F Fry and his Quest for the Secrets of Cremona Violins continued
95
7 Myth Reality of Cremona Violins Frys Violins
111
8 A Convergence of Science and Art
127
Notes and References
133
Acknowledgments
147
Selected Bibliography
151
Index
155
About the Author
158
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