Inside the extraordinary experiment to save the Stradivarius sound

The masterpieces that Antonio Stradivari created three centuries ago will not live forever. One museum hopes digitizing their melodious voice will save them for future generations.Isabella de Maddalena for The New York Times / Redux Pictures

An entire town went quiet so the world’s most iconic violin could be immortalized.

Antonio De Lorenzi takes a seat onstage in the concert hall of Museo del Violino in Cremona, Italy, and carefully tucks a Stradivarius under his chin. The violin, crafted in 1727 and called Vesuvio, gleams red in the soft light of the auditorium. Through an earpiece, the soloist hears a metronomic beat as a voice says, “Go.”

De Lorenzi draws his bow across the lowest string and plays G for half a beat. He pauses, then follows with A-flat. Then A. He moves up the scale, never changing his pace as he works through all four strings. Once he finishes, he repeats the exercise, this time sounding each tone just a bit faster. Full story.

Chuck Squatriglia (Popular Science) / January 10, 2020

Weblink :
Photo credit :

More Press

Leave a Comment

All fields are required. Your email address will not be published.