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Author Wali, K. C. (Kameshwar C.)
Title Cremona violins : a physicist's quest for the secrets of Stradivari / Kameshwar C. Wali.
Imprint Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, [2010]

Author Wali, K. C. (Kameshwar C.)
Subject Fry, Jack.
Violin -- Construction -- Italy -- Cremona.
Music -- Acoustics and physics.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 157 pages) : illustrations (some color), map
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-153) and index.
Contents Luigi Tarisio and the violins of Cremona -- The rise and fall of the Cremonese art of violin making : Antonio Stradivari (1644c-1737) -- 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 -- William F. Fry and his quest for the secrets of Cremona violins (continued) -- Myth & reality of Cremona violins ; Fry's violins -- A convergence of science and art.
Summary Cremona violins occupy a unique and storied place in violin history. This book contains a brief account of that history - 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. "Jack" 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 "reductionist" 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9789812791115 (electronic bk.)
9812791116 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 670428927
Additional Format Print version: Wali, K.C. (Kameshwar C.). Cremona violins. Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific, ©2010 9789812791092 (DLC) 2010561330 (OCoLC)258102806

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