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Stradivari’s violas, Part II

Having developed the 'CV' contralto viola form, Stradivari was poised to create some of the greatest masterpieces of his career, including the 'Archinto', 'Russian' and 'Macdonald'

By John Dilworth

Within a few years Stradivari had found a distinct style in his work as a luthier. The elaborately inlaid and formally Amatese violins from 1677 and beyond seem to have successfully established him as a significant member of the small group of Cremonese masters.