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The Cozio Archive

Welcome to Cozio, the world’s largest reference resource for buyers, sellers and connoisseurs of fine stringed instruments and bows.

Founded in 2003 as a public registry of iconography, provenance and pricing information for historical stringed instruments, Cozio encompasses over 30,000 individual instruments and bows by over 2,500 makers. It is also the most comprehensive online source for maker biographies and provenance information, and contains over 50,000 historical auction prices.

Although most of Cozio is available to the public by subscription, it also contains photographs, documents and records of instruments and bows that are accessible only by request. If you would like information about any item that is not publicly available, please contact us.


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Monteverdi to Goffriller: the advent of Baroque music in Venice, 1613–1742

How the pioneering music of Claudio Monteverdi and the skills of Matteo Goffriller combined to make Venice one of the greatest sources of 18th-century cellos

By Stefan Hersh

With the premiere of his opera L’Orfeo in Mantua in 1607, the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi created a sensation in Renaissance Italy. In L’Orfeo Monteverdi fused the instrumental component of opera with the dramatic action in the libretto in an unprecedented way...