The Cozio Carteggio

The Cozio Carteggio takes its name from Count Cozio’s notebooks, which form the first historical record of fine instruments and their makers. Each week, the Carteggio publishes features about the string world, from expert commentary on historic instruments and bows, to interviews with musicians and analysis of the string market. Contributors will include Carlo Chiesa, John Dilworth, Philip J. Kass and many other experts.

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del Gesu 1728 von Vecsey 900w

Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ Part I (1698–1731)

Although little is known about the early career of Giuseppe Guarneri before he became 'del Gesù', his youthful hand can be seen in the late works of his father and in a rare violin bearing his 'Andrea Nepos' label

By John Dilworth and Carlo Chiesa

Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ has long been seen as the most enigmatic and least understood of the great Cremonese masters. Amati, Stradivari and even Stainer achieved celebrity in their own times. Much information about them was retained in the general record, and the gradual reclamation of their lives and their work has been a consistent building upon available materials. With Giuseppe Guarneri 'del Gesù', the process has been complex and, in the past, highly speculative.

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