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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Guarneri ‘del Gesù’, Part II (1731–1740)

During the 1730s the newly independent del Gesu was ready to experiment with fresh ideas, and his instruments from this middle period show a Stradivari influence and a freer execution

By John Dilworth and Carlo Chiesa

The key influence seen in middle-period ‘del Gesù’ instruments is not that of his father but his aging contemporary in Cremona, Antonio Stradivari. Although ‘filius Andreae’ was not unaware of Stradivari’s innovative ideas, his roots were deep in the Amati tradition of relatively high, recurved archings and short, elegant soundholes with narrow wings...


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