Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Milan, c. 1757, the 'Alma Rosé'


Violin: 41997

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Back: Two-piece with broad curls slanting upwards from the middle joint; apparently from the same log as the Herten, also from 1757


Notes:

Alma Rosé left the Guadagnini behind when she fled the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in 1942. Later, she was captured by the Nazis and forced to play the instrument while in a concentration camp. Her experiences there drove her to suicide. After the war, the instrument was returned to Alma's father, Arnold Rosé, who was in London. He sold the instrument to Hugh Gough, who later sold it to Felix Eyle. Eyle, who had studied with Arnold Rosé acquired the instrument in 1947, just before becoming a concertmaster at the Metropolitan Opera, where he played it until he retired in 1970.

"The sound is so heavenly, so gorgeous and powerful, that it goes through anything," Eyle once said of the violin. And there was indeed a bold strength to Ms. Kramer's sound, allowing it to stand up to Mr. Over's full-throated playing in the Franck Sonata and in Brahm's Scherzo for the "F-A-E" Sonata.

Guadagnini Notes, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1951

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Current owner, Anonymous, Alma Rosé, Nicholas Eyle, Hugh Gough, Arnold Josef Rosé, Arnold Josef Rosé

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Known players

Alma Rosé, Felix Eyle, Miriam Kramer

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