This outstanding project was realised by Brigitte Brandmair and Peter-Stefan Greiner. It was greatly supported by violin dealers and experts, directors and curators of various instrument collections, private instrument owners as well as participating scientific institutions.
The book is arranged in three sections.
The research results of Brandmair and Greiner are presented in this book in the articles “The Build-up of Layers in Stradivari’s Varnish” by Stefan-Peter Greiner (41 pages) and “Foundations of Classical Cremonese Violin Varnishes” by Brigitte Brandmair (91 pages).
The third section presents a pictures circle of 219 pages. Displayed are twenty-one outstanding instruments expertly photographed by the photographer Jan Röhrmann. They are presented in chronological order to provide a representative cross-section of Antonio Stradivari’s work, whereas the first instrument is a Nicolò Amati and the last one a Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. The instruments are documented in daylight and UV radiation from life size till magnifications up to 1000x.
Each instrument is preceded by a short introductory description written by experts as Eric Blot (Cremona), Dr Rudolf Hopfner (Vienna), John Dilworth, David Rattray (London) and Dott. Gabriele Rossi-Rognoni (Florence). Many of these instruments have not been documented in the past decades and under no circumstances in this quality.
All texts are written in English and German.
The book in sum is a unique documentation of scientific varnish research. It will provide, especially due to its vividness, diligence and clear structured presentation, great inspiration and will become an essential accompanist of your daily work.