Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1731, the 'Paganini, Mendelssohn'


Viola: 40049

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Notes:

In 1833 Paganini's appreciation of the viola was the cause of his asking Berlioz to compose a solo for it, "Les Derniers Instants de Marie Stuart" being selected as a fitting theme (!) for the display of the virtuoso's extraordinary powers. Berlioz, happily, was soon afterwards inspired with a worthier subject-the symphony "Harold in Italy," which contains a fine solo part for the viola. Paganini, however, as was anticipated by Berlioz, neither approved of the part, nor would he play it; consequently, at the first performance of the symphony in Paris in 1834, it was played by C. Urhan, and by Henry Hill (uncle of the writers) on the corresponding occasion in London in 1848.

Antonio Stradivarius: His Life & Work, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902

Provenance

- John Betts
- E. Stephenson
1831 - 1832 George Corsby
1832 - 1840 Nicolò Paganini
1840 - 1853 Baron Achille Paganini
1853 - 1884 Otto van Booth
from 1884 W. E. Hill & Sons
until 1892 Baron Johann Knoop
in 1892 Sold by W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1892 Robert von Mendelssohn
1935 - 1946 Emil Herrmann
1946 - 1964 Anna E. Clark
1964 - 1994 Corcoran Gallery of Arts
from 1994 Nippon Music Foundation

Known players

Emmanuel Wirth, James Dunham, Kazuhide Isomura, Nicolò Paganini, Sidney Brecher

References

  • Antonio Stradivari: His Life & Work (1644-1737), W. Henry, Arthur F. & Alfred E. Hill, William E. Hill & Sons, London, 1902
  • Correspondence with Cozio.com member, February, 2010
  • How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945 (illustrated)
  • L'Esposizione di Liuteria Antica a Cremona nel 1937, Comitato Stradivariano, Cremona, 1938 (illustrated)
  • Le Quatuor Stradivarius "Nicolò Paganini", Claude Lebet, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994 (illustrated)
  • Nippon Music Foundation http://www.nmf.or.jp/english/
  • Stradivarius: Five Violins, One Cello and a Genius
  • The 'Secrets' of Stradivari, Simone F. Sacconi, Eric Blot Edizioni, Cremona, 2000 (illustrated)
  • The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Box 43 (illustrated)
  • The Stradivari Memorial (1977), William Dana Orcutt, Da Capo Press, New York, 1977 (illustrated)
  • Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972 (illustrated)
  • Trustee in Fiddledale - II
  • W. E. Hill Business Records (1850 - 1990)
  • We Love Stradivari, NHK, 1988 (illustrated)

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