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


Violin: 41997

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

Length of back: 35.5 cm

Upper bouts: 16.6 cm

Middle bouts: 11.3 cm

Lower bouts: 20.4 cm

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Notes:

Alma Rosé left the Guadagnini behind when she fled the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in 1942. Later, she was captured by the Nazis... She died [in Auschwitz] in 1944. 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.

A Violinist Is Enhanced By a Violin With a History, James R. Oestreich, New York Times, Dec 5, 2000, The New York Times, New York

Provenance

in 1924 Arnold Josef Rosé
1924 - 1944 Alma Rosé
1944 - c. 1946 Arnold Josef Rosé
c. 1946 - 1947 Hugh Gough
1947 - 1988 Felix Eyle
1988 - c. 2001 Nicholas Eyle
from c. 2003 Current owner

Known players

Alma Rosé, Felix Eyle, Miriam Kramer

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1976)
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1954)

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