The stringed instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth century were built by dedicated craftsmen purely as functional instruments, and were not recognized as works of art until the nineteenth century and later. Until about the middle of the eighteenth century, the violin in its original form completely satisfied the wishes of its players and its audience.
During the second half of the eighteenth century there was a clear change in musical styles. From that moment on, music was performed in larger halls and by ensembles featuring an expanded instrumentation. The compositions of early Classical composers made different demands on the performers, certainly in the solo concertos of the period. The instruments changed along with them.
Throughout the past 10 years we have built a beautiful collection of instruments. Our focus is to restore and preserve this cultural heritage.
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Stainer, Jacobus 1665
Rugeri, Francesco ca 1675
Rugeri, Francesco 1680.
Cappa, Goffredo 1700
Testore, Carlo Antonio 1720
Mezadri, Alessandro 1725
Gagliano, Januarius 1732
Camilli, Camillo 1743
Carcassi, Tomaso 1760
Gagliano, Nicolo 1775
If music be the food of love, play on. William Shakespeare