The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: What makes great violins, how much are they worth and how do they sound different? And which Wisconsin school of music sold off a great violin?

July 24, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

I love the piano. Always have, always will.

But my second favorite instrument is the violin.

I love hearing it solo, in chamber music and as an orchestral instrument.

I’m not sure why making violins is so much more difficult than making pianos or horns or flutes, but I guess it is.

So I was pleased to hear the following stories on National Public Radio (or simply NPR as they now want — a la BP — to be officially called these days).

If you have already heard these stories or reports, well consider this an encore.

If you missed them, however, I hope you enjoy them.

Does anyone know which Wisconsin Conservatory — mentioned in the first story — wanted to sell off a Old Master violin?

I’m pretty sure it was NOT the University of Wisconsin School of Music, but I don’t know more.

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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