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Violin

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The following musicians are very celebrated: Arcangelo Corelli, noted for the melodious tones he produced (1653–1713); Pierre Gaviniès, native of Bordeaux, founder of the French school of violinists, noted for the sweetness of his tones (1722–1800); Nicolo Paganiʹni, whose mastery over the instrument has never been equalled, especially known for his musical feats on one string (1784–1840); Gaetan Pugnani, of Turin, founder of the Italian school of violinists; his playing was “wild, noble, and sublime” (1727–1803); Giuseppe Tartini, of Padua, whose performance was plaintive but full of grace (1698–1770); G. B. Viotti, of Piedmont, whose playing was noted for grandeur and audacity, fire and excitement (1753–1824). (See Cremonas.)

The best makers of violins. Gaspar di Salo (1560–1610); Nicholas Amati, of Cremona (1596–1684); Antonio Stradivari, his pupil (1670–1728); Joseph A. Guarneri (1683–1745). Almost equal. Joseph Steiner (1620–1667); Matthias Klotz (1650–1696). (See Fiddle.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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