Photos by David Sanders
Museum of the Violin. Museo Del Violono.
Richard Hirschl, cellist, with the stature of Antonio Stradivari.
A modern reconstruction of the back of the Andrea Amati "King" cello.
The museum has a violin maker working on the weekends.
There was a little workshop with tools, etc.
A Stradivari guitar from 1679.
The Stradivari "Hellier" violin of 1679, from the Axelrod collection.
Stradivari last will and testament.
The Stradivari "Chigiano" cello from 1682.
Some of Stradivari's original forms
After the tour there was a short recital with a young Italian girl who at one time was a student of assistant concertmaster David Taylor. It was a beautiful concert hall.
David played on a Strad and his student played on a del Gesü. It was interesting to hear the two great violins played on the same stage together.
After the recital and a wonderful lunch at the restaurant Il Violino, the patrons and most of the musicians headed back to Milan. A number of musicians stayed in Cremona for a while longer and had a small tour of the area.