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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Stradivarius wanted violins ‘to sing human vowels’

According to a short article on this Arts Journal blog, a study conducted by Joseph Nagyvary, a retired professor of biochemistry and biophysics with an interest in how stringed instruments are made, found that violins made by famous historic makers produce tones similar to those produced by the female singing voice. The instruments that he used in his research included one made by Guarneri del Gesù and currently played by Itzhak Perlman. Nagyvary argues that famous violinmakers used the attributes of the voices to try to guarantee quality tones from the instruments they were making.