The Heart Of Music; The Story Of The Violin

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byAnna Alice Chapin

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... pot of varnish which had turned out wrong. With stray contributions of cracked maple strips and imperfect strings she contrived, after some days, to get together enough in the way of violin-making materials to carry to her lover. She got them, bit by bit, into the cell, with the utmost secrecy, and so work began. Guarnerius groaned aloud as he looked at the crude stuff before him, and thought of his great musical block of pinewood. But he laughed afterward, and kissed the Gaoler's Daughter, and set to work without any further complaint. Bad as his materials and tools were, he made some fine instruments, in his own splendid, vigorous style, paying no attention to polish nor neatness, but wringing some resonant sweetness of vibration out of even the flawed red pine that the Gaoler's Daughter had brought him. Some of these instruments are still in existence. They call them the "Prison Josephs." When the violins were finished (how many vivid dreams, I wonder, were shut into them, there in the dim prison cell where the master made them?) the Gaoler's Daughter took them and carried them to dealers, to private individuals artistically inclined, and to musicians. When these failed she hawked them about the streets, and thus sold them all. And she bought food and wine with the proceeds, and some few better materials for her fiddle maker, and so went back to the prison. That is the story of the famous ' Prison Josephs." I do not say it is the history, for no man knows the truth of it--only the high gods and the soul of the Gaoler's Daughter. It was after the prison episode, when Guarnerius was once more free, that he made his great "Violin du Diable," supposed to have supernatural powers, and also his historic "Cannon," which later was so dearly loved and prized by Pagani...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... pot of varnish which had turned out wrong. With stray contributions of cracked maple strips and imperfect strings she contrived, afte...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217083218

ISBN - 13:9780217083218

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