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Stradivarius hometown in Italy gets violin museum


September 06. 2013 10:40AM
Associated Press

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(AP) The northern Italian town where Antonio Stradivari and other master violin-makers worked will open a new museum celebrating the instrument.


Cremona will inaugurate the Museum of the Violin on Sept. 14. In a recreated violin-maker's shop, visitors can watch how the instruments are hand crafted. They can admire creations of Stradivari and other famous Cremona violin-makers, the Amati and the Guarneri families, with the instruments in protective showcases, and hear violins being played.


Museum director Alessandra Villa told a media preview Thursday the place is a musician's "dream come true."


Violinist Antonio De Lorenzi likened playing a 300-year-old Stradivarius to painting a fresco with a palette of many varied colors the instrument rewards the musician with greater possibilities for sound intensity and musical coloration.


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On the web: www.museodelviolino.org


Associated Press


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