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Luthier’s Corner

April 28, 2022 by
The instruments of Giovanni Battista Rogeri (1642 – c. 1710) combine a high level of refinement with a bold, direct approach to the form, reflecting the influence of both Cremonese and Brescian principles. Rogeri built some of his violins on a full and broad model reminiscent of grand-pattern Amati. He emulated smaller Amatese forms in others. Rogeri even modeled some of his instruments directly after the work of an earlier Brescian maker, Giovanni Paolo Maggini (1580-1630). Similar to Maggini’s work, these instruments incorporate double purfling and intricate designs. Rogeri's Maggini-modeled instruments have often been mistakenly confused with authentic Magginis and are among the first copies of instruments of the early Brescian school. 
March 2, 2022 by
The origins of the violin are shrouded in mystery. Who made the first violins and where they worked remains unclear. The first violin was probably born in either Brescia or Cremona, in northern Italy. Whatever the early history, by a twist of fate, violin-making in the two cities would eventually become intrinsically linked.

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