The History of the Violin

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The invention of violin was recorded first in Europe during the Medieval ages. This instrument must have developed from the gambs family popular in the 15th century. The clear picture of violin as it is known today came into existence in the 16th century during the Renaissance period. The instrument like others developed steadily with time to a point when it was able to satisfy new ideas of sound. The same style that was used during the old musical periods is still in use today besides a few technical advancements (The History of the Violin. Web. 22 Feb, 2014. http://www.sprengerviolins.com/e/violin_history.htm) Violin making became a very popular art in Italy with many manufacturers and players coming from the region. Some of the violin makers in Italy included Andrea Amate, who was the founder of a famous violin making institution known in the entire world. The art of making violin spread everywhere in Europe like the popular Cremona. Some of the best known makers of violin included Antonio Stradivari and the family of Guarneri, who were Italians. Others included Giovanni Paulo Maggini, Glaesel Hotner. Currently, we have known the Yamaha Company among others to be a major instruments manufacturer (Violin Makers Listing. Web. 22 Feb, 2014. www.violinmakers.biz). Famous Violin Performers Violin performers date from the times of violin inception to the current times. Here we will look at three famous performers ranging from the classical to the 20th and 21st century. Niccolo Paganini Paganini was born in Genoa, Italy in the year 1782. This performer is known as one of the finest violin players of all times. He first took the violin when he was a young boy of less than six years old, and composed his first violin sonata in th... ... middle of paper ... ...m/reviews/034_bach.htm Johahn Strauss II. Most Famous Works. Web. 22 Feb, 2014. http://www.naxos.com/mainsite/blurbs_reviews.asp?item_code=8.554524&catNum=554524&filetype=About+this+Recording&language=English The History of the Violin. Web. 22 Feb, 2014. http://www.sprengerviolins.com/e/violin_history.htm The Violin Site. Hilary Hahn. Web. 22 Feb, 2014. https://www.theviolinsite.com/violinists/hilary_hahn.html The World's Best Orchestras. Web. 22 Feb, 2014. http://classicalmusic.about.com/od/recommendedlistening/tp/The-Worlds-Best- Orchestras.htm The World's Greatest Orchestras. Web. 22 Feb, 2014. http://www.gramophone.co.uk/editorial/the-world%E2%80%99s-greatest-orchestras The World's Leading Classical Music Group. Web. 22 Feb, 2014. http://www.naxos.com/person/Felix_Mendelssohn/24619.htm Violin Makers Listing. Web. 22 Feb, 2014. www.violinmakers.biz

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