The myth of the stradviarius

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Hay músicos dispuestos a dar mucho dinero y esfuerzos por obtener el sonido de un Stradivarius… Y el mito tiene varios siglos.

The Sound Blog

A few years ago I presented a programme on BBC Radio 4 entitled, Science vs the Stradivarius. I explored whether science could identify the secrets of the famous Stradivarius violins. But I also questioned whether scientists were chasing a myth. Now, new research has shown that during blind tests with 10 world-class soloists, Stradivarius violins sounded no better than excellent modern designs. Is this further evidence that the scientists who have been looking at the wood, varnish and construction of ancient instruments to ‘unlock the secrets of the Strad’ have been wasting their time?

Stradivari Stradivari (By Edgar Bundy (1862-1922) (…) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) The radio programme started from the premise that the Strad are the best violins. One thing that might surprise you, is that the Strads that sell for millions of pounds, make a very different sound today, compared to when they first left Stradivari’s workshop. Over the centuries the violins have undergone significant changes, as…

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