First Look: Stradivarius Hometown in Italy gets Violin Museum

Sunday, September 08, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Museo del Violino Museo del Violino

CREMONA, Italy (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.


The audience 'wraps around' the musicians in the auditorium at the Museo del Violino
The Museo del Violino is located in Cremona at the Palazzo dell’Arte, built to the design of the Neapolitan architect Carlo Cocchia.
The audience 'wraps around' the musicians in the auditorium at the Museo del Violino


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