Stradivarius : Five Violins, One Cello and a Genius

Author(s): Toby Faber

Non Fiction

A sweeping narrative of the greatest craftsman that ever lived and what became of the insturments he made. This is the remarkable tale of Antonio Stradivari, the greatest instrument maker of all time, and what happened to the violins he created. Everyone has some idea of the legendary quality and unbelieveable price tag of a Stradivarius violin, but much of the life of this genius remains obscure; his motivations and techniques hitherto unexplored. In this, the first popular account of the Stradivari phenomena, Toby Faber explores the life and methods of this unsurpassed craftsmans. Following the life of his insturments as they pass through the hands of many of the greatest musicians that have ever lived, we learn how and why they have become objects of such veneration and desire. It is a dramatic tale of grand artistry, fantastic music, shady dealers, forgery and science.


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"'fascinating, accessible and enjoyable' - Tracy Chevallier"

Toby Faber was born in Cambridge in 1965 and now lives in London with his wife and daughter. This is his first book.

General Fields

  • : 9780330492591
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Pan Books
  • : June 2005
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Toby Faber
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 787.21923092
  • : 295
  • : 19 black & white illustrations