Violins of the greatest excellence; so called from Cremona, where for many years lived some makers of them who have gained a world-wide notoriety, such as Andrea Amati and Antonio his son, Antonius Stradivarius his pupil, and Giuseppe Guarnerius the pupil of Stradivarius. Cremona has long since lost its reputation for this manufacture.
“In silvis viva silui; canora jam mortua cano.”
A motto on a Cremona.
Speechless, alive, I heard the feathered throng;
Now, being dead, I emulate their song. E. C. B.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894