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Violin

The following musicians are very celebrated: Arcangelo Corelli, noted for the melodious tones he produced (1653-1713); Pierre Gaviniés, native of Bordeaux, founder of the French school of violinists, noted for the sweetness of his tones (1722-1800); Nicolo Paganini, whose mastery over the instrument has never been equalled, especially known for his musical feats on one string (1784-1840); Gaetan Pugnani, of Turin, founder of the Italian school of violinists; his playing was “wild, noble, and sublime” (1727-1803); Giuseppe Tartini, of Padua, whose performance was plaintive but full of grace (1698-1770); G. B. Viotti, of Piedmont, whose playing was noted for grandeur and audacity, fire and excitement (1753-1824). (See Cremonas.)

The best makers of violins.
Gaspar di Salo (1560-1610); Nicholas Amati, of Cremona (1596-1684); Antonio Stradivari, his pupil (1670-1728); Joseph A. Guarneri (1683-1745). Almost equal. Joseph Steiner (1620-1667); Matthias Klotz (1650-1696). (See Fiddle.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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