Interesting Facts about the Violin
The Violin is Born
It is generally thought that the first violin is said to have come out of the 16th century when a man named Andrea Amati, based in Cremona, Italy was tasked with building a lighter alternative to the then popular lyre, thus the violin was born. Amati is also credited as the founder of the Cremonese School of Violin Making, it was here that the famous luthier Antonio Stradivari learned his craft. He became famous for his new designs and altercations, he did these using Amati’s original design, one that visually hasn’t seen much change since.
Players of all Ages
People from all ages can get their hands on a violin and start learning to play, as such they come in a great variety of sizes to suits ones needs. For example, did you know that you can even get one in size 1/64? This size is great for those at the age of say 2 or 3 that want to start nice and early (clearly all that Mozart in the womb worked). It may sound ridiculous but child prodigy Akim Camara was only 3 years old when he played on stage with Andre Rieu himself, that’s quite a feat.
From Little to Large
Like I say, violins come in a vast array of different sizes, and it’s not just the children that can benefit from this, even the sturdiest of giants can find the violin to suit their needs. The world’s largest playable violin stands at an impressive 4.27 metres high whilst measuring at 5.22 metres in width. This colossal instrument was built by a dedicated team of fifteen luthiers from Markneukirchen in Germany. The sound it produces is much lower than that of a standard violin, three times lower to be precise.
Get Fit Whilst You Play
Learning the violin may be a great pursuit of your time but you can’t help but feel like it takes up too much of that time, especially when it comes to trying to keep fit, maybe going for a run or hitting the gym. Fear not though, studies have shown that playing the violin is a workout in itself, supposedly the average player will burn somewhere around 175 calories per hour. So, more practise won’t just help you get better at playing, it’ll help you to keep healthy and active too.
Worth Their Weight in Gold
By now you probably know that the violins aren’t exactly the cheapest instrument on the market, especially those of a better quality. Though those mere hundreds your forked out to get started will seem like a drop in the ocean compared to the world’s most expensive violin. The Lady Blunt is a violin made in 1721, it’s a Stradivarius violin named after the granddaughter of Lord Byron and still in perfect condition. It was recently sold in a charity auction, raising funds for the victims of the Japanese tsunami in 2011 and it fetched an incredible £9.3 million. The lesson here is to take care of your instruments folks!