“First of all, the madman loses his hat”
(Old Italian proverb)
The heyday of violin making ended with the late Baroque. But it was also the end of an entire epoch. What remains are big names and the fruits of their art. But what was gradually forgotten are not just a few recipes for violin varnish….
Today you can use a 3D printer to “paint” or “recreate” a perfect, brand new Rembrandt picture, a Caravaggio, or anything you may please.
With the help of scientific technical means, with a lot of sensitivity and with extraordinary intelligence and artistic intuition, contemporary violin makers have not only reproduced the resonance scheme and varnish of famous old Italian instruments in new instruments, but even improved them technically !!!
These are great, admirable achievements!
Nevertheless, they do not give us back the cultural, spiritual and vital values that we have lost and forgotten since the second half of the 18th century with the end of the Baroque era. We have lost a complete world view, the whole attitude to life of one of the most ingenious and creative epochs in our western human history.
But nothing is really lost, even if it seems untraceable. In our work on each individual instrument, we try to find the spilled past spirit of the Baroque period -sunk into the slumber of a sleeping beauty – in the sound and appearance of our own instruments and to bring it back to life … beyond all the tonal and technical qualities that every soloist instrument should have today.
If we look very carefully at a baroque furniture or a musical instrument, after a while it becomes clear to us that its forms are turned inwards. We see the back of a shape from the outside. It is as if the builder was, as it were, at the center of the design and construction of his piece. That doesn’t change anything and everything, depending from which point of view you may look at it.