Ole Bull violin
Model inspired by the famous “Ole Bull”, by Guarneri ”del Gesu”, whose name derives from the great Norwegian violinist Ole Bull who played it during his career.
The original violin, made in 1744 in Cremona, Italy, is now exhibited in the fantastic collection at the Chimei Museum in Taiwan.
I was lucky enough to see it in Paris in 1997 during the Vuillaume exhibition at the Museum of Music.
I was immediately attracted to this “atypical” instrument.
One can sense in this violin the depth of research of Guiseppi Guarneri “del Gesu”.
The “f ” holes are the longest of those he crafted. The head is carved, like the ribs and the “f ”holes, in an abrupt fashion, but the carving has a firm and strong character.
The arches, low and flat, are modelled with the greatest care.
The thickness of the wood of the back is much greater than on other instruments made in Cremona at the same time by other violin-makers, including Stradivarius.
This method of violin-making, different from the previous periods, raises the idea of the birth of a new way of thinking about the sound of the violin.
More powerful, more compact, this violin calls for a player who 'attacks' the strings to express himself, producing all its resonance and volume.
The Baroque period fades, the piano replaces the harpsichord, and later we will see the arrival of the Romantic period, when a certain Paganini would play, in dazzling fashion, another instrument from the same period made by Guarneri, “Il Cannone”.