American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A violin made by Nicolò Amati or the members of his family.
- Amati, Nicolò or Nicola 1596-1684. Italian violin maker who taught his craft to Stradivari and Guarneri.
- n. a violin made by a member of the Amati family.
- n. a violin made by Nicolo Amati or a member of his family
- n. Italian violin maker in Cremona; taught the craft to Guarneri and Stradivari (1596-1684)
“Lastly, he will show you, by means of a small hand-mirror throwing a gleam of light into its entrails, the identical autograph of the immortal maker -- Albani, Guarneri, or Amati, as the case may happen -- with the date printed in the lean old type and now scarcely visible through the dust of a couple of centuries, '_Amati_”
“Then Krespel's countenance cleared up, and with a firm voice he replied, "Capitally, Professor; you recollect my telling you of the lucky chance which threw that splendid Amati [Footnote: The Amati were a celebrated family of violin-makers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, belonging to Cremona in Italy.”
“Amati and Stradivari — they sold them as art, too.”
“Working as an apprentice, he came into contact with instruments built by some of history's greatest violin-makers, such as Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati and Guadagnini.”
“Amati in 1620 and later adapted as a cello by Stradivari.”
“In 1904, he won a major prize at Ghent Conservatory's International Violin Competition, before returning to Mexico, where President Díaz presented him with an Amati violin "as a gift from the Mexican Nation" for his excellent performance abroad.”
“Among the expensive violins, those made by Nicola Amati, Antonio Stradivari, and Giuseppe Guarneri are appreciated even today as "works of art".”
“Café Amati offers table service, it is lovingly lighted, with pretty silverware and a collection of Wedgwood porcelain.”
“Or, just maybe, there is a young student in Riga now playing, unwittingly, that same Amati cello, producing a lovely low sound beyond his years.”
“There are currently 11 Amati cellos listed on Cozio. com, a Web site that tracks precious antique instruments, and Aronson's Amati is not among them.”
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