from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Stradivari, Antonio Often called Antonius Stradivarius. 1644?-1737. Italian violinmaker who developed the proportions of the modern violin and created instruments of unsurpassed beauty and tone. His sons Francesco (1671-1743) and Omobono (1679-1742) carried on the family tradition of fine artistry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of Antonio Stradivari (Latinized Stradivarius) of Cremona (d. 1737), a famous violin-maker, applied to a violin or similar instrument made by him.
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- n. Italian violin maker who developed the modern violin and created violins of unequaled tonal quality (1644?-1737)
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The name Stradivari goes back to the Middle Ages; we find it spelt in various ways, Stradivare, Stradiverto, Stradivertus.
Said to have been a pupil of Stradivari, which is probable.
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.
They will be astonished to hear that "Stradivari" forms the Christian name of some Englishmen.
We have stepped out of the ordinary path of house nomenclature, and have adopted the cherished name of "Stradivari" to the bewilderment of the passer-by, whose unmusical soul fails to be impressed by it.
But as these Violins are noticed under the head of "Stradivari," it is unnecessary to enter into details here.
Doubtless its owner believed he was selling a brand-new copy, instead of a "Stradivari" made in 1704, in a state of perfection.
Tarisio's attention being directed to it by his friend, he calmly answered him that "_he would sooner possess one 'Stradivari' than twenty such equipages_."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is displaying more than 100 guitars, going back as far as violin maker Antonio Stradivari, whose Rawlins guitar of 1700 on exhibit is one of only four surviving Stradivari guitars.
But when Joshua Bell entered L'Enfant Plaza on a morning in 2007 and struck up his $3.5 million Stradivari violin, almost no one noticed.