Reeling from COVID-19, Italy’s violin capital is rebounding with music

Sep 13, 2021 348

BY: RONAN O’CONNELL

More than 450 years ago, Andrea Amati invented the modern violin in the Italian city of Cremona. For centuries, this has been the world’s hub of violin makers. Known as luthiers, these artisans are now helping drive a recovery in Cremona, which last year was decimated by Italy’s COVID-19 outbreak.

As the pandemic quieted Italy last year, sweet melodies kept floating through Cremona. Its luthiers were sequestered but not subdued. Violins created a melancholy soundscape for a hushed city. During strict lockdowns, these instruments were being produced and played in the studios of luthiers, with their sounds escaping into the deserted streets and piazzas of this ancient town.

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SOURCE: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk

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