Instrument

  • ID: 1390
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1715
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: David Hochstein, Nowell, Joachim
 
Back: Two-piece
Varnish: Orange-red

Photos

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  • front, back & side

Iconography Index

Bein & Fushi 1997 Calendar, Chicago, 1997: Color photos (front & back).

Rare Old Violins (Friedrich, 1919), Ernest N. Doring, John Friedrich & Brothers, New York, 1919: Black-and-white photos (front & back).

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side - initialed by Emil Herrmann).

Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972: Black-and-white photos (front, back & side).

Correspondence with owner, October, 2008.: Black-and-white photos (front & back - labeled ' ex Bessie Collier').


Notes

Named after a promising young violinist who died while serving in World War I. In June, 1941, the instrument was used by Heifitz in an experiment with other instruments at Harvard University and proved to have the finest response curve of all the violins tested.
How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945.
"This instrument is included in Doring..., as well as the works of Henley and Goodkind. Visually, it is one of the most beautiful Strads I have seen or owned. The table was extensively repaired, and the scroll, a point of inquiry during another of my sessions with Milstein, was later confirmed to have originated from a 1703 Strad. This fact was discovered by Max Moeller, who noticed a slight discrepancy in the size cited by the Hochstein's Hill document, when compared to other documents from the firm. After inquiring at Hill's, we discovered that a single, very relevant line had been cleverly deleted without noticeably altering the description. The sound has a beautiful quality, neither too dark nor too bright. The instrument offers a resilient tactile response, not overly soft or stiff, hides no wolf tones, and is very even..."
Fiddling With Life, Thane Lewis, with Steve Staryk, Oakville, ON and Niagara Falls, NY, 2000.
"David Hochstein. Violin virtuoso and a Sergeant fn the headquarters company of the 306th Infantry is at his home in Rochester mourning the destruction of his Stradivarius violin, valued at $25,000, which was smashed to bits in an automobile accident at Mineola yesterday. The story of the mishap was told here today by members of the divisional vaudeville troupe when they returned from performances given In Rockville Centre yesterday for ·the benefit of the fund to pay the expenses ot the New York entertainers who came to this camp.

The troupe left the train at Minola, and fourteen of the soldiers, including Sergeant Hochstein. Crowded into a small auto bus, which was to take them to Rockville Centre. They had gone only a short distance when the front wheels of the car collapsed under the weight, and the windshield was smashed as it crashed into a telegraph pole.

Every one in the car was shaken up but the Depot Brigade Quartet began to sing. And the rest of the party recovered their composure and hurried off to find another car. A limousine was borrowed from a nearby estate and the journey to Rockville Centre was finished In good time. Shortly before the matinee commenced, Sargeant Hochstein in called to his accompanlst, Private Max Glaser, to rehearse one or two numberrs with him. When Sergeant Hochstein opened the soft leather case which held his violin he found the instrument in pieces. . .
"
"Camp Upton Soldier Ruins Strad Violin", The New York Times, March 10, 1918.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
William Palmer     1997     
Bein & Fushi         
...         
Steven Staryk   1959      For members only 
Theodore Marchetti (Columbus, Ohio)      1959   
Frederick E. Haenel (Boston/New Milford)  1958       
Mrs. William Ellery      1958   
John Friedrich & Brothers (New York)    1919     
George Eastman  1916       
Willis Nowell (Boston)  1893    1916   
Ludwig Neuner (Berlin)  1881    1893   
...         
Joseph Joachim   1875       
...         

Current owner Current owner
Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician Indicates that the owner is or was also a musician

References

Antonio Stradivari and His Instruments, William Henley, Amati Publishing, Ltd., Sussex, 1961.

Bein & Fushi 1997 Calendar, Chicago, 1997.

Fiddling With Life, Thane Lewis, with Steve Staryk, Oakville, ON and Niagara Falls, NY, 2000.

How Many Strads?, Ernest N. Doring, William Lewis & Son, Chicago, 1945.

Rare Old Violins (Friedrich, 1919), Ernest N. Doring, John Friedrich & Brothers, New York, 1919.

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Box 57.

The Jacques Français Rare Violins, Inc. Photographic Archive and Business Records, 1844-1998, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C..

Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari 1644-1737, Herbert K. Goodkind, Larchmont, New York, 1972.

"Camp Upton Soldier Ruins Strad Violin", The New York Times, March 10, 1918.

Correspondence with owner, October, 2008.