Instrument

  • ID: 1564
  • Type: violin
  • Maker: Antonio Stradivari
  • Year built: 1734
  • City: Cremona
  • Name: Hercules, Ysaye, Szeryng, Kinor David, Semel
 
Back: One-piece
Varnish: Golden amber with tinge of red
Body Length: 36.0 cm.

Iconography Index

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


Notes

This instrument was stolen from Ysaye during a concert while was playing his 1740 Guarneri (ID=64) at the Imperial Theater in St. Petersburg in 1908. He had left his Strad in the dressing room unattended. It reappeared at a shop in Paris in 1925.
"Lost Forever -- The Mystery of Stolen Violins", Leslie Sheppard, The Strad, September, 1977, 1977.
Dated 1732.
Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994.
"Although it [the Strad] possessed a warm and powerful sonority, Ysaye usually chose his Guarnerius for his concert-work since it was very much less fatiguing to play and also because he found that it was more responsive, in most conditions, to his temperament. The 'Strad' he regarded as an instrument for use in emergency and, as a general rule, he kept it within easy reach in the orchestra in case a string should break."
Ysaÿe, Antoine Ysaÿe, W. E. Hill & Sons, Great Missenden, 1980.
Exhibited at the South Kensington Loane Exhibition in 1885.
"Pizzicati", The Violin Times, December, 1895, 1895.
"In 1972 Henryk Szeryng donated the instrument to the City of Jerusalem. According to his wish, the violin is to be played by the concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra."
Correspondence with Waltraud Szeryng, October, 2008.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
City of Jerusalem   1972       
Henryk Szeryng   1962    1972  For members only 
Charles Munch (Boston)  1925    1960   
...         
Eugène Ysaÿe   1895    1908  For members only 
Pierre Nothomb (Marché)      1895   
Hugo Heerman (Frankfurt)          
...         
C. G. Meier (London)    1888     
W.E. Hill & Sons    1885     
David Laurie (Glasgow)        For members only 
...         
Séméladis         
...         

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

Players

Name Played From Played In Played To
...       
Henryk Szeryng   1962    1972 
...       
Eugène Ysaÿe   1895    1908 
...       

Current player Current player
Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments. Indicates that the musician is or was also an owner of one or more instruments

References

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

Reminiscences of a Fiddle Dealer, David Laurie, T. Werner Laurie, Ltd., London, circa 1900.

Stradivarius-Guarnerius del Gesù: Catalogue descriptif de leurs instruments (Facsimile of Gand's notes from 1870-91), Charles-Eugène Gand, Les Amis de la Musique, Spa, 1994.

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

Ysaÿe, Antoine Ysaÿe, W. E. Hill & Sons, Great Missenden, 1980.

"Elective Affinities: Tributes to Antonio Stradivari by well-known players & experts", Henryk Szeryng, The Strad, December, 1987, 1987.

"Henryk Szeryng", Simon Collins, The Strad, May, 1978, 1978.

"Lost Forever -- The Mystery of Stolen Violins", Leslie Sheppard, The Strad, September, 1977, 1977.

"Pizzicati", The Violin Times, December, 1895, 1895.

"Verkauf einer Stradivari-Geige", Zeitschrift für Instrumentenbau, October 11, 1895.

Correspondence with Waltraud Szeryng, October, 2008.