Instrument

 
Back: Two-piece with broad curls slanting upwards from the middle joint; apparently from the same log as the Herten, also from 1757

Photos

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  • front
  • back
  • front
  • back
  • f-holes

Iconography Index

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive: Black-and-white photos (L70 - front, back & f-holes).


Notes

Alma Rosé left the Guadagnini behind when she fled the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in 1942. Later, she was captured by the Nazis and forced to play the instrument while in a concentration camp. Her experiences there drove her to suicide. After the war, the instrument was returned to Alma's father, Arnold Rosé, who was in London. He sold the instrument to Hugh Gough, who later sold it to Felix Eyle. Eyle, who had studied with Arnold Rosé acquired the instrument in 1947, just before becoming a concertmaster at the Metropolitan Opera, where he played it until he retired in 1970.

"The sound is so heavenly, so gorgeous and powerful, that it goes through anything," Eyle once said of the violin. And there was indeed a bold strength to Ms. Kramer's sound, allowing it to stand up to Mr. Over's full-throated playing in the Franck Sonata and in Brahm's Scherzo for the "F-A-E" Sonata.
"Guadagnini Notes", Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, June-July, 1951, 1951.

Provenance

Owner Owned From Owned In Owned Till Price paid
Zakhar Bron     2003     
Nicholas Eyle    2001     
Felix Eyle   1947    1988   
Hugh Gough (Torquay)         
Arnold Josef Rosé (Vienna)     1946     
Alma Rosé         
Arnold Josef Rosé (Vienna)          
...         

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
...       
Miriam Kramer    2000   
...       
Felix Eyle   1947    1970 
Alma Rosé       
...       

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

Certificates

Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London, October 20, 1954

Certificate: W.E. Hill & Sons, Great Missenden, March 23, 1976

References

W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive.

"Alma Rose Guadagnini up for sale", The Strad, September, 2001, 2001.

"Guadagnini Notes", Ernest N. Doring, Violins & Violinists, June-July, 1951, 1951.

http://classicalmusic.about.com/library/weekly/aa110200b.htm

http://www.miriamkramer.com/reviews.html

Correspondence with Ray Rosen, July, 2003.

Private Papers.