A Living Legacy: Historic Stringed Instruments at the Juilliard School

By: Lisa Robinson Created on the occasion of the Juilliard School’s 100th anniversary in 2005, this book offers an unprecedented look at Juilliard’s historic stringed instrument collection. The collection, assembled over the course of the last century through generous gifts of instruments and funds to the school, is vividly represented by photographic and narrative accounts of 25 instruments (and three bows) of particular historic interest by such illustrious makers as Amati, Bergonzi, Guadagnini, Guarneri, Stradivari, and others, as well as reproductions of historic documents and an annotated list of other instruments and bows. Among the featured instruments are a Stradivarius violin that once belonged to a Russian czar and was later owned by Avery Fisher, a Guarneri del Gesù violin played by a member of the Viennese quartet that premiered many of Beethoven’s and Schubert’s works in that genre, and a Stradivarius cello previously owned by Hugo Becker, head of the Berlin Hochschule für Musik. Short essays sketch the history of Juilliard and its illustrious string department, and describe the crucial role of the Instrumental Loan Program, which allows students to borrow instruments for special performances and competitions as well as for longer-term use. The book includes a forward by renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, a Juilliard alumnus and holder of the school’s Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair since 1999. Bio: Lisa B. Robinson is senior writer for special projects and proposals at the Juilliard School, where she has been employed since 2000. She recently served as contributing editor for a special commemorative magazine, “Dance, Drama, Music: 100 Years of The Juilliard School,” produced by Faircount LLC. Ms. Robinson holds a B.M. in music theory and composition from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. She lives with her family in East Brunswick, New Jersey. 96 pages, 9” x 12”, contains 92 photos and illustrations, hardcover

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