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Southern German Baroque viola, Nürnberg school, approx. 1790  - top
Southern German Baroque viola, Nürnberg school, approx. 1790  - top
Southern German Baroque viola, Nürnberg school, approx. 1790  - maple back
Southern German Baroque viola, Nürnberg school, approx. 1790  - maple back
Violon alto baroque allemand de Nurnberg- eclisses
Violon alto baroque allemand de Nurnberg- eclisses
Violon alto baroque - volute
Violon alto baroque - volute
Inventory No.: 4626
Provenance: Southern Germany
Maker: Nürnberg school
Length of back: 37.9 cm
Year: approx. 1800
Tone: Warm, mellow, sweet

Southern German Baroque viola, Nürnberg school, approx. 1800

A dynamic and expressive instrument from the annals of southern German violin-making, this fine baroque viola of the classical Nurnberg school was made by an unknown master of the Leopold Widhalm circle, when Widhalm has been the leading master of Nurnberg. This interesting baroque viola has a sound of appealing warmth, volume, mellowness and strength, more than “quiet but with a sweet sharpness,” as Nikolaus Harnoncourt calls the sound of a baroque violin. Medium-grained spruce with interesting irregularities was selected for the top and mildly flamed maple for the two-piece back and ribs; the tonewoods are of superb quality. The few repairs made along the lower margin of the top were minimal and should be seen as a matter of course for such an old instrument. Even a minor repair to the button was performed by an experienced hand, and its solid workmanship is evident. This fine baroque viola has a handmade veneered fingerboard and is set up with gut strings and a baroque bridge, making it ideal for playing early music.

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