Mittenwald master viola by Josef Bitterer

Mature artisanry from the late oeuvre of Josef Bitterer ― a piece that blends the finest traditions of Mittenwald and Schönbach.

This Mittenwald viola pays eloquent tribute to the experience, self-aware style and musical sensitivity of its maker Josef Bitterer ― all qualities he refined in the course of his long career. It is one of the last instruments crafted by the master who hailed from the Bohemian town of Schönbach and was displaced to Mittenwald, Germany after the war in 1946. As one of the few Schönbach...

Mature artisanry from the late oeuvre of Josef Bitterer ― a piece that blends the finest traditions of Mittenwald and Schönbach.

This Mittenwald viola pays eloquent tribute to the experience, self-aware style and musical sensitivity of its maker Josef Bitterer ― all qualities he refined in the course of his long career. It is one of the last instruments crafted by the master who hailed from the Bohemian town of Schönbach and was displaced to Mittenwald, Germany after the war in 1946. As one of the few Schönbach natives who settled permanently in the Karwendel region, Bitterer's work ranks amongst the interesting oeuvres in music history which blend the influences of two major European violin-making regions, thus creating an inimitable artistic signature. His magnificent mature craftsmanship is evident both in the lovingly carved details of the scroll and in the orange-red varnish which casts the grain of the luminous beauty of the top-quality tone woods from the mountain forests of the Karwendel. At a back length of 40.6 cm, the body of the viola has outstanding resonant properties; its two-piece back is made of powerfully flamed sycamore maple and its top of moderately grained and extremely even spruce, and together they give this extremely playable viola its unusually good and large sound. Its powerful, radiantly clear and warm voice opens up multiple musical interpretations of a kind that is rarely found amongst instruments at this price point. Its previous owners clearly appreciated this instrument as well, as can be seen by the mild traces of use. The Mittenwald master viola presented here is thus an instrument that can be recommended to demanding musicians, and after having been carefully reviewed by the experts in our workshop, it is now in excellent condition and ready to play. Featuring Josef Bitterer's dated original label, the viola fully honours its maker.

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Bratsche von Josef Bitterer, Mittenwald
Mittenwald master viola by Josef Bitterer
Mittenwald master viola by Josef Bitterer
Mittenwald master viola by Josef Bitterer
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