Review extracts regarding
Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making 1620-1850 2nd Edition
Philip Kass, THE STRAD MAGAZINE
“…my first reaction on hearing of a new edition of David Rattray’s 1991 publication on classic Italian violins from the collection of London’s Royal Academy of Music was ‘do I need this?’ but having read the book, it was quite apparent that the answer is ‘well yes”.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SOCIETY
“Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making represents an important contribution to violin scholarship, and this second edition, providing outstanding photographic reproductions, is a significant step forward. No other book provides such technical assistance to readers who wish to learn about the evolution of craftsmanship in the art of violin making during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries- an invaluable aid to the scholar or dilettante of this field.”
Jonathan Woolf, MUSIC WEBINTERNATIONAL
“It’s over a decade since the first edition of David Rattray’s ‘Masterpieces of Italian Violin Making’ appeared and a great deal has happened over that time to make a second edition worthwhile and valuable. The text has been updated and there are an additional fifteen instruments documented as well as two sumptuous full colour spreads. Advances in dendrochronological readings mean an extensive dating programme has been undertaken and the results – tabulated as an appendix.