Stradivari: his secret revealed after 220 years

Stradivari: his secret revealed after 220 years

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Stradivari: his secret revealed after 220 years

Stradivari’s secret confirmed by new research by a Texas A&M University scientist. Research found that famed luthier Antonio Stradivari and others treated their instruments with chemicals which produced their own unique sound, and many of these chemicals have been identified for the first time.

Joseph Nagyvary, professor emeritus of biochemistry at Texas A&M, who first proposed the theory that the chemicals used in the manufacture of violins, not so much the ability to build the instrument itself, was the reason that Stradivari and others, such as Guarneri del Gesù, they built tools whose sound has not been matched for over 200 years. An international team led by Hwan-Ching Tai, a chemistry professor at National Taiwan University, published their results in the Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

The Stradivarius sound due to the infestation of worms

Stradivari: his secret revealed after 220 years