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Violinist unearths mystery behind her 345-year-old violin
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October 24, 2014 - 8:04 pm
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From Tuscon.com/Arizona Daily Star:

Chee-Yun plunked down a small fortune for her 1669 Francesco Ruggieri violin, an instrument whose provenance was a mystery.

The seller offered no list of violinists who had played it. There were no mentions in history books, no trail of published reviews to hint where the violin had been before she bought it in 1991.

“I got it appraised by a world-renowned violin appraiser … and he told me, ‘In my lifetime of appraising, numerous, thousands of violins, I’ve never seen an instrument survive all these years without any wear and tear. It almost makes me think that it might be a fake, but it’s not’,” the South Korean-born violinist recalled last week from a concert stop at Bethesda, Maryland’s Strathmore arts center.

Last year, she learned why her violin was in such pristine condition: it might have been buried with its owner.


When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.


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October 24, 2014 - 10:12 pm
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Want to hear it? 

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October 24, 2014 - 10:54 pm
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@KindaScratchy - Thanks Diane, that's an amazing story. 


@Uzi, And thank you for posting the video! It's a beautiful sounding violin.

"Music is what feelings sound like." ~ Author Unknown



October 24, 2014 - 11:44 pm
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umm,,,,it was buried with its OWNER.


October 25, 2014 - 1:25 am
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wow it does sound beautiful.

Its not surprising that its once again surfaced even though they think it was buried with its owner. how many graves have been robbed through the centuries? or even if it was kept in a mosolium, maybe the family fell on hard times and figured the violin was worth something? and by what it sounds like its worth an astronomical amount. 


I'm just happy its being played now. A wonderful instrument should never be kept silent and the old ones always have wonderful stories to tell, or mysterious ones such as this.   :D

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October 25, 2014 - 4:45 pm
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This is so so very very cool!!!!!!  wow!!!! 

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October 25, 2014 - 7:44 pm
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Thanks for posting the video, Uzi @Uzi ! That was beautiful!

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.


October 26, 2014 - 12:09 am
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For an instrument buried with its previous owner, she sure knocked them dead with this solo.



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