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Three masters: the stringed instrument collection in the Library of Congress (Rembert Herbert)

"National Treasure," The Strad 117 (November 2006): 58-60; 63.

"Exhibition Report: Born in the USA," The Strad 117 (July 2006): 36-37; 39-40.

The American Violin: from Jefferson to Jazz (Denise Gallo)

Twin Guarneri Violins Reunited at Library (Jon Newsom)

About Mrs. Goldberg's Donation of the "Baron Vitta" Guarneri Violin (Nick Kitchen)


Campos, Rémy, ed. Violons, Vuillaume: 1798-1875, Un maître luthier français du XIXe siècle. Translated from the French by Marianne de Mazières as Violins, Vuillaume: 1798-1875, A Great French Violin Maker of the 19th Century. Exhibition catalog. Paris: Cité de la Musique, Musée de la Musique, 23 October 1998-31 January 1999. See especially the essay by Karel Moens, "Vuillaume et les premiers luthiers" ["Vuillaume and the first violin makers"], 130-8; footnotes, 160-62.

Chiesa, Carlo, John Dilworth, Stewart Pollens, and Duane Rosengard. The Violin Masterpieces of Guarneri del Gesù. Edited by Eric Wen with foreword by Peter Biddulph. Exhibition catalog. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994.

Chiesa, Carlo et al. Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù. Photographs by Stewart Pollens. Illustrations, drawings, and measurements by Roger Graham Hargrave. Edited by Jane Holloway and Jennifer Laredo Watkins. 2 vols. London: P. Biddulph, 1998.

Dawes, Richard, ed. The Violin Book. London: Balafon Books; San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books, 1999.

Doring, Ernest N. How Many Strads?: Our Heritage from the Master: A Tribute to the Memory of a Great Genius…. Chicago: W. Lewis & Son, 1945.

Faber, Toby. Stradivari’s Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection. NY: Random House, 2004.

Gemünder, Georg. Georg Gemünder’s Progress in Violin Making, with Interesting Facts Concerning the Art and its Critics in General. Astoria, NY: Published by the author, 1881.

Gill, Dominic, ed. The Book of the Violin. NY: Rizzoli, 1984.

Goffrie, Charles. The Violin: A Condensed History of the Violin: Its Perfection and its Famous Makers. Philadelphia: G. André & Co., 1876.

Goodkind, Herbert. Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari, 1644-1737: Treatises on the Life and Work of the Patriarch of Violinmakers. Larchmont, NY: [Herbert K. Goodkind], 1972.

Groce, Nancy. Musical Instrument Makers of New York: A Directory of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Urban Craftsmen. Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1991.

Hall, Charles J. A Chronicle of American Music, 1700-1995. New York: Schirmer Books, 1996.

Henley, William. Antonio Stradivari, Master Luthier, Cremona, Italy, 1644-1737: His Life and Instruments. Revised and edited by C. Woodcock. Brighton, Sussex: Amati Pub. Ltd., 1961.

Herbert, Rembert. Three Masters: The Stringed Instrument Collection in the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1983.

Hill, William Henry. Antonio Stradivari: His Life and Work (1644-1737). London: W. E. Hill & Sons, 1902.

Hill, William Henry, Arthur F. Hill, and Alfred Ebsworth Hill. The Violin-makers of the Guarneri Family (1626-1762): Their Life and Work. London: W. E. Hill & Sons, 1931. Reprint. NY: Dover Publications, 1989.

Monical, William L., and Gary Sturm. An Exhibition of American Violin Makers before 1930. Exhibition catalogue. Washington, D.C.: American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, Inc., and National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 12 June-23 August 1987.

Nelson, Sheila M. The Violin and Viola. London: Benn; New York: Norton, 1972. Reissued with new preface by the author as The Violin and Viola: History, Structure, Techniques. Mineola, NY: Dover, 2003.

Orcutt, William Dana. The Stradivari Memorial at Washington, the National Capital. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Gertrude Clarke Whittall Foundation, 1938. Reprint. NY: Da Capo Press, 1977.

Petherick, Horace. Joseph Guarnerius: His Work and His Master. Boston: Longwood Press, 1977. Reprint of the 1906 edition published by The Strad, London; New York: Scribner, issued as no. 16 of The Strad library.

Pleeth, William. Cello. Compiled and edited by Nona Pyron. London: Macdonald, 1982; New York: Schirmer Books, 1983.

Riley, Maurice W. The History of the Viola. [U.S.: s.n.]; Ann Arbor, MI: Braun-Brumfield, 1980. 2nd ed., 2 vols. [U.S.: s.n.]; Ann Arbor, MI: Printed by Braun-Brumfield, 1991-93.

Robinson, Marjorie. The Violin and Viola. General editor J. P. Rutland. Illustrated by Virginia Smith. London and New York: F. Watts, 1976. London and New York: F. Watts, 1983.

Sacconi, Simone F. From Violinmaking to Music: The Life and Works of Simone Fernando Sacconi. Production coordinator, Franco Feroldi. Translations and interviews, Maya Randolph. Cremona: A.C.L.A.P., 1985.

Salgo, Sandor. Thomas Jefferson: Musician and Violinist. [Charlottesville, VA]: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2000.

Shaffer, Karen, and Neva Garner Greenwood. Maud Powell: Pioneer American Violinist. Foreword by Yehudi Menuhin. Arlington, VA: Maud Powell Foundation; Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1988.

Sonneck, Oscar George Theodore. Early Concert-Life in America, 1731-1800. Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1907. Reprint. New York: Da Capo Press, 1978; and, Mansfield Centre, CT: Martino Publishing, 2006.

Stowell, Robin, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Cello. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Stowell, Robin, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Violin. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Thomson, Ryan J. Swing Fiddle: An Introduction. Newmarket, NH: Captain Fiddle Publications, 1990.

Vannes, René. Dictionnaire universel des luthiers. 2 vols. Brussels: Les Amis de la musique, 1951-59.

The Violinist’s Guide: The Blue Book of the Violin Making Profession. Chicago: Violin Pub. Co., 1916, 1920, and 1924.

Wenberg, Thomas James. The Violin Makers of the United States: Biographical Documentation of the Violin and Bow Makers who have Worked in the United States. Mt. Hood, OR: Mt. Hood Pub. Co., 1986.


Bromberg, David. "The Grape and the Grain." The Strad 114 (November 2003): 1236-37.

Kass, Philip. "Exhibition of Pre-1900 American Stringed Instruments." Journal of the Violin Society of America 2, no. 4, (Fall 1976): 70-83.

Kass, Philip. "The Gemunder Family of Violin Makers." Journal of the Violin Society of America 6, no. 3 (1983): [36-58].

Kass, Philip, and Michael Olmert. "Violin-making as American Art." Smithsonian 8 (September 1977): [106]-10.

Kuronen, Darcy. "Early Violin Making in New England." Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 28 (2002): 5-62.

Peterson, Jonathon. "Prepare to Meet the Maker: Charles Beare." American Lutherie: The Quarterly Journal of the Guild of American Luthiers 82 (Summer 2005): 26-33, 65.

Wall, Edward. "Abraham Prescott: Bass Viol Maker of Deerfield and Concord." Historical New Hampshire 42, no. 2 (Summer 1987): 101-23.

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