Three centuries of Italian Violin Making
2003, 68 pp.
rilegato in brossura, 24 x 32 cm
The volume presents a selected panorama of instruments made by some of the most important and representative violin makers working during three centuries' history of Italian violin making. Overall, twenty-four bowed stringed instruments are published, subdivided into three periods. Each instrument has a technical description, and there are also tables of comparative measurements. Eight violin makers for each century: Don Nicolò Amati, Bernardo Calcanius, Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Giuseppe Guarneri "del Gesù", Domenico Montagnana, Lorenzo Storioni, Antonio Stradivari and Carlo Antonio Testore for the eighteenth century. Leandro Bisiach, Enrico Ceruti, Eugenio Degani, Raffaele Fiorini, Eugenio Praga, Giovanni Francesco Pressenda, Enrico Rocca and Giuseppe Rocca for the nineteenth century. Lastly, for the twentieth century, Riccardo Antoniazzi, Cesare Candi, Marino Capicchioni, Annibale Fagnola, Ferdinando Garimberti, Carlo Oddone, Ansaldo Poggi andAugusto Pollastri.
Professor Versari was born in Cesena and studied the double-bass at the Martini Conservatory in Bologna. He played for a number of years as a freelance musician in Italy's top lyrical and symphonic orchestras, including that of the RAI in Turin.
After winning contests in a number of Italian theatres, including that held at the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa, he moved to Bologna where he was chosen to play first double-bass in the Municipal Theatre Orchestra, a post he has held for about thirty years.
At the same time as playing in the orchestra, he also for many years taught the double-bass, initially at the Pollini Conservatory in Padua, and subsequently at the Martini Conservatory in Bologna.
He is now involved in violin making as a historian, collector, organiser and curator of exhibitions.
He is one of the top international experts in violin making, in particular modern violin making.