An Italian Journey
We find ourselves in the year 1700. While wars and diseases ravage Germany, a violin maker from the Allgäu sets off on a trip to Italy. Although we don’t know his name, we do get to know one of his instruments: a violin built in southern German tradition and probably finished in Venice. It attests to a network of people, goods and knowledge that circulated throughout Europe more than three centuries ago.
Some years back, Philipp Blom discovered the violin of his story and ever since, he has been captivated by its sound. Now, in his latest book, he explores its history, encompassing migration, the everyday life of craftsmen, and Venice, the former world capital of music. His search for the violin’s maker provides the key to a whole epoch – one that is not much different to our present times.