The Violin Facts You Didn’t Know AboutBack to Blog
You probably heard the history of the violin at some point, but did you know any of these violin facts?
One of the most recognized instruments in the world, the violin, just like other instruments, has its history and some fascinating facts that you may not know yet. So let’s jump together into this new world and learn some new curiosities about this amazing instrument?
The violin facts you didn’t know
The violin has a history composed of centuries
Historically speaking, the violins have been around for roughly 500 years. It’s said to be designed in the 1500s by Andrea Amati.
But it is also believed the instrument was used to make music way before it shot to fame during the 15th and 16th centuries, in which Andrea Amati and Antonio Stradivari are known for taking the violin to the stature where it stands today.
And how can an instrument like that be around for so many years? The steady and complex evolution is rooted in other stringed instruments like the pear-shaped lira, the two-stringed rabab, and the three-stringed rebec. The modern violin reflects signs of these instruments.
The violins used to be a little bit different from today
Another fact is that the violin is the smallest and highest-pitched soprano instrument in the family that is still in regular use.
Many stringed instruments had a long path in folk music before becoming recognized as classical instruments, while the violin gained recognition after going mainstream.
The violin bow hair can be made up of a variety of materials, but the most common used is horsehair, and normally contains 150 to 200 hairs.
During the 19th century, the violin bow was shaped like a hunting bow.
At the beginning of violin making, dried animal guts were used to create the strings. Only after world war II were the materials changed to aluminum, steel, silver and chrome.
When a child starts to learn the instrument, it usually begins with smaller sizes as 1/16 or 1/8 size violin. As the student ages, they will graduate up to a full-sized violin.
The most expensive one
You can find violins at a wide variety of prices, but the most expensive violin in the world was rated with a value exceeding $16 million, known as the Vieuxtemps made by the great master maker Giuseppe Guarneri in 1741.
The word “violin” originates from the Medieval Latin Vitula, which means stringed instrument.
The region Lombardy, located in northern Italy used to be famous for growing lots of Maple and Spruce, the two types of wood that were chosen to be used and preferred by most violin makers until today.
Cremona emerged being the city of the violin and home to the most famous violin makers including the Amati family, Giuseppe Guarneri, and Antonio Stradivari. But some reports quote the Brescia town as a pioneer in the art of making violins.
Andre Amati from Cremona and Gasparo di Bertolotti from Salon made the earliest violins that still exist today. And the oldest still in existence was built in 1565 by Andre Amati.
Play the violin has benefits
Curious fun fact: playing the violin is not only an artistic activity, and you can actually burn about 170 calories per hour by playing the violin.
Like many other instruments, playing the violin can benefit the brain and concentration, especially with kids.
Did you like all these curious facts? If you did, we recommend you read our blog about The Different Violin Models to understand a little bit more about violin making.