Beethoven's string instruments

Edited: February 24, 2019, 9:13 PM · I read that Beethoven received a nice quartet of string instruments from Prince Lichnowsky in 1800. The instruments included Amati and Guarneri violins. Do these instruments still exist and does anyone still play them?

Replies (3)

February 24, 2019, 9:58 PM · I believe his Viola is in 'Beethoven House' but I don't know for certain or where any other instrument of his may be located.
Edited: February 25, 2019, 2:18 PM · With that remarkable line-up of instruments from the good Prince Lichnowsky I wonder if Beethoven would have invited the usual suspects round to have a run through of his latest quartet or piano trio? I know I would.
Edited: February 25, 2019, 10:27 AM · Since I have seen color photographs of the instruments in a Beethoven bicentenial book edition (c)1974, they most likely still exist. The Giuseppe Guarneri violin is dated 1718, the Amati 1667, the Ruger viola 1690 and Guarneri cello 1712. This should narrow it down if you do a search, but I believe they were in the custody at the time the book was written of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin Instrument Museum of the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung


Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram Email

Violinist.com is made possible by...

Shar Music
Shar Music

Yamaha Violin Finder
Yamaha Violin Finder

Pirastro Strings
Pirastro Strings

Corilon Violins
Corilon Violins

Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases
Dimitri Musafia, Master Maker of Violin and Viola Cases

Metzler Violin Shop
Metzler Violin Shop

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Gliga Violins
Gliga Violins

ARIA International Summer Academy

Bay Fine Strings Violin Shop

Bobelock Cases

Fiddlerman.com

Fiddlershop

Nazareth Gevorkian Violins

Los Angeles Violin Shop

Pluhar Violins

Potter Violins

Pro-Am Strings Ltd

Violin Lab

Violin Pros

Wangbow Violin Bow Workshop

Subscribe