Yehudi menuhin violins violin
Does anyone know which Strad of Menuhins was dropped on the floor in Canterbury Cathedral in 1970, I know it was Giles Brandreth who dropped it but I have been trying to find out which one it was
I hadn't heard of this, but the Strad Menuhin was using at that point was the "Soil", now owned by Perlman. Unless he had borrowed another for some reason.
Apparently Giles, said Menuhin was unperturbed, and said he had brought a spare in the boot of his car, Branreth then said do you want me to get it, but understandably Menuhin declined.
The joys of temperate weather. I can't imagine keeping a backup violin in the trunk of any car.
Giles Brandreth tells a good story. Watched it on an episode of QI, with a slight feeling of skepticism. Interesting if you can verify it.
Parker, it is quite true, and easily verifiable there are quite a lot of articles on the net about it, but none of them said which violin it was that was dropped which is why I put the story on here. I didn't believe it either until I looked it up.
Here is an article that recounts the story:
My guess is that it was not a Strad, but media (and most other) don't know the difference. Priceless = Strad. It was the same with Garrett's "Strad" that in fact was a Guadagnini.
I wish someone could share those performances.
"Priceless" is devalued media currency these days. In Saturday's Times the story was of someone's priceless 20th century viola that got lost and found. £50K max.
Anyone know about the Grancino violin that belonged to Menuhin? I played on a Grancino about 40 years ago and it may have been better (for me personally) than the ex Wieniawski Guarneri del Gesu I played at Bein & Fushi many years later. The wood grain on the Grancio was very marked and the violin fit perfectly in my hand like a glove made to order. The sound was warm, sweet, full-bodied, and complex. It didn't have the power of the Guarneri, but it was most pleasing to my ear.
@Mattias, you may find this bbc interview on the strad which Giles dropped quite interesting.
Yes, it is an entertaining story. But that doesn't make it exact in all the details. Ron is to my knowledge not a musician and wouldn't know the difference between violins, as noted to his words about Menuhins spare that he calls an "everyday" violin.
I thought the Grancino was part of the auction for Menuhin's estate, but that could be a slip in memory.
Matthias, I missed the part in which he referred to the second violin as an everyday violin, but he could have meant it was one that he uses for practice,rather than using a strad, I nyself quite often use a second violin for practice reasons. But then again you may be correct in your assumption, impossible to find out without using a medium. Brandreth does say that the violin he dropped is on display in the Royal college of music, with the damage visible.
I can’t find anything in the Royal College of Music collection that belonged to Menuhin or even remotely fits the description. The 1695 Grancino he played was auctioned in 1999 and does not show obvious signs of damage. His Bussetto does have a couple ugly cracks on the top, but it was also auctioned off in 1999. The story still doesn’t add up.
@Rich I took a look in he royal academy they have a couple of strads in there but it doesn't mention Menuhins name
The 1694 “Rutson” Strad is in the Rutson collection, but it wasn’t Menuhin’s and doesn’t show signs of the kind of damage you’d get from launching a violin down a flight of stone stairs.
Rich, the coffee story seems quite telling to be honest, if he would make up a tale once he would do it again, but I am surprised no one has said anything to challenge the story.