Violins and the Luthier Tradition of Cremona
18 November 2016
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Around 1530 Andrea Amati invented the violin, the main character of the new XVI century musical taste: Amati’s school formed Niccolò Amati, Antonio Stradivari, and Guarneri del Gesù.
Indeed, from Andrea Amati’s time to date, Cremona has taken music, evolving in its many artistic facets, as symbol of its cultural identity, mostly due to the legacy of its extraordinary lute and organ crafting tradition, not to mention the contribution given by its many distinguished citizens, such as Stradivari, Monteverdi and Ponchielli.
The tradition goes on thanks to such institutions as the International Volin making School, the Ponchielli theatre, the Stauffer foundation and the incredible number of workshops scattered all over the city.
Such a legacy deserved a common and strong identity, translating to unprecedented networking initiatives to be promoted among the key players, in order to promote and position the city adequately on the tourist maps and promote it in the domestic and international markets.
Hence, the birth of the Music District: a new initiative promoted by the Provincial authority of Cremona as the main patron and the involvement of the local Chamber of Commerce, the Municipal authorities of Cremona, Crema and Casalmaggiore as well as the trade associations, with the ultimate goal of enhancing tourism governance, to finally reap what’s been sowed.
The Regional Government of Lombardy also took part in the project; in the scope of the Framework Agreement entered into with the Chambers of Commerce of Lombardy to promote competitiveness, the Government funded some systemic initiatives to develop the tourism supply chain in the Province of Cremona, more specifically within the “Music District” initiative.
Thus, a number of initiatives, including Festival Monteverdi, Casalmaggiore International Festival, Cremarena in Crema, Mondomusica, find the right place in this context, together with a large number of ancillary events taking place all over the Province, within the scope of an innovative “model” of local marketing.
Violin making and music, then, are the “strings” luring tourists to take a peek at the historical and artistic legacy of international relevance, offering them a chance to enjoy moments in music or concerts listed in the events schedule, which every year confirm its quality with high profile events. The Violin Museum is a place with a number of rooms specifically devoted to the unique pieces from the local violinmaking tradition, but it also boasts a state-of-the-art auditorium and thematic e auditorium programmes to best explain and value the local musical tradition.