Date: 5 months ago   Category: Studies

Scientists have proved that they of Stradivariusa sound not better than usual violins - RIA Novosti, 5/8/2017


Volunteers couldn't distinguish Stradivarius from a usual violin
MOSCOW, on May 8 – RIA Novosti. The well-known Stradivarius violins sound worse or just it isn't better, than usual modern violins, for a "blind" ear of the leading violinists and simple fans of music, scientists in article published in the PNAS magazine declare. "Many people consider today that old Italian violins and violoncellos possess a unique sound which modern tools can't just reach. Many scientists long tried to reveal "secret" of a sound of Stradivari, but only now this question has begun to be investigated seriously" — Claudia Fritz from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (USA) tells. Each fan of music knows about existence well-known Stradivariusov – the violins made by the Italian master Antonio Stradivari at the end of 17 or the beginning of the 18th century. These violins as many critics and inhabitants consider, possess a unique, unsurpassed sound because of their unique structure and talent of their creator. Today about 650 violins of great Antonio have remained, each of which costs millions of dollars. The Stradivarius violin stolen in London was in Bolgariipo Fritze's words, her team studied one of the most known "miracle" properties of Stradivarius violins – their "kontsertnost". According to fans of such violins, Stradivari's creations are adapted for a game in concert halls and other large rooms – they sound rather quietly for the violinist, but is loud for the audience in the hall. A violin sound as critics as if "reveals" for the audience are expressed, becoming more difficult from the tool at a great distance. Scientists have checked whether so it having made two independent experiments in two concert halls in Paris and in New York, having gathered a team of several most famous violinists of the world and several dozens of fans of music who have agreed to compare playing of these masters usual violins and on Stradivariusakh. © Photo: Felipe Reinoso Cavalhokhorosho familiar music improves taste of beer, have found out ученыеКак tells Fritze, both violinists, and listeners worked "blindly" – neither those, nor others knew on what tools they will play "Concerto for a violin with orchestra" of Tchaikovsky, Brahms's work, "A violin concert" of Sibelius and other symphonic works. For purity of an experiment similar sessions of "audition" were conducted in two formats – in the Small concert hall in Paris with accompaniment, and in the big hall in New York without accompaniment. Listeners and violinists had to estimate the volume of sound, its purity, wealth and other subjective characteristics of sound of each violin. Both in that and in other case absolutely identical results have been received – Stradivariusa have clean lost to the modern competitors who have seemed both to musicians, and listeners louder and interestingly sounding. Only 44% of listeners and musicians managed to be guessed what of violins was Stradivarius. It means that they actually couldn't distinguish a sound of the legendary tool from a "usual" modern violin

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