Based upon the physical resources of our bodies and our environment, music has been part of our history during the entire developement of our civilization. From our earliest efforts to celebreate life, we have invented tools to facilite the use of sound to make music. In 16th century Cremona, Andrea Amati developed instrument models and construction standards which were further developed by his family and colleagues. Until they are the modern reference of violin building.
But the history of the violin is older : starting in the Ancient World, the violin evolved during centuries, following the Silk Road and the Islamic World especially of the Moores. John Huber tells the story of the violin : a story that follows the trade routes and the achievements of the leading cultures.
A rich Appendix shows examples oh basic stringed instruments and its construction techniques, such as spike lutes, fiddles, tamburs or rebecs.
This deep introduction into the world of the violin offers a new view on the violin for violonists and luthiers.