Violin History & Timeline
The Roots of Famous Violinists
Bartolommeo, renowned Italian violinist; b. Cento di Ferrara, Sept. 10,
1751; d. Neustrelitz, Germany, Nov. 6,1827. He studied in Bologna with
Dall’Ocha and in Florence with Nardini; for several years gave concerts in
Italy; became music director to the Duke of Kurland in Dresden (1779—97);
then was concertmaster at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig (1797—1818). He made
several successful concert tours while in his service; from 1797 to 1818
was active as a violinist in Leipzig. He composed 41 Capricci per
l’alto viola (rev, by E. Kreuz and A. Consolini as Caprices pour le
viola, 1922); a Violin Concerto; etudes for violin; chamber music. He
was the author of several pedagogic manuals for the violin, including
Nouvelle mëthode de la mécanique progressive du jeu de violon (179];
in Eng., 1856), and Metodo per violino (1797; his chief work; publ.
and reprinted in all European languages).