What is good violin tone
We are going to discuss timbre of violin. First we need to consider what a good violin timbre is. An important characteristic of music is that it can express human emotions. As an instrument of musical expression, musical instruments must be able to convey emotions of musician through performance of musician and be accepted by audience. The closer timbre of a musical instrument to human voice, easier it is for people to get infected, and easier it is for people to accept it, better. This must be one of first characteristics of good violin tone.
An instrument from violin family was born in Italy at beginning of 16th century. Before and even after her birth, there was another stringed instrument that was much more common than violin, and that was viola. The violin was shaped like a modern double bass, with high sides and a flat back. This is a family of instruments with treble, alto and bass parts forming a complete group of instruments. Because of high side panels, his pronunciation is nasal and lighter, but his timbre is elegant, and he is loved by court nobles. After Renaissance, human emotions gradually began to play a leading role in artistic expression. People were dissatisfied with timbre of viol and needed an instrument that could better express human emotions, so violin was born.
①The timbre of violin is brighter, louder, closer to human voice, and better able to express people's emotions, so people quickly fell in love with it and became popular. The viola gradually fell into disrepair and was finally replaced by instruments from violin family. The birth of violin is due to fact that it is closer to human voice than previous instruments. Now, among all musical instruments, timbre of violin is closest to human voice, which is why it is loved by most people. Many people hear sound of violin and feel that this sound can reach people's hearts and evoke deep emotions in them, this is beauty of violin. Therefore, when we discuss timbre of violin, we must recognize this. It should be said that closer to human voice, more touching is timbre of a good violin tone.
From a violinist's point of view, violin is an instrument for expressing one's emotions. This tool should be easy to use and help them perform so they can express their emotions vividly. . In particular, if a violinist wants to play a light passage, he only needs to touch strings with a thin hair of bow, and violin can sing softly; it will be like a fueled engine, with plenty of power to spare and a steady stream of rich sounds that will travel through space and reach audience. His timbre is pure, melodic and full of singing. Bass is deep, high frequencies are bright.
He is sensitive to any changes in violinist's playing. As long as hair of bow lightly touches strings, violin immediately begins to vibrate and produce a continuous sound. Even if hair of bow leaves pageUnfortunately, body of piano still vibrates, and lingering sound is endless. A good violin is an extension of violinist's body organs, even better than violinist's own vocal organs: it has a wider range, richer timbre, more flexible control, and more perfect performance. It attracts violinists, makes them want to play violin, love violin and cannot tear themselves away from it even for a moment. It is a good violin in eyes of a violinist and a good violin tone.
So is there such a violin in world? In my opinion, works of greatest violin makers of 17th and 18th centuries have these characteristics. Some of their classics have stood test of time for hundreds of years and have been subjected to countless controlled experiments, as well as being widely recognized and appreciated. They are best representatives of a good violin, and their timbre is best example of a good violin timbre.
Antonio Stradivari 1716 Violin "Milstein (Maria Teresa), Goldman"
To give a specific example, I personally think that Bach's unaccompanied sonatas performed by N. Milstein are classics of violin timbre. This recording, along with Milstein's 1716 Strativari playing, best represents timbre of violin.
Antonio Stradivari 1711 Cello "Ex-Dupor"
From point of view of cello, Bach's sonata without accompaniment performed by M. Rostropovich is undoubtedly most outstanding Strativari cello of 1711 "Du Wave" (Du Port) at its best. This recording gives us opportunity to hear best sound of this world famous piano.