E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The following musicians are very celebrated: Arcangelo Corelli, noted for the melodious tones he produced (16531713); Pierre Gaviniès, native of Bordeaux, founder of the French school of violinists, noted for the sweetness of his tones (17221800); Nicolo Paganini, whose mastery over the instrument has never been equalled, especially known for his musical feats on one string (17841840); Gaetan Pugnani, of Turin, founder of the Italian school of violinists; his playing was wild, noble, and sublime (17271803); Giuseppe Tartini, of Padua, whose performance was plaintive but full of grace (16981770); G. B. Viotti, of Piedmont, whose playing was noted for grandeur and audacity, fire and excitement (17531824). (See CREMONAS.)
The best makers of violins. Gaspar di Salo (15601610); Nicholas Amati, of Cremona (15961684); Antonio Stradivari, his pupil (16701728); Joseph A. Guarneri (16831745). Almost equal. Joseph Steiner (16201667); Matthias Klotz (16501696). (See FIDDLE.)