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Going to the fiddle clinic

Sunday, 13 January, 2013

Fiddles in need of repair

The history of playing music on bowed instruments is ancient. The “fiddle” family is present in almost every culture, but no specific occasion celebrates the great contribution to society that this group of instruments has made. Time, then, for World Fiddle Day, which will be initiated this year. The month of May, a time of pleasant weather, has been selected. Another reason for picking May was Antonio Stradivari. Although his birth date is unknown, it is documented that he died in Cremona on the 19th of December in the year 1737. To honour his role in the story of the development of the instrument, the Saturday falling closest to May 19th each year was chosen. Thus, the first World Fiddle Day will take place on Saturday, 18 May.

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