This is a study of the use and aesthetic significance of geometry and numerical proportion in the design of European bowed and plucked string instruments in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It establishes beyond question that the familiar stringed-instrument outlines developed during that period were not arbitrary, intuitive shapes drawn within acoustically efficient frameworks, but were designs following a profoundly considered manipulation of plane-geometry and numerical proportion. This links lutherie, as an area of design, with that of mainstream art and architecture, as one governed by a neo-Platonic and neo-Pythagorean tradition of number-cosmology. Where it differs, however, is that for the luthier of this period, these aspects of design were seemingly a 'closed' or secret process, for no specific written evidence appears to have come down to us - only the instruments themselves, when analysed', testifying to what is, in effect, a lost knowledge.;This book is intended for musical instrument makers, researchers, restorers, collectors, dealers, players, etc. Specialist museum staff at the musical instrument collections.
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