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Violoncello ''King of Portugal'' Print
Peça do Mês - Dezembro 2012
11 December 2012

Marking Antonio Stradivari's death (Cremona, 18th December of 1737) possibly the best renowned musical builders, we have selected as piece of the month of December 2012 a model made by him - the violoncello ''King of Portugal'' (previously knowned as ''Violoncello Chevillard'') the only instrument with the builder's signature in Portugal.


Violoncelo MM 47

In order to understand this instrument we leave here an extract of a concert by Avondano Ensemble broadcasted live via Internet to Beira TV on 27th November 2008. In this recording (second movement - Largo from the third sonata in C major to violoncello and figured bass - harpsichord and double bass, from the Portuguese composer João Baptista André Avondano, 17th century) you can enjoy the Violoncello ''King of Portugal'' performed by the violoncellist Miguel Rocha. Besides this instrument, you can also enjoy the iconic piece from the Museum's collection: the 18th century harpsichord made by Joaquim José Antunes, performed by João Paulo Janeiro.