16 ¾” Brescian inspired viola by Ian Clarke, Australia

16 ¾” Brescian inspired viola by Ian Clarke, Australia

A beautifully executed 16 ¾” Brescian inspired viola, exhibiting the double purfling seen in the work of Giovanni Paolo Maggini.

Please contact us for more details quoting number CVA144

Description

Ian Clarke, Newark trained, is one of the most prominent professional makers of the modern Australian school.

This viola is a striking example of his work, being inspired by the ‘Dumas’ violin of G P Maggini. The two piece back plate is of two pieces of medium to broad flamed maple, the ribs and head are of similar wood and the top is two pieces of straight grained spruce, covered in a light amber varnish.

There is an indefinable quality of viola sound that changes with the body size of the instrument; not that smaller violas sound bad, just that larger ones can have that ‘big viola sound’ that is most noticeable in the lower registers. Perhaps it’s a mellowness borrowed from its larger sibling, the cello … Regardless, this viola has it in spades!

The sound has a nicely textured ‘grittiness’ in the lower register, whilst being particularly nice and clear in upper registers, again a characteristic often heard in celli. It’s easy under the ear, yet speaks well and offers good projection.

Here is a viola that is well suited to ensemble playing, having a nice clear tone and general ease of playing.

Please contact us for more details quoting number CVA144