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Goffriller Cello, 1705. - Architecture In Music

Goffriller Cello, 1705.

Photographic Print:

This photo shows the inside of a remarkable Francesco Goffriller cello made in 1705, currently played by Rolf Gjelsten, a member of the New Zealand String Quartet. The photographer, Charles Brooks, who took the cello's interior shots, has studied under Gjelsten and maintained a close friendship with him for nearly three decades.

Francesco Goffriller was a towering figure in the Venetian luthier tradition. His creations have been favored by several world-renowned cellists, including Jacqueline du Pré, Pablo Casals, and Janos Starker, who was Gjelsten's mentor.

This cello stands out for its unique poplar wood back plate, a deviation from the typical spruce material. It has a rich history, having been previously owned by Alexandre Barjansky. Barjansky's performances on this cello inspired Ernest Bloch to compose the acclaimed "Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque" in 1915.

You can watch Rolf talking about this spectacular instrument here.

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