Music & Musical Instruments
The Museum's music collections contain more than 5,000 instruments of American and European heritage. These include a quartet of 18th-century Stradivari stringed instruments, Tito Puente's autographed timbales, and the Yellow Cloud guitar that belonged to Prince, to name only a few. Several of these rare instruments can be heard in performances of the Smithsonian Chamber Players and in other public programs. Music collections also include jukeboxes and synthesizers, square-dancing outfits and sheet music, archival materials, oral histories, and recordings of performances at the Museum. The vast Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated Sheet Music is a remarkable window into the American past in words, music, and visual imagery. The Duke Ellington and Ruth Ellington Boatwright collections contain handwritten music compositions, sound recordings, business records, and other materials documenting the career of this renowned musician.
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- Description (Brief)
- This violin was made by Carl Schulz in Bismark, North Dakota in 1954. Carl Schulz was born in Germany in 1878, trained as a professional trumpet player and performed in New York under Walter Damrosch
- and John Philip Sousa. He later turned to farming, moving to North Dakota in 1921. After retirement in 1945 he became interested in violin making, and by 1956 had completed 18 violins and one cello, all of imported European wood. This violin is made of a two-piece table of spruce, one-piece back of maple with fine horizontal figure, ribs of similar maple, moderately figured maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and a bright transparent orange-red varnish.
- Currently not on view
- Date made
- Schulz, Carl
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center