Perhaps, I figured, we would even get to meet some of her more glamorous relations.
From Munich, it is a train journey of 65 miles to the Karwendel, the mountain range beneath which Mittenwald is hidden.
Mathias had left Mittenwald to study his craft in Italy, where some believe his tutor was Nicolò Amati, the man who also inspired the world’s most famous violin maker, Antonio Stradivari.
Mathias took his newfound skills home to the Bavarian alps, married twice, and passed on his knowledge to his progeny, including son Sebastian and grandson Aegidius, whose instruments far outshone their father’s. These bits of historical information piqued my own curiosity.
After years of taking her for granted, it seemed only right to take her back home for a visit.The more we traveled together, the more people asked me about her.They wanted to know where she was from, how old she was, stuff any decent friend ought to know.At the far end of the Obermarkt was the town’s 18th-century church, lavishly decorated with trompe l’oeil paintings, and in the shadow of its pink tower, on a large marble pedestal, sat a statue of a man.A profusion of curly hair escaped from the edges of a cap, and he was working on the violin that rested on his left knee.