The New York restorer of bowed string devices William Monical has died of unspoken causes.
Properly-known within the US, Monical was an professional on bowed string devices, significantly these of the Baroque interval, having labored with viol maker Dietrich Kessler – an essential determine for these on the forefront of the early music motion – in London within the Sixties.
Monical owned a violin store on Staten Island in New York Metropolis, to which violinists and Baroque gamers travelled from all around the world to have their devices repaired and adjusted.
Many have paid tribute to Monical on social media, with John Moran – the American musician and musicologist specializing in traditionally knowledgeable efficiency – describing him as a ‘large’ in his discipline.
In the next interview William Monical tells the story of a selected viola d’amore that got here into his store for restore and the sudden stowaways he found inside. It’s adopted by a efficiency on the identical viola d’amore by the Canadian musician Thomas Georgi.