Ernst’s violin case

Paganini had a red leather violin case with his name in gold letters on the lid. Ernst had a similar case – although this time in green leather – made for his Stradivarius. Madam Ernst refers to this case in her poem ‘Ernst’s Violin’ – ‘You who were his living lyre, / Now you are here mute, / Shut up in your green case, / […] / Be mine at least undivided. / Only my hand will awaken you, / […] / Smash yourself in any other hand.’ [HWE:272] This case is now owned by the Californian violinist and Sarasate expert, Joe Gold. (See under People).

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