Backhaus, Hermann - Correspondence B1260-101

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Correspondence: (3) about Backhaus (1972-1973); to & from Springer-Verlag and CMH; from Hermann Meinel to CMH (translated by J.C. Schelleng)


Type of resource mixed material
Date created 1972 - 1973
Language English
Digital origin reformatted digital


Creator Backhaus, Hermann, 1885-1958

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Biographical note Worked in Germany for many years on the acoustics of the violin, first at Greifswald and later at the Technische Hochschule in Karlsruhe. His unique contribution was the first mapping of the vibrational modes of the arched top and back of the violin, vibrated with an automatic bowing device at main resonance frequencies. His most important conclusion was that a strong tendency exists among the best instruments for the inward and outward motions of the top and back plates to be in phase over a large area of the violin at some frequency near 700 Hz. At lower frequencies he found far more subdivisions to occur. Backhaus' pioneering work together with that of his student, Hermann Meinel, has provided investigators with much basic information. See Backhaus papers in Benchmark Papers in Acoustics, Volume 6, Dowden Hutchinson and Ross 1976.
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