The Pascoli Brothers
Violin Making and Immigration in Twentieth-Century Brazil
Maria da Gloria Leitao Venceslau and Rafael Sando’s article retraces through the narration of the lives of the violinmakers brothers Benvenuto and Guido Pascoli, part of the history of Brazilian violinmaking in the 20th century. The two authors aim to bring new insights on the topic through the presentation of part of the results of their research conducted over the years, contributing to define the context in which the first Brazilian luthiers were formed.
The methodology presented is based on the reporting of news derived from newspaper articles, public and private archival material, and transcription of interviews with makers and musicians made by one of the two authors. The article ends with the presentation of selected string instruments, which allows us to reflect on the rich tradition of craftsmanship of the country.