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The exhibition "El so dels temps. Taller de Lutheria" opens on October 29 at 19.30h at Sala Aifos. It includes a selection of ancient string instruments belonging to Sergi Martín's collection of 13th and 14th century reproductions, namely violas, vielles, Baroque violins, mandolins and medieval citterns, as well as original string instruments dating from the 17th and 18th century.

According to Raúl Ferragud, workshop co-owner, "the star of our exhibition is the viola which was reproduced from the frescos discovered in the Valencia Cathedral. We have requested the piece from the Valencian Institute of Music, whom we are working with on the restoration of its collection; it is a very special instrument, used on rare occasions, such as concerts performed by Capella de Ministers or visits of the Pope". On the day of the inauguration, Sergi Martín will give a conference entitled Los ángeles, músicos de la Catedral de Valencia, explaining how the viola was made after the frescos were found.

Along with the instruments, the exhibition provides information on the historical context, yet Ferragud states that "this exhibition highlights the instruments as works of art, and people can see their texture, material and finish". The Luthery Workshop directed by Martín and Ferragud produces only handmade musical instruments. "In the workshop we make and repair string instruments; we have our own stock of wood, we select it and then work on it. In other words, we make instruments from scratch, without using any kind of industrial machinery".

The exhibition, which is open to the public until November 18, is part of an international symposium entitled Vigència de l'Edat Mitjana: Cinema i Novel·la Històrica, organized by the Hispanic Association of Medieval Literature (AHML - Asociación Hispánica de Literatura Medieval) and by the Interuniversity Institute of Valencian Philology (Institut Interuniversitari de Filologia Valenciana).

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