Sherlock Holmes Was a Violinist Extraordinaire

Sherlock Holmes onstage, not playing his beloved violin.(Photo: William Gillette (dramatization based on the novels by Arthur Conan Doyle))
Sherlock Holmes onstage, not playing his beloved violin.(Photo: William Gillette (dramatization based on the novels by Arthur Conan Doyle))

True confession time. Until this morning, I didn’t know Sherlock Holmes played the violin. I know! (Do I hear a collective gasp of disbelief?) Guess I just never got around to reading the books or watching the movies, but now that I DO know, I’m eager to learn more.

Here are a few tidbits I came across through a quick online search:

  • Holmes played a Stradivarius violin.
  • He knew a great deal about the violinist/composer Niccolo Paganini.
  • In The Red Headed League, Holmes and Watson went to see the famous Spanish violinist Pablo Sarasate perform at St. James Hall.
  • True story. Last month (May 2009), a performance was given on a violin made from a tree in the garden of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s childhood home to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Guess you know what my summer reading will be. Hope you enjoy the two related videos I found.

Comments
  • Nate

    We must all listen to Caroline Goulding.
    There is so much richness and maturity in this talented sixteen year-old’s playing.
    Waiting for her upcoming release!