Writer Russ Rymer delves into the world of the endangered music tree. The music of Beethoven, Brahms and their compatriots could not be played without the traditional violin bow, and the bow can only be made of one material: the wood from the pernambuco tree, which grows only in Brazil. Sensing their own extinction, musicians and bow makers have been working to save the tree, which is threatened by the destruction of the Atlantic forests. Russ examines the future of the tree, and the art that it supports.

Supported by the University of Sydney

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.