An antique musical instrument is not simply a precious testimony of a noble artisan of the past. It is also a very useful object for investigations that can help us to understand the true nature of the music that was played on it and by means of it.
Rosa sonora contains a range of instruments that illustrate as widely as possible the different currents of guitar making, with historical and biographical details relating to the main traditions and the most representative maestros.
The starting point is Turin, where one of the main schools of guitar making was active, made famous chiefly by the Guadagnini family together with Godone and Torchio. A second section is reserved to artisans originating from the French town of Mirecourt who were working in Turin: Pillement, Denis, Noiriel-Lacaille, Calot. The centuries-long tradition of cultural exchanges between Piedmont and France justifies, or better requires, an over-view of the best instruments of French make. Among those selected, the superb instrument by Alexander Voboam (the oldest guitar known by this maker, shown in public for the first time), and that by Lacôte. Francesco Corbetta, the most famous guitarist of the seventeenth century, and Fernando Sor, top guitarist and composer of the nineteenth century, played on these instruments or other similar ones made by the same makers. A most particular guitar, again by a French maker, is that designed by the Piedmontese guitarist Francesco Molino, taking as his inspiration the features of the violin. This is a very rare guitar that Giovanni Accornero has restored to its antique splendour so cleverly that it could recently be used to record Molino's Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. We reach the Neapolitan school and the dynasties of Filano, Vinaccia and Fabricatore through the mandolin and guitar that Pasquale Vinaccia made for Queen Margaret of Savoy.
Esposizione di chitarre XVII - XX secolo
64 pages, 17 x 24 cm, soft bound
Text in Italian
16,00 Euro + shipping