A poem was dedicated to the salterio and I’m very honored to announce it here.
Kleine Hommage für einen Klangkörper
Berührt empfindsam, zart ein Klöppel diese Saiten,
Schwingt sich ein wundersamer Hall,
Des Menschen Seele zu begleiten
In Frieden um den Erdenball.
Zwar irdisch, gleich doch einem Sternenreigen,
Entbunden vom Geschick der Hand,
Bringt jener Seelenhauch zum Schweigen
Das Böse, das von seinem Klang gebannt.
Mög gut gespannt im Jahr das Instrument
Die Freude wie im Leid begleiten
Mit pizzicato auch, daß es ein jeder kennt.
Intim erklingen die Salteriosaiten.
“Salterio italiano” was featured in the daily programm “Des Cis” in Austrian’s Culture Radio Ö1. The journalist Irene Suchy made a lovely review of our newest release and awarded “Salterio italiano” with the “Des Cis CD of the week”. Thank you!
It’s released! The first recording of original salterio music, played with both playing-techniques pizzicato and battuto in equal measure. I am not exaggerating when telling you, that this is a new chapter of salterio performance, as it sheds completely new light on the sound possibilities of the Italian 18th century salterio!
I am incredibly grateful to…
… my fellow musicians Romina Basso (mezzo soprano), Deniel Perer (harpsichord/organ), Nicola Paoli (violoncello) & Manuel Tomadin (organ)
… Tritonus Musikproduktion & Markus Heiland (sound engineering)
… label Christophorus (CHR 77426)
… Thomas Radlwimmer for fotos and the video!
… is the best way to present the salterio and its many sound colors (with pizzicato and battuto) to the interested public. In this salterio-solo-concert I also talk about the instrument and my research between the pieces. It is the fourth concert program of “Il Dolce Conforto”, which I premiered at the “Musikfest Eichstätt” (Germany) in May 2018. It was a great pleasure to play for the first time in the just perfect room for my salterio, the “Spiegelsaal” built in the rococo!
I attach one picture of the concert and the fabulous critic of Katrin Poese.
… with the ensemble’s third programm: Salterio italiano! In November 2017, we recorded original salterio repertoire, played for the first time on an original salterio using both playing techniques (battuto with sticks and pizzicato with the fingers) in equal measure, moreover whilst played upon the first reliable replica of Italian salterio sticks worldwide. It was a great pleasure to work with Romina Basso (mezzo-soprano), Deniel Perer (harpsichord/organ), Nicola Paoli (violoncello), Manuel Tomadin (organ) and Markus Heiland (sound engineering)! “Salterio italiano” presents music from Northern to Southern Italy, starting from the Ospedale della Pietá in Venice, passing Bologna and Padre Martini, passing Rome and its famous salterio virtuoso in the 18th century Florido Ubaldi, and finally finishing in Naples with music by Girolamo Rossi and Vito Ugolino.
In the course of my PhD-researches, I found several salterio sticks in the collection of the Museum of Musical Instruments in Brussels. Two pairs of those can be defined as Italian salterio sticks, as their construction corresponds with numerous Italian documents from the 18th century. After having analyzed the sticks in collaboration with the museum, the wonderful bow maker Martha Breit accepted to make the first 1:1 replica of those sticks. And she did a great job! These sticks not just changed my way of playing by their lightness (some weight just 1 gram!), they also sound marvelous on my instrument! Thank you Martha – you definitely helped my instrument to sound even better!! Website of Martha Breit
In April 2017, my salterio and I were honored to be the first “star-guests” of [me:mo], Lukas Henning’s successful You-Tube Blog on lute playing, Early Music and art history. Check out [me:mo]! Lukas Henning’s work is fabulous! And here is our video…