The 18th century Italian salterio
History, repertoire, playing techniques
PhD trajectory at Leiden University
Supervisors: Ton Koopman, Teresa Chirico, Dinko Fabris
The core of my doctorate project is the theoretic and artistic inquiry of various playing techniques of the Italian 18th century salterio. Considering contemporary sources and the original repertoire, it becomes evident that two different techniques were applied on the salterio: the battuto technique with sticks and the pizzicato technique with fingers or finger rings and plectra. My main task as artistic researcher is the technical and musical re-discovery of two diverse salterio pizzicato techniques and their impact on the repertoire compared to the battuto technique.
Furthermore my thesis will discuss profoundly all Italian sources about the instrument to shed light on its history and usage. It will list all Italian salterio repertoire, its players, its surviving original instruments and researches about different salterio-tuning-systems and their practical application.
Salterio practice at the Collegio San Francesco Saverio in Bologna (2018)
in: Dramma scolastico ed oratorio nell´età barocca, a cura di Niccolò Maccavino, Reggio Calabria, editione del Concervatorio F. Cilea, in corso di pubblicazione
“Salterio italiano” – Klangfarbenmalerei mit pizzicato und battuto / Painting shades of sound with pizzicato and battuto (2018)
in: Liner notes for the CD “Salterio italiano”, Christophorus CHR77426
“Antonio Battaglia’s salterio workshop – a place of creativity and innovation”
in: Preziosi Strumenti. Illustri Personaggi. Liuteria e Musica tra Seicento e Novecento in Europa, a cura di Giovanni Accornero, Edizioni Il Salabue, 2018
“Ein sanfter Tröster hochgeborener Ohren” – Das italienische Salterio im 18. Jahrhundert
in: Concerto. Das Magazin für Alte Musik, Hsg. Johannes Jansen, 2019