Giovanni Lorenzo Baldano’s sordellina manuscript of 1600: a new approach to reconstruction by Peter Walker Giovanni Lorenzo Baldano (1576-1660) was a poet and magistrate from the Northern Italian town of Savona¹. A song either collected or composed by Baldano was quoted in “Fiera di Farfara”, an intermedio performed as part of the 1637 opera Chi Sofre Speri², but outside of this appearance his most prominent surviving work is a book of tablature for the sordellina.Read more »
Reconstructing the Strozzi Bagpipe The idea to reconstruct this bagpipe came from Fabio Rinaudo and Davide Baglietto, two Ligurian pipers who have been active for several years in the recovery and dissemination of traditional Ligurian repertoire. After having studied a number of paintings by Genoese baroque painters, they focused in on the painting “i pifferai” (the pipers) by Barnardo Strozzi (see picture). Before looking more closely at the various features of the pipes, it would be good to give an overview of the artist, Bernardo Strozzi.Read more »
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