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POLYPHONIC SYMPHONIA

POLYPHONIC SYMPHONIA

POLYPHONIC SYMPHONIA   The idea of a polyphonic keyboard on wheel instruments derives from my studies about 12th century Organistrum.  ( https://www.liuteriaseverini.it/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=42:inquiry-into-a-troubling-problem-of-interpretation-analysis-of-possible-solutions&Itemid=1014 This same model is suitable for the small wheel  instruments  depicted in XIII and XIV paintings and sculptures. The three strings are tuned…
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Organistrum / Symphonia  keyboard  in Santiago de Compostela cathedral.

Organistrum / Symphonia keyboard in Santiago de Compostela cathedral.

Symphonia / Organistrum keyboard in Santiago de Compostela cathedral. (Inquiry into a troubling problem of interpretation. Analysis of possible solutions.) FOREWORD In former articles I wrote both about different aspects of this problem and about practical means to build a replica of the instrument in…
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Organistrum: matching three different keyboards

Organistrum: matching three different keyboards

Describing 3 different interpretations of “TWO MEN LYRE” keyboard from Gate of Glory of Santiago de Compostela cathedral and their efficiency. Agreed that the instrument has 3 strings and 11 keys The “chromatic/parallel” keyboard has 12 one-way “up and down” keys with 3 tangents each…
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Organistrum/SYMPHONIA: divisione e funzionamento della tastiera

Organistrum/SYMPHONIA: divisione e funzionamento della tastiera

Symphonia / Organistrum della cattedrale di Santiagio de Compostela DIVISIONE E FUNZIONAMENTO DELLA TASTIERA (Indagine su un caso di difficile interpretazione e analisi delle soluzioni possibili.) PREMESSA In precedenti articoli ho presentato diversi aspetti della ricerca su questo problema, nonché soluzioni pratiche per la ricostruzione…
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"BACK CARVING"   MEDIEVAL LUTHERIE: ITALIAN CETRA

"BACK CARVING" MEDIEVAL LUTHERIE: ITALIAN CETRA

A new possible method in medieval instruments making. The reconstruction of a Cetra from XII century sculpture by Benedetto Antelami in Parma Baptistery, Carving the instrument “back to front” in one piece of Fir Refining carefully the soundboard inside and outside, following a curved profile…
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EL PORTICO DE LA GLORIA: POLICROMIA Y POLIFONIA

EL PORTICO DE LA GLORIA: POLICROMIA Y POLIFONIA

El 2 de julio ha sido reabierto el Pórtico de la Gloria a Santiago de Compostela. Este extraordinario documento non para de nos maravillar. Fue evidenciada la POLICROMIA del portal aportando a todo el edificio una nueva luz resplandeciente. Al mismo tiempo, NUEVOS estudios ha…
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Chartres 12th century psaltery (English/French/Italian text)

Chartres 12th century psaltery (English/French/Italian text)

ENGLISH On 2017, April 20th I was asked by "Instrumentarium de Chartres" to go to Chartres to study one of the Psalteries sculpted in the so called Portail Royal (1144). In front of the Cathedral I found a van equipped with an elevator, in order…
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REPRÉSENTATION D’ÉLÉMENTS DE THÉORIE MUSICALE (Ordo tonorum) DANS LE PORTAIL DE SAINT TROPHIME ARLES.

REPRÉSENTATION D’ÉLÉMENTS DE THÉORIE MUSICALE (Ordo tonorum) DANS LE PORTAIL DE SAINT TROPHIME ARLES.

Le portail de la cathédrale Saint Trophime d’Arles a été construit autour de l’an 1170. L’archivolte est entièrement occupée par deux ordres d’anges tous semblables, au bras ouvertes, la bouche fermé, 18 à gauche, 18 à droite, les représentants des neuf chœurs angéliques et au…
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Origini polifoniche della Ghironda

Origini polifoniche della Ghironda

 SYMPHONIA CAELESTIS Un esempio di innovazione e sintesi simbolica nella pratica musicale del secolo XII Ho tenuto conto dei principali studi già da tempo dedicati a questo argomento (1) con attenzione parrticolare alle testimonianze iconografiche e letterarie e alle ipotesi sullla corretta denominazione dello strumento…
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polyphonic keyboard

Organistrum: new polyphonic keyboard

My reconstruction of the instrument is mainly based on my own interpretation of its possible musical function. Since I want to consider iit as a genuine polyphonic instrument I invented a special keyboard, fit for 12th century two voices polyphonies, suggesting also a diffferent managing…
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THE MAGIC OF SHELLS : NEW  METHODS  IN MEDIEVAL LUTHERIE

THE MAGIC OF SHELLS : NEW METHODS IN MEDIEVAL LUTHERIE

THE MAGIC OF SHELLS : NEW METHODS IN MEDIEVAL LUTHERIE LA MAGIE DES COQUILLES: DES NOUVELLES TECHNIQUES POUR LA LUTHERIE MEDIEVALE LA MAGIA DELLE CONCHIGLIE: NUOVE TECNICHE PER LA LIUTERIA MEDIEVALE English Shells are just an image to show new ideas about medieval methods in…
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PSALTERIONS  DU PORTAIL ROYAL (1144) DE LA CATHEDRALE DE NOTRE DAME DE CHARTRES

PSALTERIONS DU PORTAIL ROYAL (1144) DE LA CATHEDRALE DE NOTRE DAME DE CHARTRES

Dans le portail Sud de la Cathédrale de Chartres, dit Royal, il y a quatre représentations de Psaltérions. Le premier instrument, très abimé, présente 5 cordes sur deux chevalets presque parallèles. Le deuxième psaltérion a dix cordes, les angles entre les chevalets et les cordes…
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