Stylus Phantasticus

Italian Lutemusic from the 17th and 18th century

11-choerige lauteWorks of Kapsberger, Piccinini, Melij, Zamboni

14-course Archlute, after Matteo Sellas, Venezia 1639, by von Nico van der Waals, 2012.

The program includes Italian music of the 17th and 18th century for lute solo, from Mannerist stylus phantasticus of Claudio Monteverdi's time to gallant late Baroque style of Vivaldi's time.

It is presented on a 14-course lute lute (Arciliuto), the Italian baroque lute, which in addition to the usual choirs seven additional bass strings in about twice the length.


Athanasius Kircher describes the stylus fantasticus in his book, Musurgia Universalis:
The fantastic style is especially suited to instruments. It is the most free and unrestrained method of composing, it is bound to nothing, neither to any words nor to a melodic subject, it was instituted to display genius and to teach the hidden design of harmony and the ingenious composition of harmonic phrases and fugues.

Allesandro Piccinini is best known for his two volumes of lute music. The 1623 collection is of
particular importance because of Piccinini's lengthy preface, which includes a detailed manual on
performance, as well as claims to have invented the archlute.

Sigrun Richter in her concert detects the color of the music of the Italian Baroque, a music
full of imagination and passions, music that - as they write in the times of Alessandro Piccinini -
wants to "move the affections."

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