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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 TO FRONT" MEDIEVAL LUTHERIE: CETRA AND VIELLA

"BACK TO FRONT" MEDIEVAL LUTHERIE: CETRA AND VIELLA

Two samples of our method in medieval instruments making. First, the reconstruction of a Cetra from XII century sculpture by Benedetto Antelami in Parma Baptistery, second, a reconstruction of a Viella from Moissac Abbey XII century doorgate. In both cases the same proceeding has been…
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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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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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Organistrum de Compostela. An astronomical approach

Organistrum de Compostela. An astronomical approach

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA SYMPHONIA CAELESTIS An astronomical approach 1 : Gate of Glory: Gate of Glory extrados in Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is crowded by statues bearing different kinds of stringed instruments. At the very top of the gate two of them are playing a…
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Organistrum versus Symphonia/Zanfona (Our talk in Santiago, 2017)

Organistrum versus Symphonia/Zanfona (Our talk in Santiago, 2017)

WHAT HAVE WE DONE IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SEPTEMBER 2017? OUR TALK WAS ABOUT THE FAMOUS ORGANISTRUM....BUT WITH SOME NEW IDEAS! EVENTUALLY, A WRONG NAME FOR AN INSTRUMENT WITH A DEEP DIVINE AND COSMIC SIGNIFICANCE THAT WE WOULD RATHER CALL SYMPHONIA Santiago de Compostela Organistrum:…
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