Researching to make a contribution

“Although we will never know how medieval music was performed, nothing stops us from willing to understand and getting as close as one can to its repertory and context”

To me research, pedagogy, and performance practice of medieval music are inseparable. Being aware of how much knowledge has arrived to us from the Middle Ages makes us wealthy. Musicological research is a source of continuous invaluable enlightenment. Research helps musicians to develop musical and artistic proposals.

Access to knowledge and honesty in the presentation of musical projects are fundamental in order to move forward in the appreciation of Medieval Music.

You can find educational and musicological articles about medieval organs in the website I created: www.medievalorgan.com

Find more about my papers, articles, and organization of scholarly events in
Academia.

The ultimate aim of research is making a contribution: something that had never before been known or thought which from the moment it is exposed it is going to influence any further research by marking a before and after.

A contribution means for some a rare and precious achievement. At the same time in some fields there is still much to be investigated and clarified. Research is potentially unlimited.

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What do I research

My interests are not limited to one topic: I research early keyboard intabulations, medieval organ reconstruction and its repertory, and Aquitanian Tropes.

Early Keyboard Intabulations

In 2011 I found a concordance of Flos vernalis, a piece which appears intabulated in Robertsbridge Codex (14th century). Thanks to this discovery we can now obtain more results in the analysis between the vocal version and its intabulation. Thus, we can better understand the creation of diminutions in the 14th century. Know more about it here.

Reconstruction of the 13th century portative organ

I realized while playing 13th century repertory that there was no reconstruction of a suitable portative model since existing reconstructions are 14th-15th c. models. I started a research which brought me – with the help of Walter Chinaglia – to obtain the first reconstruction of a 13th-century model (2014). Performers have finally an adequate instrument to perform 13th-century music!

Reconstruction of High Middle Ages organs and their repertoires

I am interested in all types of positive and portative organs through the Middle Ages. In 2018 I organized the Symposium “de organis: International working sessions on the reconstruction of the High Middle Ages organ”. Currently I am adviser at the Foundation Royaumont for the reparation of the Theophilus organ – a model of the 12th century – that Marcel Pérès made build in 1993.

Newly discovered Aquitanian source

I am currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program at the University of Würzburg (DE) and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (CH). My aim is to identify a newly discovered Aquitanian Gradual-Troper-Sequentiary, find out where was it used/produced, highlight the most relevant contents of the source, and expose how the finding of this source might modify our conception of the corpus of Aquitanian sources.

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