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Roaming the Baroque

Music from the 18th century.

Battuto en Pizzicato – a series about the baroque guitar by Lex Eisenhardt. Episode 2: Foscarini.

Former baroque guitar teacher Lex Eisenhardt focuses on Spanish, Italian and French music for the baroque guitar in the show titled ‘Battuto en Pizzicato’.
This 5-part series is broadcast every fourth Saturday of the month from 11 to 12 o’clock.

Episode 2: Foscarini. Around 1600, the guitar began a spectacular ascent in Italy, in a rapidly growing repertoire of the immensely popular canzonette, especially as it is ideal for accompanying oneself.
By 1630, people started looking for alternative ways to use the instrument. Giovanni Paolo Foscarini, who played the guitar as well as the lute and theorbo, began to integrate the two ways of playing, the plucked polyphony of the lute and the beaten harmonies of the guitar. This is how the mixed battuto-pizzicato style was created.
As an itinerant musician, Foscarini came into contact with the innovative French lute style, and he brought its influence to the guitar repertoire.

Two baroque guitars and a vihuela (m)

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini (fl. 1620 – 1649)
1. Capriccio sopra la ciaccona
Lex Eisenhardt, baroque guitar
(CD Canta Venetia!, Etcetera KTC 1316, 2006)

Girolamo Kapsberger (c. 1580 – 1651)
2. Toccata
3. Corrente
Fred Jacobs, theorbe
(CD Virtù e nobilità, Metronome METCD1093, 2019)

Biagio Marini (1594 – 1663)
4. Gagliarda
5. Corrente
6. Retirata
Ensemble La Romanesca
(CD Curiose & Moderne Inventioni, Harmonia Mundi 2907175, 2004)

Alessandro Piccinini (1566 – 1638)
7. Corrente
8. Gagliarda
Nigel North, lute
(CD Intavolatvra di livto et di chitarrone, Arcana CEX0584, 1995)

Girolamo Kapsberger
9. Gagliarda
Fred Jacobs, theorbe
(CD Virtù e nobilità, Metronome METCD1093, 2019)

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643)
10. Corrente – Ciaccona (1 track)
Roberto Loreggian, harpsichord
(CD Frescobaldi Edition Vol. 1, Toccatas & Partitas, Brilliant Classics – 93767, 2008)

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
11. Toccata
12. Corrente
13. Gagliarda
Lex Eisenhardt, baroque guitar
(CD Canta Venetia!, Etcetera KTC 1316, 2006)

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
14. Ciaccona
Lex Eisenhardt, baroque guitar
(Recording under personal management)

Michelagnolo Galilei (1575 – 1631)
15. Toccata
16. Corrente
Anthony Bailes, lute
(CD Intavolatura di liuto, Ramée RAM 1306, 2014)

René Mesangeau (c. 1568 – 1638)
17. Allemande
18. Courante
Anthony Bailes, lute
(CD Old Gautiers Nightingale, Ramée RAM 0707, 2007)

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
19. Alemanda
Lex Eisenhardt, baroque guitar
(Recording under personal management)

Jean-Henri D’Anglebert (1629 – 1691)
20. Allemande du Vieux Gautier
21. Courante du Vieux Gautier
Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord
(CD Inspirations, ATMA classique ACD2 2780, 2019)

Biagio Marini
22. Passacaglio
Hesperion XXI conducted by Jordi Savall
(CD Ostinato, AliaVox AV9820, 2001)

Francesco Corbetta (1615 – 1681)
23. Passacaille
Lex Eisenhardt, baroque guitar
(Recording under personal management)

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini
24. Toccata
25. Corrente
26. Sarabanda
Lex Eisenhardt, baroque guitar
(CD Canta Venetia!, Etcetera KTC 1316, 2006)

 

Highlighted picture: Giovanni Paolo Foscarini

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