salo

The year 2009 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Gasparo da Salo, one of the greatest makers of the sixteenth century, whose instruments influenced the future of the violin.

I was delighted to be asked to speak at the Architetto del Suono conference which took place at Salo, on the shores of Lake Garda – Gasparo’s birthplace. For the conference, my interest was in both the European influences that affected Gasparo’s work, and equally the way in which his instruments and those of other Northern Italian makers were received widely throughout Europe. Taking the countries, England and Spain, my chapter on this subject was published in the accompanying book.

The book is available here:  Gasparo da Salo, Architetto del Suono (Cremona Books, 2009)

The English original text for my chapter is available here: Brescia:Influence and Influences in England and Spain.