How to grow a band – development of an accompaniment and its execution in a baroque ensemble

Thor-Harald Johnsen, University of Bergen, Faculty of FIne art, music and design

The artistic research is inspired by the statements Agostino Aggazzari presented in his popular manual from 1609 (“Del sonare Soprl basso con Tutti Li stromenti E dell Uso Loro Nel Conserto ). Here the author describes the use of a number of instruments and their potential musical impact within a musical ensemble.

The research will allow an exploration of different approaches to the performance of vocal and instrumental ensemble music from the early 17th-century Italy. While focusing mainly on the studies of historical plucked instruments (theorbo / lute / guitars) and their solo repertoire, the project will involve melodic instruments (violin / recorder) and bowed bass instruments as a part of the accompanying corpus.