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Denti, Carlo
Anthological Method for Viol

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Author: Carlo Denti (1949-2013)
Publication Date: 5-1-2004
Pages: pp. 160
Size: 235x315 mm
Binding: Paperback (Soft Cover)
ISMN: 979-0-2153-0915-9
Code: DM 37


The present Method, devised as an anthology divided into five sections, intends to help satisfy a need, felt by many, for texts for didactic use for the Viola da gamba. It is addressed to those students and teachers who want access to concise, guiding information about the most significant musical -literature dedicated to this instrument.
The selection of texts proposed here, conforming to the historical original versions both in the use of graphic symbols for embellishments and more generally with respect to the various styles and notational forms, is intended to aid in the study of the various complete compositions and the respective bibliographical panorama.
The original historical European pieces and treatises cited here were chosen from the Renaissance period on as those considered most useful for learning to play the instrument.
Bowings and fingering are given for the studies, the scales and arpeggios, as well as in all the -historical compositions which were without them.
For didactic purposes the pieces in tablature are printed opposite transcriptions into mensural notation, while those with separate Bass parts are here given in score.
Three tables are included summarizing the symbols for fingering, embellishments, dynamics and bowings, extracted from the Avertissements by M. Marais, as found in his five books of Pièces de Viole.
The scales, the arpeggios and some studies – for practical reasons – designate the strings by Roman numeral and are provided with a respective Legend.
The musical portraits for two viols or viol and basso continuo – given here for didactic use and presented in order of difficulty – are dedicated to viola students and friends.
In the Appendix, for the study of the soprano viol in concert, three pieces in trio are provided.

Biographical Notes

Carlo Denti studied composition with Rodolfo Cicionesi and double bass with Lucio Buccarella at the Conservatory of Florence.
After attending an international masterclass with Jordi Savall, he graduated in viola da gamba, getting the Premier Prix, in the class of Wieland Kuijken at the Brussels Conservatory, where he also attended a masterclass in chamber music held by Paul Dombrecht.
He performed in Italy and other European countries as a soloist and in Renaissance and Baroque chamber music ensembles. He made recordings of music by various Italian and French composers.
He taught viola da gamba at the Music School of Fiesole, in several international masterclasses and at the Conservatories of Latina, Verona, Milan, Parma and Pesaro. He also taught chamber music for string instruments at the Conservatory of Venice.
As a composer, he got second prize ex-aequo with the ‘Suite La Facile’ for Viol Quartet at the Viola da Gamba Society of America Competition, held in 1989.
He was co-founder of the Italian Viola da Gamba Society, created in Florence in 1987.
A selection of his compositions, revisions and transcriptions for viola da gamba is published by Ut Orpheus Edizioni.


L'Écho de La Viole. Bulletin de la Société Française de Viole. N. XVII, Décembre 2004
Une toute nouvelle méthode spécialement conçue pour des violoncellistes avancés intéressés par l'apprentissage de la viole de gambe. Extrêmement synthétique, cette méthode propose de nombreux exercices: cordes à vide pour l'archet, extensions, gammes, doubles cordes, exercices digitaux. Les différents styles du répertoire y sont abordés: Ortiz, Ganassi, Simpson; Hume et Demachy pour les tablatures, les compositeurs français (Couperin, Marais, Boismortier, Sainte Colombe, Dollé), les compositeurs allemands (Abel, Schenk, Bach). Carlo Denti y a ajouté des compositions personnelles sous forme de portraits de violistes ou de musiciens actuels («La Schroeder», «La Wieland», «La Coin»...) (Paul Rousseau)

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