Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Campanelle in Seventeenth-Century Guitar Music, Bells and Riddles

Giovanni Battista Granata’s preface to his Novi Capricci Armonici (Bologna, 1674) may be the only Italian guitar source using the word ‘campanelle’, to compare ‘cascading scalar passages’ to bell ringing.2 Coincidentally, Gaspar Sanz’s Instrucción de música, the other important source speaking of this idiomatic effect (campanelas in Spanish), was published in Zaragoza in the same year. The effect of using the high octave strings, which are present on the fifth and fourth courses in any of the current stringing arrangements of the time, in treble melodies, appeared for the first time in a printed guitar tablature in...

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