Alfabeto Falso

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Alfabeto Falso



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21st July 2017




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Alfabeto Falso

1 Toccata detta l’innamorata 0:01:25

2 Gagliarda francese 0:01:26

3 Passacaglio per la O 0:02:22

4 Impro #1 0:00:34

5 Sfessania 0:01:23

6 Passacaglia 0:04:52

7 Scaramanzie 0:02:21

8 Folias Gallegas 0:02:32

9 Capona 0:02:33

10 Toccata cromatica 0:03:15

11 Impro #2 0:00:54

12 Partite sopra l’aria francese detta l’alemanna 0:01:32

13 Corrente VI sopra l’alemanna 0:01:21

14 Impro #3 0:00:19

15 Cumbées 0:02:07

16 Passacaglia per la D 0:03:06

17 Passacaglia per la X 0:02:46

18 Kapsberger 0:02:19

19 Corrente VII 0:01:04

20 Aria di Firenze 0:01:57

21 Colascione 0:03:33

22 Los Impossibles 0:03:32

23 Impro #4 0:02:39

I Bassifondi, Simone Vallerotonda


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After the success of ‘L’ultimo romano’, his album of music for archlute from the 1718 collection of the Roman composer Giovanni Zamboni, Simone Vallerotonda presents something totally new with his Baroque ‘power trio’ I Bassifondi: ‘Alfabeto falso’. Their debut album is devoted to Italian and Spanish music for guitar and theorbo from the first half of the seventeenth century.

A little-known repertory, characterised by rhythmic oddities and harmonic extravagances that challenge those of contemporary jazz. Ordinary ‘alfabeto’ (alphabet) was the system used by guitarists of the period to mark chords: each letter corresponded to a single chord. But, in the ‘false alphabet’, those letters which were marked with a slash indicated chords containing dissonances, often very bold. The trio, comprising guitar/theorbo, percussion instruments and colachon, reconstructs an ensemble typical of the seventeenth century. Breathtaking rhythms, ‘dirty’ chords, improvisations and variations: these are the colours they seek to convey in their sound. The beauty and the challenge of this disc lie precisely in providing an interpretation that respects everything notated in the score, and in the choice of arrangements and timbres. This music sounds modern and perhaps slightly provocative to us, but all of it was written around 1640!

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini: Toccata detta la Inamoratta

Toccata detta l'innamorata

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini: Gagliarda francese

Gagliarda francese

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini: Passacagli passegiati sopra l'e

Passacaglio per la O

Simone Vallerotonda: Improvisation No. 1

Improvisation No. 1

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Preludio e Sfessania

Preludio e Sfessania: II. Sfessania

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Passacaglia


Antonio Carbonchi: Scaramanze


Santiago de Murcia: Folias gallegas

Folias gallegas

Francesco Valdambrini: Capona


Alessandro Piccinini: Toccata cromatica

Toccata No. 3 "Cromatica"

Josep Maria Marti Duran: Imporvisation No. 2

Improvisation No. 2

Alessandro Piccinini: Intavolatura di Liuto, et di Chitarrone, Book 1

Partite sopra quest'aria francese detta l'alemanna

Corrente No. 6 "Sopra l'alemanna"

Simone Vallerotonda: Improvistation No. 3

Improvisation No. 3

Santiago de Murcia: Cumbees


Angelo Michele Bartolotti: Passacaglia in D

Passacaglia per la D

Francesco Corbetta: Passacaglia

Passacaglia per la X

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Kapsberger


Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Corrente Sesta

Corrente No. 7

Giovanni Paolo Foscarini: Aria di Frenze per la C (D Major)

Aria di Firenze per la C

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger: Colascione


Santiago de Murcia: Los Impossibles

Los impossibles

Simone Vallerotonda: Improvisation No. 4

Improvisation No. 4

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