Giovanni Accornero, Ivan Epicoco, Eraldo Guerci
G. B. Guadagnini and those he inspired in the twentieth century
2008, 240 pp.
rilegato con copertina rigida, 24 x 34 cm
A new work by Edizioni Il Salabue with contents that will be of undoubted interest for violin makers, collectors, dealers and enthusiasts. A book devoted to Giovanni Battista Guadagnini. At "Edizioni Il Salabue" we had intended for a long time to enrich our catalogue by devoting a book to the great violin maker from Piacenza, but proposing, however, something different from the contributions and monographs currently available, also because, as far as we know, Duane Rosengard's work had filled many of the gaps. We thus decided to follow an unusual approach in the new work, while still covering Guadagnini's entire life and career. Rosengard himself has summed up the results of his research in the biographical notes, providing interesting additions never previously published; Andreas Hellinge has focused on the construction details of Guadagnini's five stylistic periods, corresponding to his periods in Piacenza, Milan, Cremona, Parma and Turin. And Hellinge offers a new theory, showing that Guadagnini may properly be considered a direct heir of the great Cremona school, above all with regard to the time when he was in contact with Count Cozio. This is followed by the images of five instruments, built in the five different periods, and each with a technical description prepared by an international expert: Jean Jacques Rampal, Roland Baumgartner, Charles Beare, Peter Biddulph and Philip J. Kass. Twenty rare twentieth-century instruments follow, built according to Guadagnini models or as "copies" by twentieth-century maestros, including Annibale Fagnola, Carlo Giuseppe Oddone, Evasio Emilio Guerra, Leandro Bisiach, Giuseppe Ornati, Celeste Farotti and many others. Each instrument is presented with a technical description by a well-known professional of the sector, followed by four pages devoted to each violin, with life-size photographs of details. But the originals of these instruments have not been overlooked: they are included to enable comparisons to be made that help to understand where the original has been rigorously respected and where interpretation has taken freer reign: it is just from this interesting comparison that the essence of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini's work emerges. The purpose of this complex editorial operation was to underline the fact that the twentieth century did not limit itself to mention Stradivari [riporta alla scheda della Mostra Stradivari a Montpellier] or Guarneri del Gesù as reference violin makers, but that also Guadagnini was an important source of inspiration. The work closes with comparative tables of the heads and tables with all the basic measurements.
Giovanni Accornero, after studying guitar during his childhood, soon became interested in violin making, building his first instrument at the age of 18 under the guidance of luthier Pietro Gallinotti (Solero - Alessandria). In addition to building and restoring plucked instruments, he devoted himself to the restoration of stringed instruments, attending Arnaldo Morano's workshop and participating in restoration courses.
In 2002, he built a guitar for the "Palacio de la Guitarra" museum in Tokyo, the first Italian guitar to become part of this prestigious collection.
Collaboration with the most authoritative international researchers, organologists, restorers, scholars, experts and luthiers has enabled him to acquire a deep knowledge on the history of ancient and modern Italian stringed instrument making, especially Piedmontese, and his certificates of authenticity are now internationally recognized by collectors, musicians, public and private institutions.
He has also collaborated on countless publications and has been curator of important exhibitions of stringed and plucked instruments.
Since 2011 Giovanni Accomero has been a member of the association "Friends of Stradivari," which is engaged in activities aimed at popularizing stringed instrument making in the world, especially violin making from Piedmont and Cremona.
Since 2012 he has been the official advisor to the German foundation KulturFonds - Peter E. Eckes, active in patronage operations in the search and purchase of stringed instruments to lend to talented young musicians. The latter include violinist Bin Huang, violinist Giovanni Andrea Zanon and the Cremona Quartet.
In 2013, he was appointed conservator of the collection of historical musical instruments donated by Eng. Carlo Alberto Carutti to the city of Cremona, for which he edited the catalog, on permanent display at "Le Stanze per la Musica" rooms, of the Ala Ponzone Civic Museum in Cremona.
Since 2015 he has been an employee of the Lugano-based company MusicMasterpieces, committed to supporting talented young musicians through the Adopt a Musician initiative, managing the loan of string instruments from important private collections.
Born in Novara in 1967, Ivan Epicoco in 1991 graduated in Musicology from the School of Paleography and Musical Philology in Cremona with a thesis dedicated to the evolution of the guitar and its performance practice.
Subsequently, he devoted himself to the study of Piedmontese, Cremonese and Bolognese violin making, both with regard to string instruments and the guitar.
His professional contribution to the publishing project and to the coordination of the publishing house's activities is of fundamental importance.
In 1996 he began his journalistic career at RAI, working first at the Culture and Entertainment editorial office of Tg2 and later moving to the TGR editorial office in Bolzano.
Since 1999 he has been at the TGR of Emilia-Romagna, of which he is currently chief editor.
Passionate about music in general, he approaches the history of violin making through study and archival research.
Thanks to a meeting with Dr. Roccia of the Historical Archives of the City of Turin, he entered the fascinating world of archives realizing immediately the enormous amount of research work still to be done. His friendship with Giovanni Accornero and collaboration with leading international researchers and scholars enabled him to gain a deep understanding of the history of Piedmontese violin making.
With the contribution of his research, he managed to shed light on the life of Count Cozio di Salabue and some of the most important Piedmontese violin makers (Primarily Pressenda, Fagnola and Oddone). In addition, he coordinated the valuable survey work on the history of luthiers in Emilia-Romagna preparatory to the production of Artemio Versari's volume.
In another capacity, he is in charge of the field of exhibitions and expositions, taking care of the presentations, contacts with institutions and foundations, and concretizing the scientific project at all operational stages, from the exhibition idea to the realization of the event.
Below a list of exhibitions of instruments:
• Casale Monferrato (AL), Palazzo Sannazzaro, 2005
Count Cozio of Salabue. Violin Making and Collecting in Piedmont
Exhibition of Piedmontese string instruments from the 17th to the 20th century.
• Alessandria, Palazzo del Monferrato, 2008
The Guitar. Four centuries of Masterpieces
Exhibition of string instruments from the 17th to the 20th century.
• Torino Antiquaria, Lingotto Fiere, 2013
Violin Making. Masters of the Piedmontese school
Display of stringed instruments from the great Piedmontese School.
• Reggia di Venaria, Sale dei Paggi, 2018
Precious Instruments, Illustrious Names. Lutherie and Music between Seventeenth and Twentieth centuries in Europe
Exhibition of thirty musical masterpieces that narrated four centuries of violin making, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.