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Dolce Napoli: approaches for performance - Recorders for the Neapolitan Baroque repertoire, 1695-1759

This thesis examined two previously neglected topics, Baroque Italian recorders and the Neapolitan Baroque repertoire for the recorder, and then combined both aspects.

Inês de Avena Braga
02 July 2015
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In this thesis, Inês de Avena Braga compiled the information currently known about the makers of Italian and specifically Neapolitan Baroque recorders, as well as technical drawings, measurements and photographs of all the thirty-four Italian and Anonymous instruments included in the study. 

Her practical experience with the copies of a few recorders was described, offering a more musical dimension to this data. The Neapolitan recorder works were also listed with a brief analysis and further commentary on the recorder part, with a view of connecting the works with the instruments that might have once been used to play them. Furthermore, an overview of the social and cultural atmosphere of Naples in the early eighteenth century is offered as contextualization to the musical ambience, aided by iconographical references.

The release of the homonymously-titled CD as a first artistic outcome of this study has brought together the two main aspects of the research: 'new' instruments and 'new' works. In conclusion, Inês reflected on the role of the instrument in affecting the player, and became conscious of a different ideal for her approach to Early Music and period instruments.

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