violoncello da spalla: lower voice, higher purpose.
violoncello da spalla:
WHAT IS it exactly?
The Violoncello da spalla, often referred to as the “cello of the shoulder,” is uniquely positioned against the shoulder, unlike traditional cellos held between the legs. This remarkable instrument empowers violinists to explore a wide range of repertoire, from the Basso Continuo to intricate solo and obbligato parts. With its rich resonance, ease of play, and the option of 4 or 5 strings, the Violoncello da spalla has become a favorite among both period-instrument enthusiasts and innovative musicians looking to push musical boundaries.
To truly appreciate the revival of this instrument, I’ve condensed two decades of expertise into a comprehensive guide titled “Da Spalla.” You’re invited to explore select chapters available for FREE download and immerse yourself in the world of the Violoncello da spalla. Embracing this revival not only deepens your musical voice but also gives you a higher purpose as a violinist on a mission.
"Fascinating instrument and a great story of its rebirth. Get this book! It's a rosin for the soul." ~ Sergey Malov, multi-instrumentalist, violoncellist da spalla, conductor
"This book is an authentic adventure in human technology and sound research. Reading it is as thrilling as reading a novel." ~ Mimmo Peruffo, string-maker, CEO of Aquila Corde
"I found my own voice in it, and it enriched my career — and this is the ultimate book about it.” ~ Dr. Koji Otsuki, conductor, Bach specialist
learn more from my new book:
violoncello da spalla: smaller body, bigger bang.
what makes the badiarov spalla special
A Historical Approach to LuthieryThe conventional approach in luthiery often involves taking a picture of a Stradivari viola and simply enlarging it to the desired size using a printer. It’s undoubtedly a cost-effective method. However, I chose a more profound and historically informed approach, aligning with Historically Informed Performance Practice (HIPP).
Incorporating Intriguing FeaturesI meticulously studied surviving instruments in collections across Europe, drawing inspiration from their most intriguing features. These features were then incorporated into my own model using the Old Masters T.O.N.E.S. Technique, rooted in the acoustic wisdom and cultural insights of ancient luthiers.
The Role of StringsAs I pursued this endeavor, my dear friend and expert string maker, Mimmo Peruffo, was engaged in the research and creation of the first concert-quality strings. This was a time when the majority of string makers believed it was simply impossible, dismissing such an instrument as a foolish fantasy.
A Culture of DedicationToday, it’s more than just an instrument. It represents a new culture, a different attitude towards life, one where we, spalla players, put our faith in what we do above our fears. Spalla players do not give up. We are Spalla Players.
A Unique Journey of Craftsmanship and MusicNow, here’s something you wouldn’t typically expect from a luthier. My diverse background: as a professionally trained violinist proficient in Baroque styles, I hold a distinct advantage. My ability to perform at a professional level on both the violin and the violoncello da spalla has not only influenced my instrument designs to meet professional requirements but has also afforded me the privilege of collaborating with exceptional musicians in countless concerts worldwide.
Musical LegacyMy musical journey has encompassed recordings on numerous CDs, including my rendition of Bach’s Cello Suites, marking the third recording of its kind and following in the footsteps of my initial clients. This tribute to J.S. Bach, a composer whose music has profoundly shaped my life, holds a special place in my heart.
Commitment to ExcellenceThe wealth of experience and dedication spanning decades would hold no value if not for the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of my clients, fellow musicians, and the broader community of music enthusiasts. This is the commitment and expertise you receive when you choose to work with me on your unique violoncello da spalla.
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~ Jakob Adlung, 1758