A Todeschina

Marco Uccellini, 17th century, Forlimpopoli (Italy)
Arrangement for nyckelharpa: Marco Ambrosini, 2010

Marco Uccellini (*Forlimpopoli 1603 or 1610, +10 December 1680) was an Italian Baroque violinist and composer. He was one of a long line of Italian violinist-composers in the first half of the 17th century. His sonatas for violin and continuo contributed to the development of an idiomatic style of writing for the violin (including virtuosic runs, leaps, and forays into high positions), expanding the instrument’s technical possibilities and expressive range. Like other 17th-century Italian sonatas, Uccellini’s consists of short contrasting sections (frequently dances) that flow into each other. Uccellini mainly composed instrumental music, of which seven collections were published. A Todeschina is part of the Sinfonia Boscarecce, Op. 8, a collection of 37 small pieces for violin and basso continuo joined ad libitum by a second and third violin.

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Marco Ambrosini (Italy/Germany)

Marco Ambrosini studied violin and composition at  the Musical Institute "G.B.Pergolesi" in Ancona and at the Conservatory "G. Rossini" in Pesaro, Italy. His eminent tutor was Adrio Casagrande.

Ambrosini discovered the nyckelharpa in the 80's, and immediately fell in love with its beautiful form and its marvellous sound. He started using this instrument in concerts in the 90's and very quickly shifted his attention from the violin to the nyckelharpa. He has perform as soloist and in several orchestras and ensembles for early and contemporary music,  at various venues, from Vancouver to Moskow.

He is also active as a composer and often writes for our instrument, especially for nyckelharpa ensembles.

Ambrosini works as a teacher of early music and nyckelharpa at the “Academy of BURG FÜRSTENECK” (D) and at the “Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli” (I), both birthplaces of the European Nyckelharpa Training.

He is presently writing a book of daily exercises for advanced nyckelharpa players.