Marco Ambrosini’s Fantasia in sol minore was born originally as an educational tune made for nyckelharpa students interested in a short, condensed and funny introduction to some basics of baroque articulation and diminution techniques applied to the nyckelharpa. Based on a modular series of harmonically easy, stereotypical 16th and 17th century cadences, it offers to the player a big range of effective exercises for both left & right hand – and finally a high virtuoso sounding performance as an extra gift to the audience. The Fantasia is written especially for the exploration of the possibilities of a four-row nyckelharpa, but could be played easily (revised) also with three-row instruments with Continental or Swedish tunings.
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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.