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Davide Ferella


The course is open to all mandolin players who would like to learn more about or approach for the first time the historically informed practice applied to the Neapolitan mandolin, the Brescian mandolin and the four-, five- and six-order mandolin. The teacher provides a copy of a mandolin tuned for fourths and two Neapolitan mandolins from the 18th century, for those who do not have a philological instrument. In any case, it is not essential to have a philological instrument. 


We will delve into the history of such instruments by referring to all the sources in our possession today, as well as the technique through the study and analysis of treatises of the period. In addition to the performance of better known repertoires, we will focus on all that literature that is still little known today, if not entirely unpublished. In particular we will be able to focus on the theatrical production, a heritage of arias with obbligato instrument that is very vast and can best tell us about the epic of the mandolin during the 18th century. In any case, it is possible to agree in advance with the teacher on a personalized work plan for each student.


Mandolinist and researcher, Davide Ferella has been dedicated to historically informed praxis for years, founding the early music ensemble "Accademia degli Erranti" in 2019. He collaborates regularly with Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Teatro Comunale in Bologna. He records for Dynamic, Sony Classical, Da Vinci Classics and Christophorus. As an essayist and writer he publishes for Zecchini Editore.

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