This study focuses on the collection of twelve Sonatas by Lodovico Giustini (1685-1743), the earliest known pieces for the piano, which stood alone as such for at least thirty years. Giustini composed the collection for the hammered harpsichord, or fortepiano, invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655?1731). This study also examines the connection between Giustini and the Brazilian priest Jo¿o de Seixas da Fonseca Borges (1691-1758), sponsor of the Sonatas' publication in Florence (1732). Seixas dedicated them to Dom Antonio de Bragan¿a (1694-1757), Infante of Portugal, a harpsichordist and pupil of Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). The research supplies biographies of the composer, the inventor of the instrument, the sponsor of the first edition, and the dedicatee of the collection. It also includes an overview on Cristofori's life in Florence under Ferdinando de Medici (1663-1713). Cristofori's achievements as the inventor of the fortepiano, or Arpicimbalo as he used to call his instrument will be also object of the study.
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Dr. Pedro Persone received his Bachelor degree in Harpsichord at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Unicamp. In 1977 Mr. Persone studied with Huguette Dreyfus in France; in 1988 with Jacques Ogg, at the Academie voor Oude Muziek, Amsterdam.Persone reintroduced the fortepiano in Brazil in 1991. Granted a scholarship from Fapesp (Funda¿¿o de Amparo ¿ Pesquisa do Estado de S¿o Paulo) he achieved his Master of Musical Arts diploma at Unicamp, in 1996.Mr. Persone holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Historical Performance on the Harpsichord and the Fortepiano from Boston University. http://fortepiano.org email@example.com
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