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date: 13 December 2019

Gasparo da Salò [Bertolotti]locked

  • Charles Beare
  • , revised by Ugo Ravasio


(b Salò, bap. May 20, 1540; d Brescia, April 14, 1609). Italian maker of violins, violas and other bowed instruments. He came from a musical family that had a tradition of instrument making: his father and uncle were known as i violini. After his father's death, Gasparo moved permanently from Salò to nearby Brescia, a centre of bowed string and keyboard instrument making. He married Isabetta Casetti in 1564. It has been suggested that he served an apprenticeship with Girolamo di Virchi, but it is more likely that he learned his craft in his family workshop in Salò. By 1563 he was living in the via Palazzo Vecchio del Podestà, quite far from Virchi's residence. The two were friends, however, and Virchi stood as godfather to Gasparo's son, Francesco, in 1565. Gasparo settled in Contrada delle Cossere in 1575. His activities are recorded in a number of city documents from the period ...

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