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date: 10 December 2019

Anciuti, Joannes Maria locked

  • Renato Meucci


( fl Milan, 1709–41). Italian woodwind instrument maker . His full name is known to us only from the mark on a double bassoon. His other surviving instruments, which are often made of ivory, include recorders and double recorders, oboes, a bass flute and, possibly, a flute. A search of the Milan archives has failed to reveal anyone by the name of Anciuti living in the city during the 18th century. However, it is possible that this maker was using a pseudonym: an appropriate one for a maker of reed (It.: ancia) instruments. This was an expedient sometimes used in the 18th century by makers who wished to evade the rigid rules of the guild. Alfredo Bernardini has noted that an oboe in the Museo degli antichi strumenti musicali, Rome marked beltrami/in milano has similar characteristics to oboes signed by Anciuti, and it is worth conjecturing that Joannes Maria could have been a member of the Beltrami family of wood-turners, active in Milan during the 18th century. The Lion of St Mark device appears on numerous examples of his work, suggesting a link with Venice, although this cannot yet be confirmed....

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