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date: 14 July 2020

Palanca, Carlo locked

  • Alfredo Bernardini


(b Valsesia, c1691; d Turin, Dec 23, 1783). Italian bassoonist and woodwind instrument maker . He was the son and pupil of the recorder maker Giovanni Lorenzo (bc1645; d after 1705). Carlo entered the ducal cappella of Turin on 7 March 1719 as ‘Suonatore di bassa d'Autbois’, a post he held until 13 May 1770. He was associated with the brothers Alessandro and P.G. Besozzi, respectively first oboe and first bassoon in the same orchestra; in some orders for his instruments, the approval of Alessandro was required. Among Palanca's surviving instruments the recorders and flutes are made in the late Baroque style, whereas the oboes are narrower in bore and have thinner walls than their Baroque counterparts, the Classical type. The two existing bassoons show similarity to French models. Palanca's instruments are marked ‘CARLO/PALANCA’.

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