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date: 20 November 2019

Pontoni, Bruneto [Bruneto dalli Organi; Bruneto dalli alpichordi]locked

  • Denzil Wraight

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[Bruneto dalli Organi; Bruneto dalli alpichordi]

(b 1499–1506; fl 1530–64). Italian maker of keyboard instruments. Active in Verona, he is known from four signed and dated virginals (1532, 1556, 1558 and 1564). A further three virginals and one harpsichord have been attributed to him (see Wraight) and he is linked with two other harpsichords. He is also known to have worked on the organ of S Maria in Organo, Verona, in 1530 and again in 1540–41. His virginals display a style of construction that is midway between the Milanese and the Venetian. The casework is like Venetian virginals but the keyboards are only partially projecting. These virginals are unusual in showing the use of a high 8′ pitch (a′ = c530). One harpsichord (Musée de la Renaissance, Ecouen) is unusually decorated compared with other Italian harpsichords and may have been made for a foreign customer, possibly from southern Germany or Austria....

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