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date: 19 November 2019

Bolcioni, Stefano locked

  • Denzil Wraight

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(fl Florence, Italy, 1626–41). Italian harpsichord and virginal maker. Son of Vincenzo, who was also an instrument maker, he came from Prato to Florence, where he worked in the via dei Servi. Two single-manual harpsichords and eight virginals are connected with his name, but the attribution of two of the virginals has not been confirmed. The 1627 harpsichord (GB.E.u) was crudely rebuilt by Franciolini with three manuals; the original compass was C/E–c″′ with F♭, G♭, d♭, a♭, d♭′, a♭′ as split sharps, and two unidentified naturals below C/E. The 1631 harpsichord (US.NH.y) was more conventional with a C/F–f″″ compass and two 8′ registers. Of the virginals, most were made in rectangular form, and have the common compass of C/E–f″′, but four were also provided with additional split sharps, similar to the 1627 harpsichord. Bolcioni is thus one of the significant sources for this type of keyboard in the early 17th century....

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