I’m a professional early keyboardist who has performed extensively both as a continuo player and as a soloist. I am currently a candidate for the Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Southern California. As a musicologist, my research areas and interests include the “unwritten tradition” (including the role of improvisation) and the compositional process in 16th-century and early 17th century keyboard music; techniques, form, and functions of Renaissance notational systems (particularly tablature notations); and performance practice (especially basso continuo).
My dissertation is a study of the functioning of Italian keyboard tablature and the extent to which it can be seen as a product of print technologies. The main part of the dissertation is a complete investigation of polyphony arranged in the Italian keyboard tablature. It also examines the relationship between notational systems, print technology, and composition, using the 1556 part-book ricercars of Annibale Padovano as a case study.
Please download my biography to learn more about my work as a performer and as a scholar, and check out the media page for recordings and video clips, as well as to find out more about L’apircordo, including online liner notes. Also, please check out Intavolatura, which contains various internet scores that I’ve edited. These mainly consist of transcriptions of pieces of Italian lute tablature, but you may find some other stuff that may be of interest…! Various and very infrequent ramblings can be found on the blog.