Defining an 18th century lute, the Mandora & Calichon: an organological study on the instruments of Gregor Ferdinand Wenger

Bob Van de Kerckhove - Università di Pavia


This research study, for the first time, analyses from a more comprehensive organological perspective the underlying design concepts and principles, revealing consistent and creatively applied production methods that led to the evolution of the mandora and calichon as a distinct instrument. Combined with testimonies of growing social and musical interest, from the results obtained on the output of Gregor Ferdinand Wenger’s workshop. Design developments, structural features, decorative characteristics and chosen materials are described from a historically informed position, as well as valuable measurement data provided. All this, together with other new insights, will benefit lute-makers, restorers, conservators, scholars and early-music performers.

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Registrazione presso la Cancelleria del Tribunale di Pavia n. 552 del 14 luglio 2000 – ISSN elettronico 1826-9001 | Università degli Studi di Pavia Dipartimento di Musicologia | Pavia University Press

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