Harpist and researcher Mara Galassi and master luthier Dario Pontiggia are in Pontiggia’s workshop in Milano, with a copy of the Barberini Harp he built for Galassi, discussing some of the finer points in making copies of historical harps. As one of the pioneers in the field of organological research into the historical harp, Galassi commissioned the luthier David Brown to make the first copy ever of the Barberini Harp. Galassi and Pontiggia have since collaborated on several replicas of the harp, affording deep consideration to various issues affecting any attempt to produce a facsimile of a historical instrument. Galassi and Pontiggia live in the same city and their collaboration has influenced their respective approaches to their own disciplines. In this interview, a disagreement over aspects of the Barberini Harp produces an insight into how building copies as close to the original as possible could yield additional knowledge of historical performance practice, harp technique and buon gusto of the period. Chiara Granata provides a commentary on the ensuing debate in “My Hands are Armed with Nought but Sweet-toned Strings?" Different ways to use the same instrument.
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Cite:&&Mara Galassi and Dario Pontiggia, <i>About the Barberini Harp</i>, Barberini Harp Project / Interviews, by Studio Armin Linke / Harfenlabor, May 13, 2022, Harfenlabor.com, MP4, 10:15, https://www.harfenlabor.com/research/about-the-barberini-harp/.