These two Gagliarde are part of the Renaissance composer Santino Garsi’s music, retrieved, restored and transcribed - for the first time in our age - by Paolo Schianchi, with a research carried out together with the lutenist Massimo Lonardi.
When the guitarist and composer Paolo Schianchi read the name of Santino Garsi da Parma for the first time in one of the music history books he was studying for the ten year guitar graduation exam, he was surprised and intrigued. Even if Santino Garsi was listed among the greatest XVI century lute players, he had neither heard about him before nor heard his music played in concerts or even his name pronounced somewhere else.
Unaware of the adventure he was about to embark upon, but incredibly taken by that name and the history of an oblivion he wanted to reveal, he began the research for more information on the forgotten Santino Garsi da Parma.
With the collaboration of important Italian lutenists and musicologists such as Massimo Lonardi and Franco Pavan, he carried out a long and fascinating research in order to track down the main manuscripts by Santino Garsi da Parma, and eventually reevaluate his work.
A long and highly demanding work of analysis and transcription has been started on the rediscovered manuscripts for the purpose of bringing Garsi's music before the public once again. This aspect of the research was further complicated due to the frequent mistakes made by those who transcribed Garsi's music to the manuscripts as well as the complexity of his works, rich in inventive musical structures, which was highly unusual for Garsi's period.
The transcriptions in modern notation, however, have demonstrated the great merit of his music, expression of a truly exceptional artistic and compositional spirit.
This part of the work has also revealed how the few transcripts of Garsi’s compositions which have survived to modern times in comparison do not at all reflect the personality of the composer: it is of lower quality than those found during the research.