Sigurd Imsen

The Tartini Style


Norges Musikkhøgskole

Norwegian Academy of Music

Viva Voce: 24. april 2015


Hovedveileder: Professor Frode Thorsen



Professor Pauline Nobes, Hochschule für Music, Würtzburg

Professor Chiara Banchini, Baroque Violinist and Conductor, Geneva

Professor Erik Stenstadvold, NMH

 “In his research of The Tartini Style, Sigurd Imsen has explored the art and craft of the 18th century’s violinists. The study concentrates on the florid and highly personal ornamental style of Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770), a style that was influential well into the 19th century. Imsen has sought to re-implement Tartini’s patterns of embellishments, as well as other stylistic features, as found in the historical material – primarily in Tartini’s obscure treatise of ornamentation. The final result of the project, “The Tartini Style”, has been presented as a recording of violin sonatas by Giuseppe Tartini, along with a critical reflection that accounts for the historical sources, methods and development of Imsen’s performance. The recorded material that has been assessed consists of sonata in F, B.F4, sonata in g, B. g5 (“The Devil’s Sonata”) and the pastorale in scordatura B.A16, the latter performed on the Hardanger fiddle. These three sonatas were released on Pure Audio Blu-Ray by Lindberg Lyd in 2015.”


NMH | Sigurd Imsen: Tartini-stilen

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