Cordedrago produces natural lamb gut strings in a strictly artisan manner, according to traditional methods and raw materials, thanks to an in-depth analysis of ancient documents and continuous direct experimentation.

The strings made with historical rigor not only satisfy a philological need, but they sound much better because they are softer and more elastic, allowing the performer to obtain greater expressiveness and a great wealth of harmonics from his instrument.

CORDEDRAGO promotes PREMIO BONPORTI 

because it cares a lot about the historicity of the musical approach

The PREMIO BONPORTI COMPETITION 2022 is for ensembles!
There is an optional Historical Composition Competition

CORDEDRAGO: not humble work, but noble art, that of the stringmaker ...

For the most daring physicists, in fact, the strings are at the base of the very structure of the universe, because from the vibration of the strings, that is essentially from the music - as Pythagoras already claimed - the whole cosmos draws harmony: it would therefore not be incorrect to define the Great Architect a Great Stringmaker!

Chordes autem dictas a corde: the strings are so called from the heart, as Isidoro of Seville argued, because as the heart beats in the chest, so the strings resound struck by the musician on the zither, magically capturing the soul.

The dragon is then an alchemical animal, as is the alchemical red cinnabar - similar to dragon's blood - with which the strings for baroque lutes were loaded, like the sulfur used to whiten them and make elastic and resonant, like the salt used to preserve the gut, or the alum used to tan it in order to make the cantini more resistant.

And alchemical and witchcraft magic is even more to mix unclean and vile ingredients, such as guts of sheep and wine dregs, thanks to which tender lambs, innocent victims, miraculously reborn, emit a very sweet and spiritual song.

Davide Longhi

 

 

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