"I wanted to put my long-standing passion for this rich repertoire to work here – I hope this recording will resonate with those interested in its study or who simply have the wish to discover it."
Adrien Pièce, Lausanne, September 2022
Translated from French by Michelle Bulloch – Musitext
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“Il signor Girolamo ha fatto infiniti altri volumi & continuamente ne va formando di nuovi, perché è cosi eminente in comporre che alla sprovista, come vede continuamente Roma, fa cose meravigliose; ma la fatica & spesa delle stampe non permette che si vedono in luce.”
Bartolomeo Grassi, preface to the Canzoni da Sonare by Girolamo Frescobaldi, Rome, 1628
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) was undoubtedly one of the most renowned 17th century organists of his lifetime. Born in Ferrara in 1583, he became organist of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome in 1608. This prestigious position was related to a significant network of patrons, to which Frescobaldi remained faithful until the end of his life. It was within this context that his music, most of which was devoted to keyboard instruments, was published: the two books of Toccate (1615 and 1617), the Capricci (1624) and the Ricercari e Canzoni (1615), among others. Frescobaldi pioneered a new virtuosity: while developing the forms already addressed by the composers who preceded him, he forged a personal language, a nuova maniera di suonare packed with ornamental figures, rhythmic contrasts and contrapuntal sophistication.
The pieces recorded here reveal a part of his production that is still largely in the shade, consisting of the keyboard pieces preserved in manuscript form. [..]
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ADRIEN PIÈCE organ & harpsichord
Adrien Pièce, born in Switzerland, graduated cum laude in the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in early keyboards harpsichord and organ (MA in Music Performance) with Andrea Marcon, Rudolf Lutz, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Jörg-Andreas Bötticher. He attended to many masterclasses with Wolfgang Zerer, Jan Willem Jansen, Michel Bignens, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and specialised in harpsichord teaching (MA in Music Pedagogy) with Kenneth Weiss at the Haute École de Musique de Genève.
He was awarded in various international competitions such as Paul Hofhaimer Wettbewerb Innsbruck, Concorso Internazionale di Clavicembalo di Pesaro, Concorso Organistico Internazionale di Fano Adriano.
Since 2010 he performs in many European countries on organ and harpsichord as a soloist as well as with various ensembles. He took part in various recording projects, including a live performance of the Goldberg Variations of J.S. Bach for the early music festival Resonanzen in Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, 2016.
His musical interests include a wide repertoire on various keyboard instruments (harpsichord, organ, clavichord and fortepiano), research improvisation, basso continuo. He started in 2016 a research project for the european doctoral programs Docartes (Leyden University) about keyboard improvisation in baroque Rome.
He is currently based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and works as a performer, researcher, teacher and organist of the church of Chavannes-près-Renens.