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Luci e Ombre Sonore - Recital by Simone Vallerotonda



Luci e Ombre Sonore - Recital by Simone Vallerotonda

On the occasion of the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland we present Simone Vallerotonda in Luci e Ombre Sonore, music for theorbo and baroque guitar.

Everything is permitted to the musician specialising in 17th century music. Distancing himself from the period’s civilization, without ever actually forgetting it, he draws from the ruins of the past and their evanescent beauty in the constant search for a renewed pathos. Contrasts and provocations, as we see in the supreme art of Merisi, bring out the spiritual nature of earthly things. It is in this continuous circular action of the materialisation of the spiritual and the spiritualisation of the material that the Caravaggesque chiaroscuro meets its acoustic equivalent in the confrontation between two instruments, namely the theorbo and the baroque guitar. The theorbo is developed in a low, dark and deep register while the baroque guitar operates in an entirely sharp, bright and clear register, completely free of low sounds. The two instruments highlight the peculiarities of the language of their tablatures, through trills, vibratos, cascades of notes, variations, and rhythms, bringing nature to life in the light as in the dark.

Both instruments are protagonists of an extraordinary musical and historical period, dedicated to the search for magnificence: the Baroque.


Born in Rome, Simone Vallerotonda began to study music on the classical guitar. Interested in early music, he studied lute with Andrea Damiani in Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He has performed both as soloist and basso continuo player on plucked instruments in international music festivals and venues. He teaches baroque guitar at the Conservatory “G. B. Martini” of Bologna (IT).


Prices: €20/ €15 students and Members of the Italian Cultural Institute
For tickets contact:
The Friends Desk (National Gallery of Ireland) or the Friends Office:
01 6619877


Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : IIC

In collaboration with : Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland, Cidim,

Entrance : With fee


National Gallery of Ireland, No.5 South Leinster S