A Keyed Vielle - Silver Plachesi

“A Keyed Vielle” -  Construction of the Instrument from a Fresco by Taddeo Di Bartolo – Siena (Italy), 1408

By Silver Plachesi (Guest article)

The only know Italian picture of a keyed vielle (viola a chiavi) is to be found on a beautiful fresco by Taddeo di Bartolo in the Cappella of the Palazzo Comunale di Siena. It is dated 1408, and is therefore one of the very first known images of a keyed vielle worldwide. Silver Plachesi constructed this instrument. In this article he describes his approach and the steps to the finished instrument.

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Silver Plachesi, Italy

Born at Forlì (FC). He holds a degree in mathematics and in architecture, and also holds a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts from Brera (MI) and from Ravenna (RA). A passion for “popular music” has taken him firstly to the study of the hurdy gurdy guided by Sergio Berardo and Patric Bouffard, and then to attendance at the “European Nyckelharpa Training” at the Scuola di Musica Popolare di Forlimpopoli. His main interest is to introduce the nyckelharpa into popular dance music.
In 2009, he founded the group TRAS an BALL.