Welcome to our homepage! Triosonate is a musical ensemble based in Tuscany, Italy, including flutist Stefano Agostini and guitarists Veronica Barsotti and Salvo Marcuccio. We are presently occupied with recording Bach’s entire body of triosonata-like instrumental works.
Triosonate was established in 2015 after an idea by Salvo. We were driven together by a long standing friendship and by an equally strong love for Bach’s music. With our (admittedly, quite unusual!) instrumental combination, the chances of playing anything by our preferred author were zero, so we had to resort to that most questionable musical practice – transcription. Even so, we realized soon that, in spite of the many advantages of two guitars over just one, the extent of adaptation required was too much to do justice to Bach’s music.
Most of baroque keyboard music requires a range of five octaves, give or take a few notes, while the six-string classical guitar only has three octaves and a sixth. Thus, arrangers past and present feel forced to squeeze the musical text – Bach’s exquisite counterpoint – in a box too small for it, and they do so by way of frequent, arbitrary changes of register of one voice or another. As a result, polyphony is compressed into cramped lines that often cross where they shouldn’t, and the music – although harmonically correct – sounds confused and innatural.
We don’t play arrangements. On the contrary, our transcriptions are true to the original thanks to the use of innovative stringing of the guitars. We play perfectly normal classical guitars with very special strings, so to stretch the range of the guitar duo to cover Bach’s original texture; and in doing so, we allow the guitars’ unique sound and the warmth of Stefano’s flute to project a new, revealing light on some of the finest music ever written.