Tasto solo is an Italian term used in music scores, usually on the continuo part, to indicate that a note or section should be played on its own, without harmony. The phrase first appeared in music theory books in the eighteenth century, but was used by composers such as Arcangelo Corelli before this time. The term tasto is Italian for key and solo means alone.
Key and alone – these two words describe the idea behind our project: presenting recitals featuring solo harpsichord and solo organ. There are more than six centuries of repertoire dedicated to these two instruments combined.
We aim to discover the value of pipe organs and bring the voice of the harpsichord to places where our listening audience doesn’t have access to this beautiful instrument and repertoire.
The project takes inspiration from Marco Vitale’s successful tour of British Columbia, where he performed 15 harpsichord recitals in BC during January 2020.