All these baroque music videos and not a single harpsichord? Time to remedy that. Here, Rafael Puyana plays a harpsichord built in 1740 by Hieronymus Albrecht Hass. Notice the three manuals (separate keyboards).
Following on last Saturday’s videos, here are some Haydn trios for the baryton, viola, and cello. The baryton is a bass viola da gamba with plucked strings concealed in the back of the neck. A skilled performer can bow the instrument in the usual way while also plucking the concealed strings with the left thumb. […]
Today’s music videos are demonstrations of two uncommon variants on the viol. The baryton is a large viol with plucked bass strings concealed in the neck. Roland Hutchinson shows how to play it.
I’m always interested in European images of American Indians. So this week I have for you a clip from a recent staging of the 1736 opéra-ballet Les Indes galantes, by Jean-Philippe Rameau. In good orientalist fashion, the work lumps together stories of Turks, Persians, and American Indians under the heading of “the gallant Indies.” This […]
I haven’t posted any music videos in a while, so here’s an entire baroque concert. It’s the baroque portion of a program presented by Jordi Savall (viola da gamba) and members of his ensemble Hespèrion XXI. The stock tune “La follia” (also called “las folias,” “les folies d’Espagne,” etc.) is a theme of this concert. […]
If you haven’t heard this before, hear it now. It’s by Marin Marais (1656-1728). This is called “Sonnerie de Ste. Geneviéve du Mont de Paris” (“Bells of St. Genevieve”). The part for the bass viola da gamba is more intricate than the easily discerned violin part, so the piece rewards repeated hearings. The musicians are […]