Sunday, August 06, 2006

Early Musick

Here is an article about early music ensembles - Trevor Pinnock, etc and etc. I've always been interested in early music; I played the sackbut in an ensemble, I have a friend who plays theorbo and I've written a heap of pieces using early instruments. Writing for the instruments is not just like writing for the modern variety. I wrote a piece for Northwest Baroque, a Seattle-based ensemble, and the hardest parts were the guitar and the theorbo. That little guitar has the, Excuse my French, weirdest tuning in the universe, and one almost has to know how to play the thing in order to write for it. It doesn't look weird on the link page, but, believe me, it is. But the sound of the ensemble was very nice.


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