Violin Octet

Searching for a missing piece of music tonight, I pulled off my shelf the Scientific American book The Physics of Music. Decades ago, I was fascinated by a proposed reconfiguration of the violin family to optimize instrument size, resonance, and sound.

In the age of YouTube, there must be, I thought, some demonstration of these instruments.

And sure enough, the Hutchins Consort plays “Summertime” here.

A small orchestra of new violins plays Edvard Grieg’s Gavotte from the Suite in the Olden Style here.

The work that was put into the octet was due to composer Henry Brant and luthier Carleen Hutchins.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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