Early Instruments and Voices

viola de gambaJordi Savall has an extensive schedule of recording and giving concerts. Many of the latter are available on YouTube, including this one from 1998 I hadn’t heard.

I enjoy the creative mix of instruments and voices a bit more than I enjoy early choral music, even polyphony. I’m more of an instrument musician, so I suppose I listen for textures that include winds and strings. And the combination of plucking/strumming and bowing the latter. Instruments in music, even sacred music, do more than accompany. They also communicate in a language without words, and perhaps that is the root of some of the distrust.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Early Instruments and Voices

  1. charlesincenca says:

    If you’ve not enjoyed The Baltimore Consort, you will. Happy New Year, Todd.

  2. Todd says:

    Love the Baltimore Consort! Did you know one of the cofounders was wed to the guitarist Michael Hedges? Early music and future guitar met in the 20th century.

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