Herewith, a celebration of the passionate and refined viola da gamba playing of Lucile Boulanger. I first came across Lucile's playing in a video performance of Orlando Gibbons' Fancy for Six Viols, playing treble viol: https://youtu.be/8Ue-9-By-6Q It's a beautiful performance by a superb group of musicians, all at the top of their game, using… Continue reading 5. Lucile! – now with Postscript
I believe sgabello is Italian for stool, at least Google Translate informs me so. Recently I've been swapping my gambas for a sgabello, purely as an experiment in holding the viol with the least amount of tension. In music, unnecessary tension is your enemy. I have tried every conceivable adjustment of angles between legs and… Continue reading 4. Viola da sgabello?
The art of decorating instruments of the extended viol family can be traced back at least to the 13th-century Cantigas de Santa Maria, though countered with a somewhat classical reserve during the English 17th century. There is a lot to be said of the beautiful aesthetics of a Jaye or a Rose, but sometimes the… Continue reading 3. Gesina Liedmeier – Artistic Luthier
[The above image has been taken from the publisher's website] Having a daily routine of exercises can be beneficial only if they cover the mechanics of instrument playing in a stimulating and well-ordered way. This book has become part of my early-morning "wake up and warm up" routine, along with the Complete And Progressive Method… Continue reading 2. Review: The New Bass Viol Technique
Hello, and thanks for tuning in. My name is Rob MacKillop, and I am based in Edinburgh. I've created this blog (of not so vile words) in order to help promote the viola da gamba, the artists involved, recordings, books, videos, etc, and also my own studies. There will be blog posts and also "fixed"… Continue reading 1. First Post