A couple of decades ago I recorded a CD of the Twelve Divertimentis for Guittar by James Oswald, on an original "guittar" from c.1765. The guittar was an 18th-century cittern with four double courses and two single-course basses, all wire strings. The repertoire for the guittar was a mixture of traditional music and classical works,… Continue reading 11. Sultana, anyone?
Seven string bass after Michel Collichon 69cm string length with carved lions head, made by Anthony Edge at West Dean in 1999. Figured maple back and sides, spruce top, ebony fingerboard. Bow made by Roger Rose for this viol. Anthony now lives in Penicuik near Edinburgh. Small theorbo by Jiri Cepelak. 11 July… Continue reading 7. My Bass Viol – UPDATED
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