Catacoustic on CD
Allow yourself to be transported to the world of Renaissance jazz through the practice of the 16th-century improvisation and diminution. Many people associate jazz with the birth of creative free form improvisation in music. Actually, this was happening hundreds of years ago with instrumentalists and singers alike, where the musician and composer were partners in musical creation. Due to the extreme difficulty of the instrument and this repertory, there are currently no solo recordings available of this repertory on the treble viol. Experience this one-of-a-kind, unique experience in music by ordering the CD now. Only $15.00 plus shipping!*
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Annalisa Pappano, Treble viola da gamba
Ronn McFarlane, Lute Improvisation
For the first time, you can experience the astonishing virtuosity of Ronn McFarlane and Annalisa Pappano as they re-create together this amazing and important style of performance.
In the 16th-century, the composer provided a framework, a musical skeleton with clues that were idiomatic to a shared artistic language. The musician knew when and where to add accidentals (ficta). The performer also had an understanding of text underlay. Instrumentation was up to the performer as well. Dynamics (loud and soft), articulations (smooth and soft notes), and other musical decisions were also left to the performer. Most importantly, musicians improvised by adding musical material.
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