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Re: CHAT: Early Music (was: Re: Subject: Re: My Conlanging History)

From:Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Date:Sunday, December 21, 2003, 16:12
--- Caleb Hines <cph9fa@...> wrote:

> The number of keys depends on the maker or > company that builds the > recorder. Bass recorders usually do have a few > keys down at the bottom, > (I've even seen some Tenors with a key), but > most of the keys are left of. > I forget exactly how many keys this particular > GB has. There are at least a > few at the bottom, probably more than a normal > Bass. But IIRC, most of the > wholes are left open. Also, its probably _at > least_ 6 in (15 cm) in > diameter, so just wraping your hand around the > thing is a chalange!
That big! Wow. I guess that would take a bit of air, since it's one big pipe through there. The g-b rackett is about that big around, but has a complex maze of tubing inside that never gets larger than about 3/4 of an inch in diameter.
> > Any cornetts in your group? > > Not that play with us, though I think someone > did build one from a kit. It > would be cool though. Also, not everything we > do is Early Music. We once > did a Sousa march arranged for 7 part (I think) > recorder "orchestra."
> > > anything technical (though that never > stopped > > > me from composing for violin!) > > > > Violin is something I never took a liking to. > > Fiddle is ok. How about hurdy gurdy? That > aint > > too technical (well, not if you don't add all > the > > doodads), and was a popular instrument in the > > day. > > AFAICT, the hurdy gurdy was a folk instrument > -- there wasn't a whole lot > of published music for it, though I think > Telemann did some stuff with it.
It was actually quite the court insturment for a good long while. A number of composers wrote for it (though can't dredge a name up at the moment). Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Bach - everyone wrote for it; though probably under the name "viele".
> But I haven't. I know almost nothing about the > instrument.
It's basically a keyed violin that you crank and it has got some drones. Smaller, medieval insturments tend to be diatonic with two drones, while later instruments are chromatic and sometimes have small organs built into them and of course they have more drones that can be engaged at will. Larger instruments have different kinds of drones (different tone qualities) and a buzzing bridge that adds a percussive accompaniment. Range doesn't exceed about two octaves; smaller instruments have about 1.5 octaves.
> BTW, I posted a picture of a Great Bass > Recorder from an outdoor > performance that a few of us Recorder Society > members did in costume at a > Renaissance Fair a while back.
JM&J! - that is a whopping log. I'd only ever seen the Pretorius woodcuts of such a monster, but never one in the flesh as it were. Padraic. ===== la cieurgeourea provoer mal trasfu ast meiyoer ke 'l andrext ben trasfu. -- Ill Bethisad -- <> Come visit The World! -- <> .