July 2008 edition

Luigi BocceriniOur program (12 minutes and 22 seconds) features Luigi Boccherini’s “La Tirana Spagnola”.  Boccherini (1743-1805) was an early classical era composer and cellist from Italy, whose music retained a courtly galante style while he matured somewhat apart from the major European musical centers. As a young man, Boccherini was recruited to a post in Madrid where he had great success and spent almost the entirety of his career. This work carries the subtitle, “La Tirana Spagnola” because of the recurring motive at the beginning which imitates a small tambourine evoking the “Tirana” – a Spanish dance performed with a tambourine.

This performance by Ars Antigua features members of the Mirabel period instrument string quartet with Jerry Fuller, double bass. June 2008 edition

picture-2.pngOur program (11 minutes and 22 seconds) features music of the Scottish baroque:

This performance by Ars Antigua directed by Jerry Fuller, features William Bauer, renaissance and baroque violins; Jeff Noonanlutes and theorbo; and Henry Claude, tabor. In the early seventeenth century the bagpipe was declared too loud to be kept inside the castles and manor houses of the Scottish lowlands. The violin became the dominant indoor instrument and because the violin is tuned in fifths, it began to share the traditional bagpipe repertoire. The Lament was meant for a 16th century funeral procession, but in typical Scots’ fashion, can’t seem to remain somber for long.