Viola da Gamba – today’s sight-reading…
April 22, 2009
Very rushed, plucked/bowed on the small bass and will upgrade to the B7 tomorrow. Considerable work still to be done on fingering and bowing, but…:
Ward, Air no.6 in d for 2 bass viol
Withy, Air no.1 for 2 bass viol
Anon. La Jeune Fillette for 2 bass viols – need to review the Du Caurroy fantasia to develop some variations – it’s all over in a flash!
Daniel Demoivre (1704), Suite in e for bass recorder: Allemande. Rewritten for bass viol – busy Italiante feel in the unusual key for viols, E minor.
Marin Marais, Book IV, Idee grotesque (42) – one of Marais Top 10 (see below)
Roland Marais, Book 2, 1738 – Rondeau Le Barrengue – There’s something quite bizarre about Roland’s feel for melody and there’s something iconoclastic about his sense of rhythm. It’s Marais snr “dislocated” and I like it!
Marin Marais, Book IV, La Biscayenne – another of my Marais Top 10, inspired by the Charivari Agreable recording…
Marin Marais, Book V, Menuets 99 and 100 – still more of my Marais Top 10, inspired by the exceptional playing of Jordi Savall. Sure, they’re over in a flash but
Naudot, Sonata en trio in d, op.2 no.6 – 3rd movt, Lentement. Seems to want to go faster than a slow movement; some chromaticism in the bass line which I guess must give the whole thing some spark.
My Marais Top 10
As an amateur (even one with a French 7-string basse de viole), it’s completely prententious of me to think I can Play Marais. But among the Top 10 Marais which I hope to play properly one day (and thrash about with in the meantime), see the following (in no particular order): La Biscayenne, Rondeau Le Bijou, Book 4 – Idee Grotesque, Menuets 99 and 100 in Book 5. I rely heavily on recordings to ‘make sense’ of the ensemble feel – one’s aware of the contribution a b.c. viol and theorbo chugging along in the bass would make especially when playing the longer notes across barlines…