Friday September 30, 2016 at the Parish Hall of St. Mark’s Church, Berkeley
Carla Moore, violin; David Wilson, violin; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord and John Dornenburg, viola da gamba)
“Diversimodè Accordata: scordatura music of Heinrich Biber.”
Scordatura (tuning a stringed instrument in a non-standard way) changes the sound of the instrument, the way it’s played, and what the instrument is capable of doing. Biber, one of the foremost violinists of his day, produced a body of repertoire for scordatura violin of unparalleled power and beauty, a repertoire exemplified in his 1676 Rosary Sonatas—a sonata for each of the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary, each in a different tuning of the violin. The program features two of these sonatas, “The Visitation” and “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.”
What could be more awesome than sonatas for scordatura violin and continuo? Why, trio sonatas for TWO scordatura violins and continuo, of course! In 1696 Biber published a volume titled Harmonia Artificioso – Ariosa Diversimodè accordata (Artificial Harmony: Pieces in Various Tunings), seven suites for two stringed instruments (five for two violins, one for violin and viola, one for two violas d’amore), each suite in a different tuning. Three of these suites will be performed on the program.
Friday, September 30, 2016, 6.00 pm
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall,
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704
All tickets $15
18 and under admitted free and welcome.
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