OCS presents a lecture by Professor Marc Vansheeuwijck on “CELLO STORIES” "New Perspectives on the Violoncello in the Baroque Era” Sunday May 14th at 4 pm Portland State Lincoln Hall 225. OCS members: $5 non-members: $15 Refreshments and meet and greet after Masterclass
The "Baroque cello,"so often used today is actually a “compromise” instrument that emerged in the second half of the 18th century, and is in fact more correctly a "Classical cello.” Indeed, recent research has shown that in the Baroque era (1580s-1720s), the bass of the violin family was not one single instrument, tuned, strung, and played in one single way, but a rather vast array of sizes of instruments, with 4, 5 or even 6 strings, tuned in fifths and fourths, and played in an amazingly large variety of ways. In this lecture I will present iconography, instruments, and documents that demonstrate the incredible diversity of such bass instruments in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
Marc Vanscheeuwijck is a Belgian baroque cellist and a professor of musicology at the University of Oregon, where he is currently chair of the Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Historical Performance Practice area. He teaches music history courses in the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, Performance Practice, Baroque Cello, and he co-directs the Collegium Musicum ensemble, which specializes in early music. His research focuses on late 17th-century music in Bologna and on the history and repertoire of cellos and bass violins. He has written several articles for Performance Practice Review, Early Music, and elsewhere, and he has published various critical facsimiles of Bolognese 17th-century cello music (Gabrielli, Jacchini, Degli Antoinii). His first book titled The Cappella Musicale of San Petronio in Bologna under Giovanni Paolo Colonna (1674-1695): History-Organization-Repertoire was published in 2003 by the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome. Recently, he co-edited a volume of studies on Corelli, titled Arcomelo 2013 (Lucca: LIM, 2015), and published a book with 5 CDs with Bruno Cocset and les Basses Réunies, Cello Stories. The Cello in the 17th and 18th Centuries for Outhere (Alpha 890) in Paris.
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