Diego Ortiz, Recercadas from the Trattado de Glosas
Tobias Hume, Songs of a Madman
Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, Le Pleurs
Robert Schumann, Traumerei
Johann Sebastian Bach, Menuet from the Suite in G major
Johannes Schenck, Largo pizzicato from L’Echo du Danube
Carl Friedrich Abel, Allegro in D Minor
An evening of music and anecdotes in which a rare three-hundred-year-old viola da gamba is showcased through an extraordinary repertory of solo literature from the 17th and 18th centuries. Made by Johann Gottfried Schmid in Leipzig, the instrument’s fascinating history is chronicled as it journeyed through time and around the world. With an important connection to the legendary Hoffmann dynasty of instrument makers, Johann Sebastian Bach and a 19th-century German ‘cellist; a wonderful story unfolds about music, instruments and their place in a changing world. Having survived centuries of use and escaping two world wars, it is a miraculous story full of amazing coincidences and unexpected circumstances. In a very personal and intimate program, this extraordinary 1713 treasure is brought to life through a captivating narrative with beautiful music spanning three centuries.