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Feb 7, 2019

My Instrument: Homeless, my foster fiddle

Thomas Georgi, vioin/viola. Photo by Sian Richards

By Thomas Georgi, violinist/violist (and sometimes viola d'amorist)

Choosing a new violin/viola/cello/bass is not easy. Even for players with extensive experience, quality of tone, projection, and ease of response are hard to assess with confidence.

Dec 15, 2018

My Instrument: Patrick Jordan and his 300 year-old Viennese co-conspirator

Patrick G. Jordan, viola. Photo by Sian Richards.I am particularly interested in the music of the middle to end of the eighteenth century, which is the period that sees the end of what we call the baroque, a flowering of what many refer to as the galant style, and the beginning of the classical era. I have the great good fortune to play a viola that couldn’t be better suited to that repertoire.

Oct 29, 2018

My Instrument with David Blackadder, trumpet

In our upcoming holiday concert, Sound the Trumpet!, David Blackadder makes his Tafelmusik debut, performing music by Fasch, J.S. Bach and more.

BDavid Blackadder, trumpet. Photo by Boyd Gilmoury David Blackadder

Sep 14, 2018

My Instrument with Dominic Teresi, bassoonist

Dominic Teresi with his bassoon. Photo by Sian Richards.

In our upcoming 2018/19 season opening concert, Mozart 40, Dominic Teresi will be featured as soloist, performing Mozart's Concerto for bassoon in B-flat Major. 

Nov 1, 2017

Mozart's Piano: The Fortepiano

The piano used in our performances of Mozart's Piano by fortepiano virtuoso Kristian Bezuidenhout was made by Thomas and Barbara Wolf in 1997 in The Plains, Virginia, outside Washington, DC. It is modelled on the work of the eighteenth-century Viennese maker Anton Walter, and has a keyboard range of just over five octaves (from FF to g'''). Knee levers are used to raise the dampers, and a hand stop operates the moderator (a piece of cloth that slides into place between the hammers and strings to produce a muted effect). Veneered in curly cherry, the case is primarily of spruce.

Sep 20, 2017

View from the Horn Section

By Andrew Clark, horn

Andrew Clark, horn Andrew Clark, horn