Close Encounters: Re-Tuned

Close Encounters: Re-Tuned

Thu Nov 12, 2020 at 8pm EST Online
The sound of string players tuning their instruments often signals the beginning of a concert. What happens when you change up this familiar tuning?
Many baroque composers experimented with re-pitching some of the strings to draw different sounds and possibilities from the violin, a technique called scordatura. We explore one of the most popular of these re-tunings (AEAE), which offers a very open, resonant sound — evoking trumpets and vielles (medieval string instruments). We also say a quick hello to our fiddler cousins, who still turn to this tuning for some of their traditional tunes.
Geneviève Gilardeau curator
Geneviève Gilardeau & Cristina Zacharias violins
Felix Deak viola da gamba & cello
Lucas Harris theorbo & lute
Watch and listen to a sneak peek of the concert below.



H.I.F. von Biber

Partia III for 2 violins & continuo
Praeludium – Allemande – Amener – Balletto – Gigue – Ciacona



Robert Ridell, ed.

The Lea-Rig Sonata, from Collection of Scotch, Galwegian, and Border Tunes, 1794*
Andante – Largo – Vivace – Tempo di Gavotta – Giga – Presto

Giuseppe Tartini

Grave, from Sonata in A Major, op. 1, no. 13*

Michel Corrette

Rondeau – Adagio – Presto, from L’École d’Orphée, op. 18*

Pierre Ballard, ed.

FromTablature de luth de differens autheurs, sur les accords nouveaux (Paris, 1631)
Prélude (by P. Ballard) – Courante (by Chevalier)


From Margaret Board lute book (c.1635)
Half hannikan – Hemp and flax or tedro – Have at thei coate old woman – Saterday night –Canares

Simon Riopel

Valse des poêles

Francesco Maria Veracini

Scozzesse, from Sonata in A Major, op. 2, no. 9 (based on Scots tune “Tweedside”)*

Philipp Heinrich Erlebach

Sonata terza for violin, viola da gamba & continuo*
Adagio/Allegro/Lento – Allemande – Courante – Sarabande – Ciaconne – Finale: Adagio

*Premiere on the Tafelmusik stage

Concert run time: approximately 1 hour

Please note: single ticket purchasers will be able to re-access this concert for a full 48 hours after the original broadcast time. You can revisit your ticket link, contained in your confirmation email, to watch until November 14, 2020 at 7:59pm EST.