sábado, 14 de enero de 2012

Mary Rose Fiddle

This is one of my interpretations of the rests of the instruments (fiddles) found in the Mary Rose.
As you know this is a warship that sunk on 1545 in the south of England. There they have found many objects, among them some musical instruments.

Just soundboards and back/ribs survive from the fiddles (along with a bow fragment). Bcak and ribs are carved from the same piece of wood, and would the neck too?? That´s something we do not know as they have not been found. That also means that we have no clue about the number of strings...

In this case we´ve decided to make a four string instrument with the neck integral with the rest of the body (back and ribs). Soundboard and back are flat as seem to be in the original (But it´s difficult to tell that about an object wich has been underwater for such a long time).

Fingerboard and bridge are curved so individual strings can be played, melody. Curve is not very big so its also confortable for double strings and drone playing. It is all strung in gut.

The bow is also based on the original. In this case just a piece around a foot long was found (from the nut side)

The instrument is availiable and if someone needed more information do not hesitate contacting.

jueves, 5 de enero de 2012

Treble vihuela de arco from Goldegg Castle

Live performance of Francesco Landini ballata by the Early Music Group 1500, from Galicia (Spain).
Playing among other instruments a treble Vihuela de arco

Interpretación de la ballata de Landini por el grupo Música Antiga 1500.
Entre otros instrumentos una Vihuela de arco soprano.

Landini ren ballata bat, Música Antiga 1500 galiziako taldeak jota.
Beste instrumentu batzuen artean Biguela soprano bat dago.