William Byrd: In Nomine à 4 (No. 1), The Voice of the Viol 4K UHD

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The viola da gamba consort of Voices of Music, The Voice of the Viol, performs William Byrd’s numinous setting of the “In Nomine” tune at a concert in the historic Ansel Adams house in San Francisco; filmed in 4K, ultra high definition video.
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Q. What are period instruments or original instruments; how are they different from modern instruments?
A. As instruments became modernized in the 19th century, builders and players tended to focus on the volume of sound and the stability of tuning. Modern steel strings replaced the older materials, and instruments were often machine made. Historical instruments, built individually by hand and with overall lighter construction, have extremely complex overtones—which we find delightful. Modern instruments are of course perfectly suited to more modern music.
Q. Why is the pitch lower, or higher?
A. Early Music performance uses many different pitches, and these pitches create different tone colors on the instruments. See https://goo.gl/pVBNAC
The In Nomine tune derives from the plainchant “Gloria Tibi Trinitas,” after an early and highly influential setting by the English composer John Taverner; all of the important English composers from Tallis to Purcell composed settings based on the tune, which is usually presented in the form of a cantus firmus, or long, even notes.
Voices of Music now has 43 videos featuring the viola da gamba, you can view the entire playlist here: https://goo.gl/z2ZnMZ
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The Voice of the Viol, Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, director
Joanna Blendulf, treble viol
Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, tenor viol
Farley Pearce, bass viol
Elisabeth Reed, bass viol

Special thanks to Peter Winkelstein, Toby & Marie Szuts. The artwork that appears in this video is by Barbara Winkelstein.


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