Wednesday Series

The origin & splendour of the viola da gamba

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These four concerts take us on a journey through the history of the viola da gamba, so-called because of the way in which it is played, held between the gambas (legs in Italian). The series begins with consorts, typical of sixteenth-century England, moving on to its period of splendour (especially in France) during the seventeenth century and its decline at the end of the eighteenth century. Unlike the tentative revival of the harpsichord that took place during the early-twentieth century, little effort has been made to provide the viola da gamba with new repertory. This historical outlook is also combined with the ensembles that were more common at the time: as a solo instrument, duo, accompanied by the harpsichord or the viol family.


Concerts in this series