'Extending from the Inside' @ Wigmore Hall
Friday, July 5, 2019
6 Wigmore St, Marylebone
London W1U 2BP
Elizabeth Kenny will play my 'Extending from the inside' as part of her recital Wigmore Hall. Here's the blurb:
Late sixteenth-century musicians and poets spent much time attempting to re-make contemporary culture in the image of the Ancients: the intellectual-sounding chitarrone was one of the more unlikely fruits of this movement. But with its long second neck and eccentric tuning it soon acquired a reputation for comedy, and was nicknamed tiorba, (an old man’s hurdy gurdy), and in England, ”theorbo”. Player-composers explored experimental harmonies and, flowing tunes underpinned by its deep bass strings. Today’s composers are taking the instrument into new imaginative terrain, exploring its twin identities.