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Sunday, 10 February 2013


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Kirin Nielsen

This is a fantastic company with beautiful, intimate, intelligent productions, and a great deal of positive and optimistic feeling in the company. I'm sure the wonderful Craig Trompeter has a lot to do with this, as he is a superb musician and a lovely person with a great sense of humor. His colleagues are very talented and there is no jadedness here. I hope many of your readers will attend the performance.

One thing though, Mr. Patner: the gamba is not a precursor to the cello. The cello is more closely related to the violin (as is the viola), which the double bass is related to the viola da gamba. Look at the shape of the instrument front-on: the gamba "body" joins the fingerboard (neck) of the instrument with slopes (in other words, it has "sloping shoulders". The cello, violin, and viola are part of the violin family, and they have "square shoulders," referring to the shape of the top of the body as it joins the fingerboard.


Andrew  Patner

Thanks, Kirin! And right you are on all points re: Haymarket and Craig Trompeter. I hear you on the gamba, but the question here is much more complex than one of the family of shapes, etc. I might have condensed a bit in an article not directly about the subject, but I'll stand behind my general reference. The connections between sounds, the way the instruments are held and played, and the people who play them are there, too. I think we can agree, though, that it's terrific that the instrument ha made such a comeback and is again widely appreciated.

Thanks again for reading and writing!

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