I fell in love with this flute the first moment I saw and tried it: the G basset from Bob Marvin’s 8′ consort. Since it’s one note higher than the more common F basset, it is a bit smaller and far more agile. Its sound is beautiful: rich imposing low notes and high notes that can be soft or strong.
With Bob, March 2013
Bob only sells it within his big 8′ consort (10 flutes) which I can’t afford. However, I decided to write and convince him to sell me this basset as a solo flute, although I knew that was quite impossible. Just a few days later, an incredible coincidence happened: the Flanders Recorder Quartet put an announcement on the internet: they were selling their Marvin G basset separately, and I was the happy one to get it! That was last summer. As soon as I got the flute I sent it to Canada and asked Bob to make a new cap and fontanella, as well as to clean and revoice it. Two months ago, in his annual travel to Europe, he brought it back to me. It was made in 1985, 3 years before I was born, and it sounds just as fine as a new one! So, after almost a year of waiting:
‘Music does not express this or that particular and definite pleasure, this or that affliction, pain, sorrow, horror, gaiety, merriment, or peace of mind, but joy, pain, sorrow, horror, gaiety, merriment, peace of mind themselves, to a certain extent in the abstract, their essential nature, without any accessories, and therefore without the motives for them.’
— A. Schopenhauer, Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung
I just uploaded a new selection of early music transcriptions to my Music Scores page — four excellent pieces from different epochs:
De mi perdida esperança (facsimile)
De mi perdida esperança (transcription)
The earliest one is a polyphonic piece by Juan de Triana titled De mi perdida esperança from the Spanish manuscript Cancionero de la Colombina (possibly copied between 1460 and 1480).
Lyrics only appear in the upper voice. There are many options to interpret the piece, one singer, two singers, three singers, no singers, recorders, viols, lutes…
The Sonata duodecima a3, from Sonate Concertate, Libro Secondo, Venezia 1644, by Dario Castello shows the mastery of the Italian early baroque composer and instrumentalist. The tutti are majestic and powerful within the allegro parts, the homorhythmicadagios create coral effects (parlato) and the contrapuntaladagios are full of harmonic tensions. The soli of each instrument lead to great excitement through the free narration of melodies, accompanied by a basso continuo.
And finally the last piece, Sonata terza, from Troisieme livre de Sonatas, Pour la flûte traversiere, Avec la Basse, was composed by French flute virtuoso Michel Blavet (1700-1768). I’m normally not a huge fan of Galant music but this piece, written for transverse flute, I find very beautiful. The facsimile is easy to read, but I transcribed the piece and transposed it a 3rd up, in order to play it on the alto recorder instead of voiceflute or transverse flute… So this transcription is useful to recorder players only, but i’m also adding the Finale files so you can transpose it back up if you wish so.
Enjoy & come back for new music scores next month!
For more information on why & how I’m doing the transcriptions click here.
I’m transcribing early music pieces from the (sometimes) difficult to read original facsimiles into modern notation scores. It’s a work I find really interesting and highly satisfactory, for I get to know music that is rarely played and it helps me absorbing the musical styles — I’m still (and always will be) a student.
So… I started thinking that it doesn’t make much sense to keep all these scores for myself in my computer’s hard drive. I believe we should share our work and knowledge in order to have a vivid early music community and raise public awareness about the beauty and value of this music — the internet can make it possible!
About the transcriptions
I’m being very careful with sticking to the original music as much as possible:
Changes are only made when there is an evident mistake in the original score
Note values are not reduced, they are maintained in their original values
I’m spending many hours a day practicing the recorder and working on the music editing is an extra — but pleasant — effort. One of my goals for this year 2013 is to rise enough money to buy both a Voice flute by the great recorder maker Ernst Meyer and a Ganassi alto by fabulous recorder maker Bob Marvin.
So if you are enjoying my free music scores — please consider donating any amount you like and help me reach that goal!