Eccles, S: Divisions upon a ground
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The Art of Diminution in England in the 17th century
Musicke & mirth: Jane Achtman & Irene Klein (viola da gamba and lyra viol), Amandine Beyer (violin) & Johannes Strobl (virginal and organ)
”Division-Musick“ is a term used by Christopher Simpson during the 17th century to describe a typically English improvisatory style of diminution. Musicians generally used short bass melodies called grounds as the basis for intricate and virtuoso diminutions, beginning with simple and slow melodies over a bass melody, and ending with very fast and virtuosic diminutions after a varying number of repetitions of the melody.
Both singers and instrumentalists practiced this art of diminution, but the preferred instrument for divisions was the so-called ”division viol“.
This CD aims to give some audible insight into English virtuosity in the Baroque era.
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La Fontegara Amsterdam [Saskia Coolen, Peter Holtslag and Han Tol (recorders)]
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