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Saltarello


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VicDiesel

 Genre: Renaissance

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A renaissance dance (British Library manuscript Additional 22987), played on my new Rauschpfeif, one recorder, and synthesized backing.

Anyone who is not a total music geek, stop reading here.....

Formally, this is an Estampie (or Estampita, since it's Italian): a number of puncta (4 in this case) that get repeated, so AA,BB, CC, DD. Every punctum (?) has the same first and second ending, so it's really AXAY BXBY CXCY DXDY. So you can actually improvise this: every player improvises, others join in for the X ending, the player repeats (!!!) his improvisation, everyone joins in for the Y ending. I'll do an improvised Estampie some other time; this one is written out, so the recorder joins in on the whole BB and DD part.
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Uploaded: Oct 22, 2010 - 01:36:07 PM
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2010 - 08:24:42 PM Last Played: Mar 20, 2017 - 01:29:48 AM
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Char said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
I think
you brought the 14th century into the spotlight. i suppose people danced to this. Very nice. You are a master. Thanks.
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composerclark said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
Love it
This is very fine! Got me jumping, as befits the name. I think it's just wonderful that you record and arrange early music and share it with the rest of us... Most enjoyable!
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magnatone said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
Saltarello
WOWZA!!! pretty impossible to sit still for this one Vic! I'm not too sure what a Rauschpfeif is, but i'm guessing you blow through it and fingering is a bitch (for the mortal that is). Great work - thanks!
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VicDiesel said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
Blowing sucks!
This instrument takes enormous pressure. If you would blow like on a recorder, you'd get zero sound. And after a minute your lips start hurting and you leak air..... I need to train for this instrument!

Btw, this thing is also loud! Probably comparable to a trumpet. I image it was great for old school parties....
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magnatone said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
"blowing sucks"
LOL!!!
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RochaMalhada said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
man -
this thing has an almost clandestine vibe to it (in a good way) - where's the monkey and the music box?

Great to see you pick up yet another wind and work to master it. Double wooden reed!?

Got tickled lips?

. - Harold
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VicDiesel said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
Rauschpfeif
Yep, double reed. It's actually "capped reed": there is a chamber around the reed that you blow into, so you need to build up lots of pressure before that chamber activates the reed. It's a weird design that's not used in any modern instruments (that I know of), though my chinese hulusi is based on the same idea.
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rabittwhole said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
ok
so next meet we play this in my living room . very cool track Victor.
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kristyjo said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
Makes my husband's bassoon seem positively modern
I do love the sound, though. Like if you don't get up and dance, you might explode, or something.
I like your explanation of the form, too. I'm looking forward to the improvised estampie.
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VicDiesel said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
modern
Oh, yes, in the days that my instrument was used, your husband's bassoon was called dulcian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dulcian).

Thanks for commenting!
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Vic Holman said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
now that.......
..... is one heck of a different sounding instrument.

you bring out some pretty cool & different instruments now and then.

great tune Vic
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SmokeyVW said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
fun
i really enjoyed this

thanks
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Dragonas said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
Great playing!
Vic,
I love the tone of your Rauschpfeif.
It sounds you have a quite a collection of awesome and old instruments.
Awesome performance, can't wait to hear more.
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Corporal Beef said 2525 days ago (October 22nd, 2010)
This Blows!
In the best way possible. I really enjoyed this, thanks for posting.
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alackbass said 2525 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Saltarello
The Rauschpfeif has quite an interesting sound. It sounds like a double reed instrument (is it). I like the authentic sounding percussion a lot.
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dave_b said 2525 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Saltarello
I know nothing about this genre but this piece has a nice energy and is well-played
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DWL said 2524 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Eclectic work Mr Diesel
This is why I love this site. From Fasteddie's thrash metal to this in 2 clicks!

Fantastic work. Sounds almost like a crumhorn

Cheers

Dick
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VicDiesel said 2524 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Krumhorn
Very good observation. They are both capped reeds, so there are large similarities. However, this one has a conical bore, which means it's higher and (much!) louder.

And I agree: the range of music on MJ is astounding. You could never get such a community together if you tried deliberately.
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RAVENS said 2524 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Very Pretty
It reminds me of the music I hear when I go to the yearly Renaissance Festival. Great playing!

RAVEN ;-)
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Symphony101 said 2524 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Makes me feel
like dancing :-)
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michaeljayklein said 2524 days ago (October 23rd, 2010)
Beautiful work....
in your always customary fashion Vic--this is like a multi-faceted gem: such precision that you have to marvel at it. Thanks again!
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Hickling_Stan said 2524 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
DWL
said it all. The variety of stuff you get to hear on MJ makes most radio listening totaly redundant. Thanks for broadening my musical horizons again just a little bit! Cheers Mark
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falcef said 2524 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
salterello
medieval music salterello estampida lament ecc. very nice estude medieval music trobadoric ok.
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RosaLinda said 2524 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
Lovely!
I am big smiling over here!:):) Dance mood def and I liked alot!:)
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Jarvoid said 2524 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
So ....a Rauschpfeif eh?
Has a very baroque sound to it,puts me in mind of a baroque instrument a buddy of mine had at boarding school........it was a replica baroque instrument ,had acurve to the right,slightly shorter than a clarinet,holes in the top to stop like a recorder ,strangest of all the thing had a seperate trumpet style mouthpiece...so it had an incredibley different sound....very similar to your Rauschpfeif.

I have an image of you standing like Ian Anderson in a Jethro Tull one legged pose and then leaping off in the sheer joy of the exuberance of the dance......ahhhh me.....fetch me pills ! Great tune ,loved it.


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VicDiesel said 2523 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
I'm guessing a cornetto
I'll work on my dance moves. Next tune will have a video with it :-)
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Ed Hannifin said 2523 days ago (October 24th, 2010)
Another weird time...
...when I've got a version of this kicking around here, too... I think on 'Lady & The Unicorn'....

Nicely recorded, Vic.... Got that Renaissance version of a barn dance feel... Certainly feels like it should be danced to...

Ibstrat said 2522 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
I love
renaissance music- this is great really authentic sounding. There is a Saltarello supposedly written by Gallilei (Father of Gallileo)that lots of guitarists play... your playing in this style is quite wonderful.
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jiguma said 2522 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
Victor
So, they clearly had a lot of fun back in the 16th century. I love the sound of the rauschpfeife - it reminds me of an instrument I heard a lot of in a celtic festival near Paris last year. Henry VIII was apparenty quite the rauschpfeife player.
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tf10music said 2522 days ago (October 25th, 2010)
I really
like this. i plan on working with this song in repeat tonight. Very laid back, and the backing tracks give it a lulling body. This is really enjoyable, thanks for uploading it.
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Warren Smith said 2521 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
Who knew?
Who knew these were still available? Just where does one buy a Rauschfeif? Mail order? EBay? It doesn't sound like it's something the corner American music store would stock in inventory : )

Not that I knew what it was. But as others have pointed out in this thread, one of the benefits of being a member of this musical community is getting an exposure to a wide variety of music, which is both fun and educational. I assume "feif" and "fife" share a common root.

Likewise, I was unfamiliar with the formal structure of the Renaissance estampita. However, not knowing, I have played around with similar stuctures - most recently, something that was AXAX BXBX CXCX, etc., through a series of nine or ten variations.

One of the joys of composition (for me anyway) is exploring the trade-off between structure and variation. That X&Y concept piques my creative curiosity.
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VicDiesel said 2521 days ago (October 26th, 2010)
Hard to get
For as far as I was able to find out, only one company makes Rauschpfeife, and they stopped making them, so mine came from the one store that bought the remaining inventory. Otherwise, there are probably some small makers. So: very hard to find and buy one.

Yes, you're right, looking into different structural principles is very illuminating.
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magnatone said 2521 days ago (October 27th, 2010)
COOL PHOTO VIC!!!
thanks for posting it! (you're so cute!)
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mvh9591 said 2519 days ago (October 28th, 2010)
Nice___
My foot was a tappin... Nice job Vic. That is an interesting instrument that sounds like (from reading a little about it) it could be a bit difficult to play. You sure make it sound easy though.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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alfredthepelican said 2516 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Hi Vic
Wow lovely to hear that old instrument, but it does look like murder to play (lol). I have this John Renbourne and other people version on mp3 where they do it so it sounds like something celtic but now I know what it actually is- as I have downloaded your excellent version.
Cheers
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drakonis said 2516 days ago (November 1st, 2010)
Double your pleasure, double your reeds!
Although relatively simple tune, this really gets my feet Estamping... I adore the tune and as always, your playing is impeccable. The Rauschpfeif sounds like a double-reed (now I have to go look this up!) but it has a richer sound than an oboe. Your accompaniment is perfectly light, and the whole thing is very cleanly recorded and mixed. I wouldn't mind another piece like this.
ttfn,
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In past lives, VicDiesel was a country fiddler, a shawm player at the Burgundy court, bellows pumper for JS Bach, Geoff Emerick's factotum, and a beggar playing drums in the streets of Calcutta for alms. Unusually, the memories of all that co... [see more]

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