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Calling the Muse: Old & New Pieces for Theorbo / Helstroffer


Release Date: 08/24/2018 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 391  
Composer:  Alessandro PiccininiBruno HelstrofferGiovanni KapsbergerBellerofonte Castaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bruno Helstroffer writes of his new release: “It’s a logbook, the one I’ve never really kept. My years of blues/rock and early music mingle here; the thousands of kilometers travelled with that theorbo of mine, the cities and the countryside, the railways, the skies, the scents, the lights; but above all, the music of the people. ‘Partite variate sopra quest’aria francese detta l’alemana’ is a tablature by Piccinini of an aria also called La Monica. In North America in the late nineteenth century, railroad hoboes carved their vagabond pseudonym along the tracks, which they called their ‘moniker’… ‘Corrente VI sopra l’alemana,’ by the same composer, is the energetic counterpart to the noble and meditative allemande. ‘Like a Belfry’ is taken Read more from a dream... Rosemary Standley has set her words to the melody and sings them. J. H. Kapsberger’s ‘Toccata nona’ is associated here with Perivoli Blue. Perivoli is a village in the south of the island of Corfu. ‘Thanks Toumani’ expresses my fascination with Mandingo music. Bellerofonte Castaldi’s ‘Arpeggiata a mio modo’ was one of my first challenges on the theorbo. Erik Satie’s ‘Gnossienne no.1’ arrived under my fingers without warning and made a place for itself here by fitting in so naturally that I couldn’t say no to it. This is the piece chosen by my photographer friend Richard Dumas to make the video clip of the album. With Kapsberger’s ‘Bergamasca,’ a dance from Bergamo in Italy, the theorbo becomes a festive and agile instrument. ‘A Tea with Bach’ is an arrangement of the Minuet from Bach’s Cello Suite no.1. The ‘Toccata Undicesima’ serves as the introduction to an improvisation: Vos luths. And invokes India.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1: Partite sopra quest'aria francese detta l'Alemana by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
2.
Intavolatura di liuto et di chitarrone, Book 1: Corrente no 6 "Sopra l'Alemana" by Alessandro Piccinini
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
3.
Comme un beffroi by Bruno Helstroffer
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: France 
4.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Toccata no 9 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
5.
Perivoli Blue by Bruno Helstroffer
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: France 
6.
Thanks Toumani by Bruno Helstroffer
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: France 
7.
Arpegiata a mio modo by Bellerofonte Castaldi
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
8.
Gnossienne No. 1 by Erik Satie
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1890; France 
9.
Libro IV d'intavolatura di chitarrone: Bergamasca by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
10.
Dans la chambre de mon théorbe by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
11.
CLAN by Bruno Helstroffer
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: France 
12.
A Tea with Bach by Bruno Helstroffer
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: France 
13.
Toccata for chitarrone No. 11 by Giovanni Kapsberger
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
14.
Vos luths by Bruno Helstroffer
Performer:  Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: France 

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