17th session: Thursday 16th June

Much of this session was spent assembling our new piece Barograf to be presented at the final concert of our residency on Friday 24th. I took a set of charts of barometric readings from the harbour and converted them into musical material – namely a set of superimposable rhythms and a compatible melody and harmony. The sketches needed a fair bit of workshopping but with the generous contributions of my colleagues it began to take shape. Our 17th-century selves were delighted to be experimenting with techniques like palm-brushing the guitar, and col legno (using the stick of the bow) both tratto (bowing with the wood) and battuto (hitting the strings with it).

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The programme for this concert has a predominantly French theme and had been entitled “Vive la Difference”. The title refers to our celebration both of the variety of musics encountered on our 500-year survey and also of the revelations achieved by using our “old” instruments in the performance of more recent repertoire.
The French content will span 5 centuries and include pieces by Robert deVisée, Hector Berlioz, Erik Satie and 2 Renaissance Chansons sung by special guest Caroline Moreau. There will also be a set celebrating lutenist John Dowland (believed to have been from Dalkey) featuring Eamon on the lute of course.

  • Malachy 17/6/16
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