Thursday, February 14, 2008

A cello at half time?

The Baroque cello would fit in the overhead bin:
In 2004, Kuijken commissioned a luthier to make him a viola da spalla, based on museum instruments. It's adorable: a pint-sized cello, or a large, tubby viola. A strap holds it around the neck - perfect for street musicians. It's tuned to the same pitches as a cello; when Kuijken played the opening of a Bach cello suite on it, the sound was lovely: sweet and round.


Dmitry Badiarov said...

Thanks for the post. I heard him playing the instrument many. Everything one might wish from a fine cello playing was there. He is coming here to play in June.

Jeane Goforth said...

Wow. In June? When and where?