This course will move the hurdy gurdy out of its common musical context, such as Early Music and Western European folk styles, and apply it to music of Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and other countries of the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean. We will focus on ornamentation, phrasing, and rhythmic elements, adding regional expression to common hurdy gurdy techniques and style. We will also look at some modes of the region.
This course is for hurdy gurdy players who are already comfortable on their instruments and wish to expand their stylistic field and enrich their sound.
The ideal tuning for the course is: chanters strings in G and D, drones in D, C, A, and G, and trompettes in D, A and G. Although not essential, basic knowledge of music theory and reading is recommended.