Hurdy gurdy Worshop in Bloomington, IN. USA
Dear Friends, Our last reminder about the Bloomington, IN hurdy gurdy workshop in April 20-22nd, with Robert Green, Juan Wijngaard and Tom Lozano. The deadline for subscription is April 9th, 2012. http://earlymusicinmotion.org/EMIM/Hurdy-Gurdy_Workshops.html Best, Tom Lozano
What's he building in there?
Blog following the progress of a hurdy-gurdy being constructed from scratch, from plans. More here.
Le Chateau d'Ars
Festival of traditional musics and folk dances, 13-15 July 2012 La Châtre, France Instrument-makers, concerts, folk dances and a unique atmosphere, the festival has become THE meeting place of traditional music in Europe. A unique show of instrument makers which welcomes 130 instrument makers from the whole world presenting and selling their instruments: bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, accordions, wind...
Lark Camp music library
The Lark Camp music festival publishes a set of traditional French tunes suitable for the hurdy-gurdy. You can download it here.
Over the Water - 2010 Dance Tunes
Over the Water Hurdy-gurdy festival is an annual week-long gathering of hurdy-gurdy players in September of each year in Washington state. As well as offering a fantastic event, they also publish the music for a standard set of bourrees, schottisches, valses and other tunes used as the basis for their jam sessions. You can download PDF or ABC versions of the tunes here.
A collection of traditional and modern tunes selected for the hurdy-gurdy as part of Ina Lemm’s resource site for her hurdy-gurdy tuition DVD. See here.
Richard Robinson’s Tunebook
A great collection of folk and traditional tunes from the UK and Europe. His collections include: Traditional tunes from Ireland, England, Scotland, Scandanavia, France and further afield S.E. European tunes N.W. England tunes Collections from old books and manuscripts, including: Aird’s Airs The Winder manuscripts Goulding and d’Almaine’s 24 Country Dances for 1826 William...
Tunes suitable for hurdy-gurdy
UK hurdy-gurdy luthier, Chris Allen, hosts a couple of collections of tunes for the hurdy-gurdy on his website here. These include 50 tunes collected by Graham Whyte (aka Jamie Hammond) and a collection of Ukraine and Lemko tunes for hurdy-gurdy from the Werner Icking Music archive.
18th Century hurdy-gurdy music
Richard Haynes Music Services are offering a series of 18th Century pieces for hurdy-gurdy that Richard has transcribed from original scores written on the French violin clef. He makes a nominal charge for the music, which is available for download from his website here. Pieces include: Baton op.3, Duet Sonata #5 Baton op.3, Duet Sonata #6 N.Chedeville, 6 Selected Pieces in C from Op.10
WaterPig hurdy-gurdy sheet music project
Barnaby Walters is hosting a sheet music database dedicated to the hurdy-gurdy. To find a tune, use the Search function (and if you don’t enter any particular search string it will return all the tunes in the database). Tunes are returned in abc notation (described in my previous posting) so you’ll need to use an application to render them as a score.
Dansons la Morvandelle (2nd ed)
British hurdy-gurdy maker, Mike Gilpin, has compiled a collection of 152 traditional French dance tunes from the Morvan region of France. This is available from his website here for £8.95 plus package and posting (worldwide shipping). Payment by UK cheque or PayPal.
Neil Brook’s resources
British hurdy-gurdy maker, Neil Brook, has a number of good music resources on his website. These include: An extensive list of tunes for the hurdy-gurdy in abc format Midi recordings of the tunes from the Massif Central Books 1 and 2 Suggestions for suitable Irish tunes for the hurdy-gurdy
Rather than duplicate existing bibliographies, I recommend readers take a look at some of the existing hurdy-gurdy bibliographies available online. In particular: Olympic Musical Instruments has an extensive list here Jon Hall describes some books here
ABC music resources
Much of the music available on the Internet is stored in “abc notation”. This format dates from the early 1990’s and is a way of representing complex musical scores using normal text characters - which can then easily be emailed or shown on a web page. ABC notation is not designed to be human readable, and so having downloaded the music you use software to convert the text into a conventional...
Chris Allen Symphonie
After a few months of waiting, my new Chris Allen Symphonie arrived this week. It’s a beautiful instrument and so I thought I’d post some photographs and provide some initial impressions. The Symphonie is modeled on the earliest form of hurdy-gurdy, the mediaeval symphonie, which was in use from the 12th Century onwards. Little is known about exactly how they were configured, but this model is...
Le maitres de la vielle baroque (RootsWorld)
RootsWorld have a nice review of the album, le maîtres de la vielle baroque(French Music for hurdy-gurdy) online. They say: Both tackling the hurdy-gurdy repertoire with extensive backgrounds in a variety of musical forms, Loibner and Delfino shed light on some of the gems of the baroque hurdy-gurdy on this album. The composers are hardly commonplace, but on listening to the selections recorded...