Period Instruments on TV!

Philip Gottling plays the rackett, forerunner of the bassoon.

Philip Gottling plays the rackett, forerunner of the bassoon.

You’ve probably noticed that in our publicity for the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 that we’ve called The Whole Noyse a “period brass ensemble.” And in our season brochure, we said that our upcoming Bach Mass in B Minor would be the first historically-informed performance of the work in Hawaii.

First of all, the use of “period instruments” refers to musical instruments which are either restored or replicas of instruments which were used in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries.  In earlier posts, I recounted Carl’s and my visit to the Cité de la Musique in Paris where we saw many historic musical instruments. In our Monteverdi performances, The Whole Noyse is using faithful reproductions of cornettos and sackbuts, forerunners of our modern trumpets and trombones. One of the facets of a “historically-informed” performance is the use of period instruments.

Two members of the Whole Noyse with their cornettos.

Two members of the Whole Noyse with their cornettos.

On this morning’s early TV show, Sunrise on Hawaii News Now (KGMB), anchor and classical music lover, Howard Dicus, had The Whole Noyse on the show, where you can hear the opening bars of the Monteverdi Vespers, as well as samples of the individual instruments. Click here to play the video clip. Carl’s on there, too!

In an earlier segment, Howard Dicus invited Richard Savino, theorbo, to demonstrate his instrument, which you can see by clicking here.

Connie Uejio plays the renaissance harp.

Connie Uejio plays the renaissance harp.

Katherine Crosier plays continuo organ.

Katherine Crosier plays continuo organ.

Dress Rehearsal at St. Theresa’s Co-Cathedral

About Katherine Crosier

In addition to playing the organ I am interested in documenting life's special moments through journaling, scrapbooking, photography and slideshow production. My family just groans.
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