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Jordi Savall, Viol

**Please note that the original time of this performance has changed from 7 PM to 3 PM in order to accomodate the start of the Super Bowl.**

Jordi Savall, one of the world’s most illustrious performers of early music, is famed for the depth of feeling and exquisite technique he brings to the seven-string bass viol, the cello-like renaissance instrument that mirrors the human voice. Savall plays a special solo program at Duke’s acoustically flawless Baldwin Auditorium, an ideal fit for the musician about whom the Guardian raved: “the finesse of his almost whispered tone creates a dazzling intimacy.”

Composers who were also viol virtuosos wrote some of the outstanding music of the baroque era. The first half of Savall’s Duke Performances program features two such dazzling composers, Marin Marais and Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, and also encompasses a more commonly known master of the baroque, J.S. Bach. In the second half of the program, Savall contrasts the graceful singing melodies favored by viol players in France with the harmonic richness favored in the British Isles. Come and hear a rare solo concert by this exceptional artist whose musical career the New York Times described as “not simply a matter of revival, but of imaginative reanimation.”


Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, le fils: Prélude en mi – Chaconne
Marin Marais: Marche Persane; Sarabande à l’Espagnole; L’Ameriquaine; Musette & Tambourin
Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, le fils: Fantaisie en Rondeau
Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, le père: Les Pleurs
J. S. Bach & improvisations: Bourrée II
M. Marais: Muzettes I – II (in G)
Monsieur de Machy: Prélude
M. Marais: Les Voix Humaines, Muzettes I-II, La Sautillante
Tobias Hume: A Souldier’s March; Captaine Hume’s Pavin; A Souldiers Galliard; Loves Farewell; Harke, Harke; Goode Againe; A Souldiers Resolution
Anonymous: The Hills of Ireland
Irish Traditional: The Cup of Tea; The Rocky Road to Dublin; The Kid on the Mountain Morrison’s Jig
Dan R. MacDonald: Abergeldie Castle Strathspey
Scottish Traditional: Regents Rant; The Sword Dance; Lord Moira; Lord Moira’s Hornpipe

  • Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 3:00pm
Baldwin Auditorium