“One of the most brilliant and poetic of the instrument’s current exponents.”
The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the renowned viola da gamba player Paolo Pandolfo and the Norwegian lutenist Thomas Boysen on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3 pm. The program, called La Viole Luthée, features viol-lute conversations from Renaissance improvisations to works by Jean de St. Colombe and Marin Marais. The two composers were both virtuoso viol players; St. Colombe is credited with inventing new left-hand techniques and adding a seventh string to the bass viol. Together, they represent the culmination of the viola da gamba as a solo instrument during the age of Louis XIV.
Pandolfo, one of today’s foremost players of the viola da gamba, returns to the Collection with Boysen, who will play theorbo (a long-necked relative of the lute) and baroque guitar. The duo will open the program with three Renaissance-style improvisations structured on pre-existing forms. Next comes a work from the Panmure Manuscript, a Parisian collection of lute music: St. Colombe’s Prelude and Chaconne in D minor. The first half closes with four pieces (Musette, La Georgienne, Plainte, La Guitarre) by Marin Marais from his Pieces de Viole, Books III and V.
Both composers lived in the same part of Paris, and after Colombe’s death, Marais memorialized him in Le Tombeau pour Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe (published in the second book of his Pièces de Viol). The concert concludes with St. Colombe’s Prélude, Chansonette, and Chaconne in C major, also from the Panmure Manuscript.