BYU-Idaho music students performed in the University Baroque Ensemble March 12.
Music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Six kinds of violin string instruments were used along with a harpsichord, which is a modern version of an organ. They used Baroque violins which have a slim neck, like Viola da Gamba (a string instrument held at the leg), Violoncello, Violone, and Theorbo, according to musiced.about.com.
Robert Tueller, the director of the Orchestra program, has been playing for 20 years and has been teaching for 11. He said he picks a selection of songs, he sees as authentic in his opinion. When choosing songs he makes sure his students are OK with the selections. He makes the songs fit with the students’ playing styles for performances.
Mariah Gerber, a freshman majoring in generals studies, said she thought the show was really good.
“I liked the first song, ‘Sinfonia II,’ because of the melody. And it sounded cool,” Gerber said.
The students had been practicing the songs they performed since the beginning of the semester.
Emily Dixon, a sophomore studying violin, was one of the performers. She practices by herself for two weeks and then practices with the class. She said she has been playing for 13 years.
“My favorite song was the second song ‘Sonata ‘a5’ because it was fun to play,” Dixon said.
Tueller also performed with the students. He played the violone. He said he thinks of it as a new way of conducting and having fun.
“It’s such a unique experience for me and my students to perform that they can’t get in other places,” Tueller said.
“Baroque music instruments give off a more ‘stylistic’ sounds that are tied in with embellishment on the notes along with a good tempo,” according to the performance program.
The instruments used in the performance were fashioned from the instruments in the 17th and 18th centuries.
They are many types of violins but the main difference between with Baroque violins is that they have a more flattering neck and bridge angle to relieve tension on the strings.
Some the artists including Thomas Albinoni, Antonio Vivaldi, and George were honored at the end of the performance.