This program features music of 17th-century England with music that is quite rare – even by Catacoustic’s standards. Few people tackle the repertory of the lyra viol, which is a small bass viola da gamba (viol) that primarily plays chords using a different notation called tablature (similar to what guitar players today often use). The lyra viol often utilizes different than standard viol tunings, as is presented in this concert. There are unusual textures and sonorities in this concert that will delight and surprise the listener. Many of the song titles have familiar names like dances, such as the Courant, Allemand, and Pavan, and several songs are quite witty – comparing the differences between men and women. John Maynard’s piece is from his masque entitled The Seven Wonders of the World. Composers include: John Jenkins, George Loosemore, Robert Jones, Christopher Simpson, George Hudson, and John Maynard.
Performers include: Annalisa Pappano on lyra viol, Julie Jeffrey (San Francisco, CA) on bass viol, Joanna Blendulf (Alabama) on treble viol, David Walker (Louisville, KY) on lute and theorbo, Jonathan Cooper as bass soloist, and Amanda Carmen Bower as soprano soloist.