Playing and Discussing a 17th century ricercar by Degli Antonii (on baroque cello)

playingantoniiNow that I’m putting more of a focus on my YouTube channel, I’m beginning a “cello at home” series where I play and discuss an unaccompanied cello piece. I’ve explored a lot of lesser-known unaccompanied cello music in my solo albums; BASS SOUNDS focused on 17th century music by Degli Antonii and Gabrielli, and BASS SOUNDS: Evolved had 18th century pieces by Dall’Abaco and Dotzauer. Both albums include a Bach suite as well.

I became particularly interested in the ricercars of Degli Antonii as I could barely find any recordings of them, so I decided to focus this video on one of the ricercars that didn’t make it onto Bass Sounds. Think of it as a Bass Sounds B-Side! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and questions.

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4 responses to “Playing and Discussing a 17th century ricercar by Degli Antonii (on baroque cello)

  1. Hey! That’s not right, playing Baroque music with a modern cello! I’m just teasing you, I’m not one of those people.

    Very interesting piece, and the introduction was very informative. It reminded me a little of the Bach cello suites, and made me wonder if Bach was influenced by Antonii. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Antonii before come to think of it.

    I hope you’re doing okay, considering all that snow outside. Can’t wait to hear more beautiful music.

    • Even if you were one of those people, this should please you! That’s a baroque cello I’m playing. Can’t you hear the gut strings?? 🙂 To be fair, it was built a modern cello in the 1950’s and put into baroque set-up in the 80’s. It has a baroque fingerboard, bridge, tailpiece, soundpost, and strings. Bow is baroque, too.

      Bach was likely influenced by the 17th century Italian composers like Antonii (and more popular, Domenico Gabrielli), since they were paving the way for string writing at the time.

      The snow is miserable but at least I can enjoy some downtime inside! Thanks for watching.

      • Shows what I know! Yeah, I thought it looked kine of “weird” to me. Gabrielli I’ve heard of. I know Bach was influenced by Vivaldi; I think that is one of the reasons Vivaldi underwent a revival in the mid 20th century.

        Do you ever play viola da gamba? From what I’ve read, cellists usually play music that was meant to be played by viola da gamba, because there are very few proficient viola da gamba players out there.

        I swear, the cello is the perfect stuck-inside-because-of-snow kind of instrument. We have a lot of snow here in NY, but it’s not nearly as bad as the Boston area.

  2. I learned gamba a bit in grad school, mostly playing bass lines and consort music—can’t play well enough to play solo music! It was a lot of fun though, and if I had free time and access to an instrument I’d definitely take it up again.

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