Viola organista

Viola organista

Famous Venetian Airs performed on a unique instrument built according to Leonardo Da Vinci’s design
A. Vivaldi, A. Willaert, A. Gabrieli

Sławomir ZUBRZYCKI – viola organista (Poland)

Thursday 28. 7. 2016, 19.30
Břevnov Monastery, Terezian Hall
Markétská 1, Prague

In collaboration with the Polish Institute Prague.

 

The concert included the screening of a short documentary, The Sound of da Vinci, about the origin of this extraordinary project and instrument

Leonardo da Vinci, perhaps the greatest of all geniuses in history, has many important inventions under his belt, including the parachute, helicopter, machine gun, submarine, automobile, diving suit, tank, and the drill. His legendary sketchbooks, however, comprise also the project of a peculiar music instrument which he called “viola organista” and which, similarly to barrel organ, combines the principle of a keyboard and bow-stringed instrument, producing a sound which reminds of viol consort. Yet, all comparisons pale in the light of the sound of an instrument which has been built according to da Vinci’s original plans by the pianist and clavichordist Sławomir Zubrzycki of Cracow. A Czech premiere, in which this unique instrument and its builder appeared in a program comprising famous Venetian airs, took place in the Theresian Hall of Břevnov Monastery on 28 July. The concert included the screening of a short documentary called The Sound of da Vinci, about the origin of this extraordinary project and instrument. We can only wish for fewer machine guns and more viola organistas!

Andrea Gabrieli (ca 1532–1585)
Canzoni alla francese et Ricercari ariosi
Fantasia allegra
Canzon deta SUZANNE UN IOUR
Canzon Francese deta FRAIS & GAILLARD
Canzon Francese deta MARTIN MENOIT
Ricercar di Andrea Gabrieli sopra MARTIN MENOIT

Adrian Willaert (ca 1490–1562)
villanella VECCHIE LETROSE
chanson DESSUS LA MARCHE D’ARRAS

Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Cello Sonata V in E minor
Cello Sonata VI in B-flat Major

All the transcriptions for viola organista are by Sławomir Zubrzycki.

Viola organista

 

casopisharmonie.cz, 28. 7. 2016, Daniel Jäger
O historii a tradici unikátního nástroje říká jeho konstruktér, Sławomir Zubrzycki: „Jeho historie je velmi zvláštní. Leonardo da Vinci před více než pěti sty lety vynalezl nový hudební nástroj, který měl být něčím opravdu výjimečným. Možná to měl být dokonalý nástroj – kombinoval v sobě rozdílené typy nástrojů – klávesové a strunné. Problém je, že da Vinci ho sice navrhl, ale nikdy nesestrojil. […] V minulosti jsme violu organistu nemohli slyšet v koncertních sálech ani v hudebních salónech. Je to opravdu zvláštní příběh. Na začátku byl legendární vynálezce, ale pak se pět století nedělo nic.“

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