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In today's podcast, historical musicologist Elizabeth Weinfield muses on the craft of Joachim Tielke (1641-1719), master Baroque instrument maker. Both as scholar and performer, Elizabeth is a young steward of Renaissance and Baroque-era music. Earlier on Fortnight, we interviewed her about life as a viola da gambist in the rare musical instruments gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Tielke famously crafted five-string bell citterns, which he inlaid with intricate allegorical motifs in ivory, tortoiseshell, ebony and mother-of-pearl. His instruments' depiction of classical tales precursed the Neoclassical movement of eighteenth-century Europe, when a new wave of archeological retrieval spurred renewed interest in antiquity.
This podcast was recorded in the chancel and narthex of Christ Church in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Additional viol music (in a modern bluegrass improvisation) courtesy of Loren Ludwig.