SCORDATURA : “A term applied largely to lutes, guitars, viols and the violin family to designate a tuning other than the normal, established one… It offered novel colours, timbres and sonorities, alternative harmonic possibilities and, in some cases, extension of an instrument’s range.” Grove Music Online
It has been a huge privilege to be involved in setting up Scordatura Women’s Music Collective. We a group of musicians who want to extend the established repertoire by performing and championing music written by women. With interests ranging from Baroque Historical Performance to contemporary composition to world music, members of the collective will be performing from a huge, varied and beautiful body of music. Through the ensemble, we hope to increase our own performance repertoires and share new discoveries with our audience.
In addition to writing about music for cello, I’m planning to use this section of the blog to profile the composers whose work we are performing.