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Musical Comparsions

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:07 pm
by Henri De Ceredigion
Is there a website (or listing) that tells me what instruments (comparable to those found in an orchestra) were in existence in 1533? I am completely aware that the orchestra wasn't dreamed up until at least the 17th century (as demonstrated by the likes of Lully) but it is the comparisons to modern day instruments that I am looking for the most.

Re: Musical Comparsions

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:26 pm
by Jack Campin
Where, and used in what sort of context?

Galpin's "Early English Instruments of Music" is old but a good start.

Re: Musical Comparsions

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 7:41 pm
by Henri De Ceredigion
Jack Campin wrote:Where, and used in what sort of context?

Galpin's "Early English Instruments of Music" is old but a good start.


That's very helpful. The context is "If someone plays a piano in 2015, what instrument would they play in 1533?"

Re: Musical Comparsions

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:22 am
by Jack Campin
A piano has a wider range of uses than anything available in 1533. If you wanted reach a concert-hall or stadium-sized audience, you needed an organ, church bells or a loud wind band. If you were playing for a small audience in an aristocrat's house, you might do it with some sort of lute; most such concerts involved singing. If you were just playing for yourself or a family-sized audience, a keyboard might be usable, but they tended to be quiet and flaky, so didn't have the same public role as the modern piano. For a dance gathering you'd need more folk-like instruments, the tabor pipe or bagpipe.

Recorders were relatively little used, the violin had only just been developed, and the viol was mainly used in consorts.

That period was when the Reformation was getting up steam. In Protestant areas instrumental church music was on the way out.