Conall wrote: ↑
Wed May 01, 2019 6:37 am
One of my bathtime pastimes is trawling through YouTube listening to the Chaconne on unexpected instruments! I hadn't heard this one before. Some work ok in my opinion - others are ridiculously optimistic but it's amazing how many & varied instrumentalists want to give it a go. I think it's fair to say that if you can't play chords (eg recorder playing every chord as an unconvincing fast arpeggio) you're probably on a non-starter. At least we can very easily & effectively play chords on guitar and the arpeggio sections arguably sound more convincing than most other instruments including violin.
Bravo! I have seen some Mikhail Leonchik videos but this I have missed somehow.
Dulcimers are very popular in Belarus and in Ukraine, and in the schools there is most likely a dedicated dulcimer department with a troop of players.
Also, there are extensive bandura versions of Bach and other composers that may be worth checking.
However, as I double-checked before posting, Mikhail was studying in Strauss Conservatory in Munchen, but in Jazz department. Now that's quite suggestive of the status of some part of classical society, or maybe the direction of the title "classical" point to today.
For me the title "classic" means not attitude but quality, whereas maybe I can say jazz or rock is attitude to some extent. We have to revive and rejuvinate those fossils somehow if we ever want to perform and entertain the art form today, and need to listen to how Fisk and other great musicians go about the business. In turn the "attitude" jazz or rock is dead as it sound to me, while I enjoy some dead jazz every now and then.