A Latvian Viola d’amore Concerto in New York

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I came across the Music of the Latvian Composer Anna Viesmanev while performing the world premiere of the Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra “Serenata de La Luna” by Costa Rican Composer Carlos Castro in New York City. This was at the final Concert of the 2013 Season of the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra under Max Lifchitz. As part of this program was the premiere of a

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The Viola d’amore

Bach Museum Vla d'amore 2The viola d’amore is a unique instrument with a beautiful sound and design. It is also a mysterious instrument because of its unknown origins. This is a brief and general introduction to this instrument.

The Viola d’amore is a string instrument with a hybrid design. It was popular during the Baroque and Pre-Classical periods. Leopold Mozart describes this instrument  in his Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing as “a distinctive kind of fiddle which sounds especially charming in the stillness of the evening. Above, it is strung with six gut strings of which the lower three are 

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