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Two Voltes - Michael Praetorius

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The 'volte' (sometimes written 'volta' or 'la volta') was a triple-time dance and musical form of the late Renaissance - think galliard, but without the syncopation and hemiolas. In a departure from my usual use of recorders for this type of music, I chose to sequence the pair of tunes with Kontakt's great trombone sample-set standing in for a quartet of Renaissance sackbuts (the ancestors of the modern trombone.)

These two voltes are from Terpsichore, Michael Praetorius' mammoth collection of harmonized dance music from 1612; numbers 229 and 231.

Just for grins, here are some more spellings of "sackbut":
French: sacqueboute ("push-pull")
Spanish: saccabushe ("pull-pipe")
Italian: trombone ("big trumpet")
German: Posaune (still used today)
English: sacbut, sackbutte, sagbut, shagbolts, sacabush and shakbusshe.

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Feter said 2600 days ago (June 5th, 2012)
Two Voltes
Fabulous !!
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