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Weird Instruments From Vivaldi’s Baroque Music

Vivaldi’s baroque music uses many weird instruments, rarely seen today.

In this video, join Adrian Chandler as he explores a few of these weird instruments: the viola d’amore, a 6 stringed instrument tuned to a chord with metal strings underneath; the chalumeau, the predecessor to the clarinet which is like a cross between that and the recorder; the baroque chamber organ, a digitisation of an Italian style organ by Pietro Nacchini (C18); and the violin in tromba marina, a violin with three brass strings, rather than the usual four gut strings.

In this exploration of unusual baroque music we can truly see the diversity of instruments for which Vivaldi wrote, and the way in which the expertise of La Serenissima brings them to life.

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