"It seems to me that to organize on the basis of feeding people or righting social injustice and all that is very valuable. But to rally people around the idea of modernism, modernity, or something is simply silly. I mean, I don't know what kind of a cause that is, to be up to date. I think it ultimately leads to fashion and snobbery and I'm against it."
Jack Levine: January 3, 1915 – November 8, 2010
Friday, September 20, 2013
Schubert Arppegione Sonata Played on a Real Arpeggione* And Period Fortepiano
The arpeggione was a sort of bowed guitar invented by one of the most famous of the "romantic period" guitar makers, Johann Stauffer. The only well known piece composed for it was the famous sonata by Schubert, which is played on virtually everything but an arpeggione. The young Belgian cellist Nicolas Deletaille, who played the Beethoven Sonata I posted yesterday, is trying to revive the instrument. His has adjustable frets to play intervals closer to pure intervals, something the original didn't have.
Looking at the score it seems to be written like guitar music, in G clef an octave above pitch. I believe the instrument has the same tuning as the guitar.