minstrel: Baroque guitar music recorded on Baroque guitar

Cynthia J Ley cley at juno.com
Tue Nov 8 07:14:47 PST 2005

Try the CD "Baroque Music" -James Kline, 11-string arch guitar,
performing Weiss, Bach, and Scarlatti.


On Mon, 07 Nov 2005 15:32:22 -0800 Jay Freeman <Jay.Freeman at sun.com>
> I am interested in Baroque guitar music; does anyone know of
> any recordings in which such music is played on actual Baroque
> guitars?  (I don't mean the few actual period instruments that
> have survived -- they tend to be in museums, and justly so; I mean
> decent modern replicas.)
> There is plenty of Baroque guitar music recorded using modern
> classical guitar, but I haven't found any recordings in which
> the instrument used something closer to an actual Baroque guitar.
> For the record, Baroque guitars were notably smaller-bodied than
> modern classical guitars, and typically had five courses of two
> strings each, with the lower-pitched courses having strings an
> octave apart.  They were often very lightly built, so I suspect
> that their sound may be different from modern classical guitars
> in that regard, not only because of the different stringing.
> My interest is that I am a very amateur luthier, and am
> thinking about trying to build a simple Baroque guitar, for
> me to play.  Only, I have never actually heard one played, so
> I don't know for sure whether the mark I would be shooting for
> is one that I would enjoy hitting.
> There are a handful of contemporary luthiers who build
> Baroque guitars, but they generally try to make replicas with
> elaborate decoration, which runs up the price to rather
> more than I would care to pay.
> Thanks,
>                               --  Jay Freeman
>                                   Jay.Freeman at Sun.COM
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