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So a while back I acquired The Early Music Fiddler with arrangements by Edward Huws Jones. Since it's been some months since I've recorded my progress (now somewhere past the 1.5 years of learning point), I thought I'd present three of the pieces.
First up is the Estampie royale, a 13th century French dance. It's very simple and repetitive but because it's intended to be played fast, it's great, exhausting bowing practice at high speeds. I had been practicing for a few hours, so was already tired at the time of this recording, and rhythm suffers somewhat, though the speed up toward the last half was intentional.
Next, L'homme armé, among the most famous medieval melodies (15th century French). This is a liberal interpretation of the original secular version before the Renaissance churches wussified it. The original is very short and simple, so the last 2/3 of this was basically me improvising on the spot a repetitive extension. At some point, I'd love to write an extended melody (as opposed to a simple fiddle clip) based on this, since it has so much potential.
Finally, Par le regard de vos beaux yeux, Guillaume Dufay's late medieval/early Renaissance (15th century) famous piece. This one is meant to have at least two violins, but I instead play the second violin role for the first half of the recording. Of the three medieval melodies, this one was recorded last (rather tired), is the only one I haven't memorized (sheet music is off camera), and I was a little intentionally careless with rhythm, but it's by far my favorite.
Thanks FM. I really have to get a better recording apparatus at some point as I'd really like to give a good-sounding presentation of some original tunes; in due time!
As for the last one, I figured I'd play it as I might perform it in person for friends since on the one hand my video editing skills are non-existent and on the other hand I feel like the second violin part makes an admirable first movement rather than just an accompaniment. Imagining two violins playing the two rather juxtaposing parts at the same time makes me conjure up a convoluted confusion which isn't the case with the less-projecting vielles and hurdy-gurdies the piece is usually performed with. Also, my rhythm isn't quite there yet (got to break out the metronome more often).
One thing I notice watching myself is that I seem to have a preference for the tip half of the bow, and I'm a little concerned if that's normal...? I definitely use the frog when I calculate that I want to use it, but it seems when I'm not thinking I default to the tip half...