Renaissance Wind Music
Lucie Skeaping considers the importance of wind music in the middle ages, through the work of one of today's award winning period ensembles.
The ensemble of shawms, bombards and trumpet or sackbut (trombone), known as the alta capella, was one of the most striking and influential ensembles of the middle ages. It was the ensemble most often heard in mediaeval cities, and one of the first ensembles to be placed on the civic payroll. The alta capella was the nearest that the middle ages had to our symphony orchestra.
Lucie Skeaping reflects on the work and music of the alta capella, focusing on one of today's foremost ensembles in this field - Les haulz et les bas.
The multi national ensemble, Les haulz et les bas, are:
David Yacus (USA/Italy) - buisine, slide trumpet, sackbut
Andrea Piccioni (Italy) - tamburello
Gesine BÃnfer (Germany) - shawm, bombard, bagpipe
Michael Metzler (Germany) - percussion
Ian Harrison (GB) - shawm, bombard, bagpipe
Christian Braun (Swiss) - buisine, slide trumpet, sackbut.