arrangements by Mario Mesany and František Pok
ŠTĚPÁN KANIAK, fiddle, plucked string and wind instruments
“Everywhere the clamour of drums beating,
If today’s listener enters the musical world of the Middle Ages, he is often staggered by the sheer number of new sounds, timbres, colours, different dimensions of sound, and naturally also by the way in which these musical tracts are divided and what they contain. What we no longer consider even as old, since it has been entirely forgotten, is now regarded as something new and fascinating. This is not simply due to the diversity of instruments involved, but also to the numerous Arabic incursions, whose imaginary spikes long remained sharp before being softened by European culture. It would make no sense here to study how much contemporary reconstructions of period instruments try to approximate the sound of the originals in use seven hundred years ago, however, traces of it, partly surviving in the Arabic musical tradition, testify more to a marked similarity.
An angelic beauty descended to Earth.
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