baroque hurdy gurdy

Baroque Hurdy Gurdy (XVIII century)

The hurdy gurdy was very used in the Baroque period, in the XVIII century it became fashionable in the court of Louis XV, Queen Maria Leszczynska his spouse was very interested in the instrument, she played it herself in the palace of Versailles.

Where to buy Baroque Hurdy Gurdy

Of course having a historical 1700 instrument to play baroque is fantastic but gurdies of 300+ years can be very temperamental, so here I will give you a list of makers of historical baroque hurdy gurdies.

Wolfgang Weichselbaumer – Louvet Copy

Peter Van Wonterghem – Louvet Copy

Jacques Grandchamp – Louvet and other models

Historical sources about the baroque gurdy

Jean-Jacques Naudot (1725) – Huitième oeuvre de Mr Naudot. Six fêtes rustiques pour Musettes, Vielles, Flûtes, Hautbois, & Violons avec la Basse. –Collection of pieces–

Jean-Baptiste-Christophe Ballard (1732) – Pieces Choisies pour la vielle, a l’usage des Commençants, avec des Instructions pour toucher & pour entretenir cet instrument. –Collection of pieces–

Michel Corrette (1736) – Méthode pour jouer la vielle –Methode for playing–

Jean Burette (1740) – La Musique et la Danse d’Anciens –Book about dances that mentions the gurdy–

Anton Terrasson (1741) – Dissertation Historique sur la Vielle

Batiste Dupuit (1741) – Principes pour toucher de la vielle avec six sonates pour cet instrument

Charles Emmanuel Bordet (1755) – Méthode raisonnée

Nicolas Chédeville (1696-1762) – Les Deffis, ou l’étude amusante pour la musette ou la vielle

Charles Baton (1757) – Mémoires sur la vielle (published in Mercure de France)

Françoise Bouin (1761) – La Vielleuse Habile on nouvelle méthode courte, et très sure pour apprendre à jouer de la vielle –this is probably the most detailed methode–

Torlez (1783) – Tablette de Rénommée, Principes pour la voix, la vielle et l’instructions des serins

Composers that wrote for Hurdy-Gurdy in the Baroque and Classical period

Here I will list known composers who wrote for hurdy gurdy so you can look for the pieces to interpret them in a historically informed way or just enjoy listening to recordings of the given pieces.

François Couperin (1668-1733) Les Fastes de la grande et ancienne Ménestrandise – Second Act ‘Bourdón / Les Viéleux et les grueux

Jean-Jacques Naudot (1725) Huitième oeuvre de Mr Naudot. Six fêtes rustiques pour Musettes, Vielles, Flûtes, Hautbois, & Violons avec la Basse.

Jean Hotteterre (1677-c1720)- La Noce Champêtre.

Charles Buterne (1710-c1760) – Six Sonates pour la Vielle.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1714) – Il Pastor Fido.

Leopold Mozart (1719-1789) – Die Bauern Hochzeit, a work written for 6 strings, 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 horns, hurdy gurdy and bagpipes.

Joseph Bodin Boismortier (1691-1755) – Divertissements de Campagne, Loisir du Bercail and Gentillesses. / Le Rebours

Danguy – Many works for hurdy gurdy, one of the main popularizers of the instrument.

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) 8 notturni and 5 concertos for lira organizzata, a hurdy gurdy type that featured organ pipes, also pieces for King Ferdinand of Naples.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – Four minuets (K601) Four German Dances (K602) Country Dance (K611)

Doubts? Book a gurdy consultation or a single lesson with me 🙂

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