Ruthie Dornfeld | Lay of the Waves

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Lay of the Waves

by Ruthie Dornfeld

This album of new music for medieval fiddle (vielle) takes inspiration from both medieval and folk music using a varied palette of accompaniment: African kora, viola da gamba, percussion, vibes, oud, viola, banjo, and accordion.
Genre: Classical: Early Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Processional
Ruthie Dornfeld & Becca Baggenstoss
1:50 $0.99
2. Hop Five
Ruthie Dornfeld & Shulamit Kleinerman
1:49 $0.99
3. On the Siskiyou Trail
Ruthie Dornfeld & Glenn Jones
4:09 $0.99
4. Cobalt & Saffron/Saltarello
Ruthie Dornfeld & Kane Mathis
3:37 $0.99
5. Lay of the Waves
Ruthie Dornfeld & Shulamit Kleinerman
3:37 $0.99
6. Rêverie Sur Loire
Ruthie Dornfeld, Shulamit Kleinerman & Ronnee Fullerton
1:36 $0.99
7. Nøkkedansen
Ruthie Dornfeld & Shulamit Kleinerman
2:23 $0.99
8. A Cloud Passed
Ruthie Dornfeld, Ronnee Fullerton & Dorothy Shapiro
3:25 $0.99
9. Queen City Strut
Ruthie Dornfeld & Becca Baggenstoss
2:32 $0.99
10. La Saint-Sylvestre
Ruthie Dornfeld, Ben Thomas & Kane Mathis
3:40 $0.99
11. When Dry Leaf Falls
Ruthie Dornfeld
1:44 $0.99
12. The Last Word
Ruthie Dornfeld & Terry Wergeland
2:36 $0.99
13. Estampie
Ruthie Dornfeld & Kane Mathis
2:40 $0.99
14. Gift of Myrrh
Ruthie Dornfeld, Kane Mathis & Christos Govetas
4:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
The vielle, a 3 to 5 string flatback fiddle, most likely had its origins in Asia and traveled westward, reaching Europe in the Middle Ages. Its expressive voice gained it widespread popularity that lasted centuries before the louder, brighter, violin appeared on the scene. Gradually the vielle was put aside and forgotten until all that remained was an image, a silent decoration on churches and in illuminated manuscripts. More centuries passed; the art of composition flourished, orchestras grew to grand proportions, electronic music was born. And then, with curious instrument makers and
musicians looking back to the past to find fresh sounds and inspiration, the vielle was brought back to life. Though it’s still relatively rare, you will occasionally see it being played, mostly in historical settings accompanying singers and
playing a small surviving repertoire of medieval dance tunes.

In this recording Ruthie Dornfeld sets out to gently welcome the vielle to the twenty first century. She takes inspiration from medieval and folk music, but also from simply imagining the instrument’s path westward, and the leap across time it has made. So, here is an offering of new music for an old instrument. May the vielle continue to sing!



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