Didn't the Youtube videos circulate here or on the Early Guitar list way back when they were first posted? I've handled at least one of these beasts (there's a decent example in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art), but never really endeavored to make music with or even to tune one. Such things just aren't for me; the technical issues of jumping between string sets seems too cumbersome and the dedicated repertoire is just too scarce. Frankly, I would be tempted to trivialize this particular guitar paradigm as never having escaped the amusing-novelty stage of development.
Alex Timmerman in the Netherlands is a bit of a guitar-with-sub-bass-diapasons aficionado. He had a two-part article in consecutive issues of GuitArt a few years ago that I am fairly sure touched on harpolyre. I have reprints someplace, and I can dig up a more formal citation soon if anybody is really curious. Best, Eugene ----- Original Message ----- From: Martyn Hodgson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Date: Saturday, November 22, 2008 10:05 am Subject: [VIHUELA] Re: Sor's harpolyre To: Rob MacKillop <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Cc: Vihuela <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > > Thanks Rob, I've ordered it as well. > > Not sure if ithe music was 'lost' > though. The principal modern work > on Sor (Brain Jeffrey's book) gives the same > source for all three > works (Paris Bibliotheque Nationale) and their > titles etc - all > published in 1820 and by the same publisher > incidentally - Salman, Rue > Colbert who I don't believe was one of his usual > publishers. Interestingly the prices look comparable > with his ordinary guitar > publications. Presumabvly Salman 'took a punt' on > this new > instrument.... > > M > --- On Sat, 22/11/08, Rob MacKillop > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > From: Rob MacKillop > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Subject: > Re: [VIHUELA] Sor's harpolyre > To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > Cc: "Vihuela" <email@example.com> > Date: Saturday, 22 November, 2008, 9:37 AM > > Does this link work? http://tinyurl.com/62zsar > or this: > http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Music-of-Fernando- > Sor/dp/B0018Y > DPJA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1227290706&sr=8-1 (cut and paste > into browser) > > Or serch www.amazon.co.uk or com for Lost Music > Fernando Sor > > Rob > > > > 2008/11/22 Martyn Hodgson > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Rob, > > Interesting but I can't seem to open this link > regards > > Martyn > --- On Fri, 21/11/08, Rob MacKillop > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > From: Rob MacKillop > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Subject: [VIHUELA] Sor's harpolyre > To: "Vihuela" > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> Date: > Friday, 21 November, 2008, 7:48 PM > Anyone seen one of these: > http://tinyurl.com/62zsar He has a couple > of youtube videos. I've ordered the disc just to > hear the repertoire. > Brian Jeffrey's biography of Sor contains a > description of the > instrument. The central neck is just a normal > guitar. The other necks > have the same bass notes, but one neck has gut > strings, the other > wire-covered silk - a strange and subtle thing to > devise. Apparently > the repertoire by Sor is among his best...we shall see... > > > > Anyone have more info? > > > > Rob MacKillop > > -- > > References > > 1. http://tinyurl.com/62zsar > > > To get on or off this list see list information at > http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html > > -- > > References > > 1. http://tinyurl.com/62zsar > 2. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Music-of-Fernando- > Sor/dp/B0018Y 3. http://www.amazon.co.uk/ > 4. mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] > 5. mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] > 6. mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] > 7. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org > 8. http://tinyurl.com/62zsar > 9. http://tinyurl.com/62zsar > 10. http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html > --