The GambaCast – Martha Bishop (b.1937) – Serna Suite for Unaccompanied 7-String Bass Viol (2009)
Martha Bishop (b.1937) – Serna Suite for Unaccompanied 7-String Bass Viol (2009)
Prelude – Tango – Sarabande – Jigg
This Suite is written for Phillip Serna in gratitude for his support of modern composition and in awe of his fine viola da gamba playing skills. I am grateful to composer Dr. John A. Lennon for his excellent advice and encouragement in this and many other compositional efforts. I am also grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Randall Anderson for the loan of their cabin for a quiet retreat in the mountains of North Georgia, and for the inspiration those mountains provided me in writing this piece.
- Martha Bishop, November 2009
Recorded August 16, 2010 in Duesenberg Recital Hall, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, Valparaiso, IN. This audio content is Copyright ©2010 Phillip W. Serna & music is ©2009 Martha Bishop and appears here on the GambaCast by permission. For information on the musical activities of Martha Bishop, visit http://www.marthabishop.com/. For more information on Valparaiso University Music Programs, visit http://www.valpo.edu/music.
Based in the Chicago area, Dr. Serna works to bring the early western string instrument family known as the viola da gamba into many area schools – demonstrating solo literature from the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods for treble viol, tenor viol, bass viol & violone. Please help us make viols accessible to both young and old.
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