What Exactly is a Violone?




The modern double bass (or contrabass) has a long history reaching back into the Renaissance, when it was known as a violone or bass viol.  Heather Miller Lardin takes a few minutes to show four violone from her collection, including instruments suitable for Bach, Haydn, and Schubert.






Heather Miller Lardin enjoys a diverse career performing and teaching on historical and modern double basses and viola da gamba. She is principal bass of the Handel and Haydn Society and regularly performs with Tempesta di Mare and Philadelphia Bach Collegium. Other recent engagements include the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tafelmusik, GEMAS - Early Music of the Americas, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Heather is founding co-director of Night Music, a "serenade" chamber ensemble that performs chamber music from the Revolutionary and Romantic eras. In the educational arena, Heather directs the Temple University Early Music Ensemble and teaches a select Suzuki double bass/viola da gamba home studio.





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