I am connecting history lately with my Intermedial studies. Yet this time I do not want to say too much so as to really let the images tell the story– using all images from the web. This post is all about the Russian or Slavic hurdy-gurdy.
Years ago I would just stare at these kinds of images day after day… There was some sort of obsessive, hypnotic feeling and I collected CDs. It didn’t even sound that good; it was more like scratchy sounding. I have two copies of a book on the Ukrainian hurdy-gurdy or Lira. I recently did a small, minimalist piece for wind and gurdy which I called: Duet for Hurdy Gurdy and Fort. This sort of strange ether would just come over me as I studied; it was in this way that I first wondered what a musicologist is. This may also be termed Ethnomusicology. Now here are these sepia, old, Slavic gurdys with their fantastic folklore. The hurdy-gurdy player was a mendicant, village musician.