In Sweetest Sympathy
“In Sweetest Sympathy” will showcase the lyra viol, complete with sympathetic strings, and provide a unique opportunity to hear two of the few such instruments in the world.
The term lyra viol can be used to describe a specific style of playing that developed in 17th century England as well as a type of bass viol developed to support that style. Designed to facilitate chordal playing, the lyra viol was often used to accompany the voice. We’ll explore vocal and instrumental repertoire for this fabulous instrument and its relationship to different contexts of music making. We’re thrilled that lyra viol and Renaissance music specialist Sarah Mead will join us on this program.