ou can make fun of me if you like: one thing is certain that this music in this isolated place appears like the work of the devil.
It is too loud to be natural and it has such a sad and special manner
that it could not be compared to any other music in Christendom.
"Les Maitres Sonneurs", 1853
The lute form hurdy gurdy made by Lasnier, Charenton s/Cher 1852
is the link between French baroque hurdy gurdies from the middle of the
18th century, from Louvet, and the instruments made at the beginning
of the 20th century by Pajot and Pimpar.
An original can be found in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.
The lute form hurdy gurdy is still the favourite and most wide spread type
for baroque music and especially for French dance music. The large body, for example gives the drones a large base. The curved shell gives the
melody and the trumpet gives the necessary carrying power.
An exact copy of the original is available on request.
Bâton: aus Opus III, 1. Sonate, Gayement, played by: Riccardo
Delfino, Duration 1:10 min, Format:512 kB QuickTime