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However, the viola d'amore continued to be heard, sometimes in the most
unexpected places. In literature, James Joyce made a marvelous pun on the
name viola d'amore on the first page of Finnegans Wake. On TV, and
in the movies, the composer Bernard Hermann made use of the viola d'amore
a number of times; see the Twilight Zone episode Little Girl Lost,
from 1962, which even has its own website. The early 20th century violist, Henri Casadesus
toured Europe regularly with an early music group, playing the viola d'amore.
And on my tours as a member of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, I have
met d'amore players in Jerusalem, in Mexico City, in Tuscaloosa and in Vancouver.
My website, www.violadamore.com,
has put me in touch with professional players and aspiring viola d'amore
students from the world over, from Portugal to England, from Australia and
Malaysia, from Brazil to the USA. While there is, to the best of my knowledge,
only one place where a string player can undertake a 4 year course leading
to a diploma in the viola d'amore (Vienna), would be d'amore players are
welcome to join me at the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax next June, where the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
will once again be in residence. I'll be supplying the violas d'amore, so
come try them for yourself.
Copyright © 11 January 2001
Thomas Georgi, Toronto,Canada
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