The Ensemble is playing in the church of Saint Chartier during the festival in 2008

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Comment by Donna Malus on May 21, 2010 at 4:43pm
excuse the middle picture, I have become web challenged as of late.
Comment by Donna Malus on May 21, 2010 at 4:27pm

Hi Susan, I follow this group as much as I can (they are on my space and here are some photos of her psaltery. It's big, and well over 30 strings so it's probably 2.5 to 3 octaves. It certainly sounds like a tenor. She's a beautiful young lady, who plays beautifully and it's a nice group (oops, ensemble : ). From the photos on their myspace page it looks like they play with a couple other bowed psalterists as well!

Comment by Donna Malus on March 8, 2010 at 9:31am
Don't stop John, what's the background on psalterion? How words came into use is interesting.
Reading about the Sunday tea made me really hungry, I love cream horns and all I have is a bagel : P
Comment by John Henry Charles Crocker on March 8, 2010 at 1:05am
When I was 'courting' (OK,it's an age thing!) and used to go to Sunday tea at my wife to be's house, her mother quite often served 'fancy cakes'- apple turnovers, custard slices,and sometimes a cream horn (crum horn,getit?) sorta leads us into strange names for instruments. Stumelia! sorry about all that.......... back to the word 'sackbut' ( I bet you all wish that I had never mentioned that quotation in the first place!)

The word for sackbut in the original Aramaic language( in which Daniel is written) seems to be Qarna' which equals an emphatic form of Qeren, horn(animal, used for instruments) Big horn; powerful horn, even 'trombone' if you like! something loud!. Qeren is very similar to the Greek word for animal-horn, "kera", from which we get the word 'keratin'-the protein found in hair, nails, and horn.

Of a similar age is the Greek word "psalterion", equaling our word 'psaltery? I'll shut up now, JohnH
Comment by Rick Long on March 7, 2010 at 12:07pm
Beautiful, I love it!! I got behind on watching the videos when I was away. Look at the feeling she is putting into her playing. She is using differing pressure with her bow to pull her emotion out of that psaltery, with the subtle changes in volume. There's a good lesson in this.
Comment by Donna Malus on March 7, 2010 at 8:12am
Sackbut......that name alone gets your attention! I know it's a little off topic, but here's a video link.
Okay, follow the link to hear "Sonata for 4 Sackbuts" OMG, I'm sorry, I can't stop laughing...language is fascinating and entertaining : ) (and the video is very good) I bet they get a lot of "You play a what???"
Comment by Donna Malus on March 7, 2010 at 8:05am

Comment by John Henry Charles Crocker on March 1, 2010 at 3:29am
Strumelia, I am by no means a musical expert, and my intimate knowledge of the sackbut is nil, but I understand it to be a precursor to the modern trombone, medieval,late 14th c. As the quote was taken from the King James Bible tho', perhaps we should allow a little leeway; I doubt the mention of the dulcimer has much to do with the instrument you play and I attempt to! Incidentally, I posted the quote on ED, sorta links with the 'Noter' thread in a convoluted way? John
Comment by John Henry Charles Crocker on February 28, 2010 at 10:19am
"every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship" Daniel III,v10. If you subsitute bombard for sackbut the verse quoted just about sums up the musical experience of Saint-Chartier, the only festival where have I commenced dancing in the village square at about 2000 hrs and was still dancing when the baker 's van turned up in the early morning with still warm croissants!!! I should add that was in 1991,there's no way I could do that now. Should you ever have the opportunity to attend, do so, its fantastic.

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