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Published on Apr 12, 2014
I am playing a fourteenth century Italian dance of the 'istampitta' variety entitled "Ghaetta." The instrument I am playing is known among English-speaking people as a 'hurdy-gurdy,' but in the 14th century, it might have been called by its Greek derivative "sinfonia" or the more Latinate term "organistrum." This particular instrument was made by the superb German maker Helmut Seibert of Oberhof, and it is based on an 18th century drawing, though it certainly has a 'gothic' appearance. I hope you like my performance!