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- Musician type
- Viola da gamba
- Host institution
- Leiden University
- United Kingdom
Harry Buckoke plays viola da gamba and lirone. A keen chamber musician, he is a member of Lux Musicae London, Dramma per Musica and Ensemble Augelletti also performing regularly and appears on recordings with Fieri Consort, Chelys and Fair Oriana. Harry also gives solo performances, past appearances include a Telemann concerto for the London Handel Society and a recital on the history of the viol at the Roman River festival. He has created music for political burlesque, performance art and dance.
Harry studied Viol with Paolo Pandolfo at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. With a thesis on Hegel and the aesthetics of performance, Harry holds an MA in Aesthetics from NYU where he received their student performer award. His BA is in English Literature from the University of Cambridge where he held an instrumental award scholarship.
Harry’s research work looks at the techniques and influence of chordal and polyphonic accompaniment on viola da gamba in the sixteenth century. Research methods include intabulations of works by composers linked to this manner of performance (Dalla Viola, De Bercherm, Tiburtino etc.), on viol and lirone, and analysis of the few sources detailing the practice.
The project builds towards an understanding of how the instrument and its possibilities influence these adaptations both in terms of the structure (what notes are actually played) and manner of performance. This includes examining the instrument’s vocal but non-verbal properties and the aesthetic consequences of using an instrument as a proxy voice (or voices), removing language and incorporating multiple voices as one musician.