Il Fiammango della Tiorba - Delta Ensemble
In 1612 Philippe Vermeulen travels from Brussels to Rome on behalf of Isabella of Spain and Albrecht of Austria, governors of the Southern Netherlands. The upheavals in the musical landscape at the beginning of the 17th century in Italy were arousing
after all, the curiosity of all Western European courts. In addition to the emergence of new forms of expression - such as opera, the recitative or the toccata - various fascinating instruments also saw the light of day. Philippe was instructed to master such a new instrument, the theorbo, and then to share his acquired knowledge on his return.
On the basis of pieces by his teacher and contemporaries - on theorbo, baroque guitar, lirone, viola da gamba, lute, chitarra battente and with singing - and anecdotes from the letters, we try to bring Philippe Vermeulen's journey and study time to life: music he must have heard, songs that have been heard, improvisation exercises that he could have played himself… a homage to our own “Il Fiammingo della Tiorba”.