Historical European Music with Charango
In the first posting we explore how the charango is being used to play European music from the past several hundred years. A number of musicians have noted that the charango shares similar sound qualities to the lute and mandolin. Its striking to hear, for instance John Dowlands (1563 – 1626) Praeludium performed on our beloved instrument
Or Packingtons Pound a lovely piece of Rennaisance music being performed at this link
I also couldnt resist adding Eddy Navia's impressive interpretation of Mozart's 40th symphony. The video is rather endearing for someone not from South America.
A particularly impressive resource for medieval and baroque charango is Bill Kilpatrick’s Youtube channel. He compares the sounds of the charango and mandolin through examples he’s selected from early music.
Roberto has also created a channel that deals with Renaissance and Baroque music transcribed for Charango.
I encourage you to add to this post by adding your favorite links and/or artists to create a resource for people interested in hearing and exploring how the charango can be used to play early European music. I will be adding other styles over the coming weeks.