Early Bass

We’ve had a lot of great contributors over the years on this blog. This is an archive of early music posts from them.


CBC 217: Jerry Fuller on early music, creativity, and business world lessons

Double bassist and early music specialist Jerry Fuller

Double bassist and early music specialist Jerry Fuller

Today’s episode features double bassist Jerry Fuller.  I’ve known Jerry for well over a decade at this point and have found him to be such an interesting person.  Jerry is best known in the music world for his work in period performance—in fact, he won an award for historically informed performance from the International Society of Bassists in 2015, and he is also a former ISB board member.

We cover Jerry’s early years in music, attending Northwestern in bass studio of rock stars including Hal Robinson, Curtis Burriss, and Rufus Reid, and his time spent performing in the bass section of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and in Switzerland.  While he was in Lyric, Jerry attended business school at the University of Chicago and has worked for most of his professional life in the world of business while simultaneously keeping up an active musical life, and we talk about his what prompted this decision to attend business school and what his experiences in that world have been like.

We get into details about how period performance differs from modern technique, how players can explore the world of period playing, and the role of the bass player in the continuo.  We also have a great discussion on creativity in music and answer listener questions from Gaelen McCormick and Dan Carson.

Jerry has gotten into traditional jazz recently, and we’ll open up the episode with an excerpt featuring Jerry performing C’est si Bon, and we’ll close with a duet by Bernhard Romberg with Richard Hirschl on cello.

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Interview Highlights

Early Years and Career

  • grew up in Wisconsin – inspiring encounter with Roger Ruggeri of the Milwaukee Symphony
  • accepted into Northwestern University bass studio with Warren Benfield
  • joined Lyric junior year of college, promoted to assistant principal
  • enrolled in business school at University of Chicago while still playing in Lyric
  • went to work for American Hospital Supply Corporation and found an amazingly creative group of people there
  • joined orchestra in Switzerland

Early Music

  • physical and mental differences in early and modern playing
  • what instrument really “drives the bus” in continuo playing
  • outlets for learning more about early music performance
  • switching between early and modern setups

Careers and Creative Outlets

  • personality and temperament play a huge role into us figuring out what we should do in the world career-wise
  • temperament over skill level
  • creativity in music and life

Best of the GambaCast Podcast – Francesco Rognoni (fl. 1600s) – Viola Bastarda Diminutions on Susanne ung jour (after Orlando di Lassus)

The GambaCast – Francesco Rognoni (fl. 1600s) – Viola Bastarda Diminutions on Susanne ung jour (after Orlando di Lassus)

From Selva di Varie passaggi second l’uso modern (Milan, 1620) with accompaniment arranged for viol consort by Phillip W. Serna.

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Based in the Chicago area, Dr. Phillip Serna’s award-winning outreach program Viols in Our Schools works to bring the early western string instrument family known as the viola da gamba into many area schools – demonstrating solo literature from the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods for treble viol, tenor viol, bass viol & violone. Please help us make viols accessible to both young and old.

Viols in Our Schools & the GambaCast Copyright © 2012 Dr. Phillip W. Serna. For more information, visit http://www.thegambacast.org/ & http://www.violsinourschools.org/.

 


Best of the GambaCast Podcast – New Comma Baroque – Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) Sonata Op.2, No.3 in C-Major from Second Livre de Sonates pour le Violon et pour le Flute Traversiere avec le Basse Continuo (1730)

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764) Sonata Op.2, No.3 in C-Major from Second Livre de Sonates pour le Violon et pour le Flute Traversiere avec le Basse Continuo (1730)

Adagio
Allegro
Adagio
Giga [Allegro ma poco]

New Comma Baroque – Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Morlan, historical keyboards

Hear New Comma Baroque in their Fall 2012 program Tous les Matins du Monde “All the Mornings of the World” – Music of the French Baroque by Chambonnières, Couperin, Leclair & Marais September 8th, 10th & 16th with details at http://www.newcommabaroque.org/concerts.

To find out more about about the New Comma Baroque, please visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NewCommaBaroque, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/NewCommaBaroque & on their site at http://www.newcommabaroque.org/. This content appears here on the GambaCast by permission. All video content © 2012 New Comma Baroque.

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Based in the Chicago area, Dr. Phillip Serna’s award-winning outreach program Viols in Our Schools works to bring the early western string instrument family known as the viola da gamba into many area schools – demonstrating solo literature from the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods for treble viol, tenor viol, bass viol & violone. Please help us make viols accessible to both young and old.

Viols in Our Schools & the GambaCast Copyright © 2012 Dr. Phillip W. Serna. For more information, visit http://www.thegambacast.org/ & http://www.violsinourschools.org/.


Best of the GambaCast Podcast – New Comma Baroque – Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Pièces a Une Viole du Premier Livre (1686)

Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Pièces a Une Viole du Premier Livre (1686)

Prelude
Fantaisie
Allemande – Double
Courante – Double
Sarabande
Gigue – Double

New Comma Baroque – Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Morlan, historical keyboards

Hear New Comma Baroque in their Fall 2012 program Tous les Matins du Monde “All the Mornings of the World” – Music of the French Baroque by Chambonnières, Couperin, Leclair & Marais September 8th, 10th & 16th with details at http://www.newcommabaroque.org/concerts.

To find out more about about the New Comma Baroque, please visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NewCommaBaroque, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/NewCommaBaroque & on their site at http://www.newcommabaroque.org/. This content appears here on the GambaCast by permission. All video content © 2012 New Comma Baroque.

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Based in the Chicago area, Dr. Phillip Serna’s award-winning outreach program Viols in Our Schools works to bring the early western string instrument family known as the viola da gamba into many area schools – demonstrating solo literature from the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods for treble viol, tenor viol, bass viol & violone. Please help us make viols accessible to both young and old.

Viols in Our Schools & the GambaCast Copyright © 2012 Dr. Phillip W. Serna. For more information, visit http://www.thegambacast.org/ & http://www.violsinourschools.org/.


Best of the GambaCast Podcast – New Comma Baroque – Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris [The Bells of St. Genevieve] from La Gamme et Autres Morceaux de Symphonie (1723)

Marin Marais (1656-1728) – Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris [The Bells of St. Genevieve] from La Gamme et Autres Morceaux de Symphonie (1723)

New Comma Baroque – Matthew C. Cataldi, Baroque violin, Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba & Emily J. Morlan, historical keyboards

Hear New Comma Baroque in their Fall 2012 program Tous les Matins du Monde “All the Mornings of the World” – Music of the French Baroque by Chambonnières, Couperin, Leclair & Marais September 8th, 10th & 16th with details at http://www.newcommabaroque.org/concerts.

To find out more about about the New Comma Baroque, please visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NewCommaBaroque, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/NewCommaBaroque & on their site at http://www.newcommabaroque.org/. This content appears here on the GambaCast by permission. All video content © 2012 New Comma Baroque.

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Based in the Chicago area, Dr. Phillip Serna’s award-winning outreach program Viols in Our Schools works to bring the early western string instrument family known as the viola da gamba into many area schools – demonstrating solo literature from the Renaissance, Baroque and early Classical periods for treble viol, tenor viol, bass viol & violone. Please help us make viols accessible to both young and old.

Viols in Our Schools & the GambaCast Copyright © 2012 Dr. Phillip W. Serna. For more information, visit http://www.thegambacast.org/ & http://www.violsinourschools.org/.