Chant des grillons

The participation of nyckelharpa (viola d 'amore a clavis) and hurdy - gurdy (viola da rota, Vielle a roue) give the program of the ensemble chant des grillons rousing effects.


The eccentric instrumentation of concerts with supposedly simple, rural, designed for folk music instruments enjoyed great popularity, especially in the time of the pastorals, the imitation of village life of the French nobility.


But not only French composers, the Italian Vivaldi also liked to use folk musical instruments, such as the mandolin, in his concerts. The execution of his Follia variations with recorder, hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa and basso continuo would certainly have pleased him.

Instrumentation program

Marco Ambrosini, Nyckelharpa
Meike Herzig, Recorders
Riccardo Delfino, Hurdy-Gurdy
Werner Matzke, Baroque Cello
Alexander Puliaev, Harpsichord

Program Example

Nicolas Chédeville (1705 -1782)
L'Hiver
hurdy-gurdy, recorder, nyckelharpa and b.c.
Allegro - Largo – Allegro

Nicolas Chédeville (1705 -1782)
Les Folies d'Espagne
recorder and hurdy-gurdy

Domenico Gabrielli (um 1659 -1690)
Sonate G-Dur
cello and b.c.
Grave - Allegro - Largo – Prestissimo

Pierre Gaultier (1642 -1696)
Suite F-Dur
recorder, nyckelharpa and b.c.
Carillon - Air – Chaconne

Marco Uccelini (um 1603 -1680)
A Padouana - A Gianina - A Melibea - A Malcumira - A Virmingarda
recorder, hurdy-gurdy, nyckelharpa and b.c.

Francesco Geminiani (1680-1762)
La Follia op. 5/12
nyckelharpa, recorder, hurdy-gurdy and b.c.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750)
Concerto D-Dur BWV972 nach Vivaldi
Concerto G-Dur f. Violine u. Orchester
arr. for harpsichord solo
Allegro - Adagio – Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi (1678 -1741)
Sonate op. 2/8
nyckelharpa and b.c.
Preludio - Giga – Corrente

Nicolas Chédeville (1705 -1782)
Les plaisirs de l'été
hurdy-gurdy, recorder, nyckelharpa and b.c.
Allegro - Largo - La Caccia