Hearts Eyes - Praetorius's Dances from Terpsichore

by Vicki Swan in Cressing, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th September 2020 we successfully raised £2,575 with 121 supporters in 28 days

Crowdfunding an album of dance tunes from Terpsichore by Praetorius performed on nyckelharpa quintet.

by Vicki Swan in Cressing, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The £1000 will just  cover the cost of printing the CDs. The stretch goal will allow me to pay me some money for the 10 days of recording, for the mixing,  mastering and artwork and maybe even eat....

This project has been fully funded and the CD is now for sale on our website. You can also buy the minus-1 CDR and scores in both digital and print format:

Visit the website to buy the CD

1598102460_moraharpadag.jpgThe 16th March was a day that changed everything. Until then I performed in a folk duo, travelling up and down the country playing to audiences and teaching the nyckelharpa. We had a wonderful year ahead of us, lots of gigs, the best year yet for workshops and teaching. We had tours in the Netherlands, teaching in Germany and Portugal. In one swoop we lost all of this work.

We have had a lot of time at home (five months) and we have filled this with lots of online teaching and streaming. The camera has never been busier and the internet so used! 

1597785774_img_2177.jpegI decided I would like to record an album of Dances from Terpsichore by Praetorius. In normal times this album would be sold and earn its keep from our gigs and nyckelharpa workshops. As we don't currently have these gigs I have decided to Crowdfund it.

Michael Praetorius published Terpsichore in 1612. It is a compendium of over 300 dance tunes arranged for quintets/quartets. The CD will be made up from numbers 1, 2, 3 and 32!

Between 1612-1620 Praetorius published his Syntagma Musicum. At the end of the second volume, there is a section called, Theatrum Instrumentorum - these are wood cuts of lots of different instruments that Praetorius met on his travels. Plate 22 includes a picture of a keyed-fiddle - schlüssel-fiddel. A version of this instrument was found in Sweden (whether the book came before the Swedish instrument  or vice versa is hotly debated). So of course as a player of the Moraharpa- this features on a couple of the tracks. Watch the video to meet it!

Be part of my Praetorius journey!

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£12 or more

£12 Reward - The CD!

The CD will be lovingly put in an envelope and posted to you as soon as it comes back off the press! (Please note if you're not in the UK to add an additional donation at checkout to cover postage)

£1 or more

£1 Reward

The reward for £1 is that warm glowing feeling that you've supported this project. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

£2 or more

£2 Reward - Button Badges - UK

Be sent 3 button badges, Praetorius's schlüssel-fiddel, the Moraharpa heart sound hole and a drawing of the Sienaharpa angel. (Please note if you're not in the UK to add an additional donation at checkout to cover postage)

£10 or more

£10 Reward- Digital Download

£10 will get you a digital download of the album. This will be available before the CD release date!

£16 or more

£16 Reward - CD and button badge bundle

A CD and selection of button badges sent to anywhere in the world. Choose any six badges from my collection! (See website for badge options!) (Please note if you're not in the UK to add an additional donation at checkout to cover postage)

£20 or more

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£20 - Zoom/Skype Lesson on playing Praetorius

£20 will get you a Zoom/Skype lesson on playing Praetorius. Can be for any instrument. (let me know in advance so I can prepare music in the best key!)

£50 or more

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£50 Reward - CD plus a "minus one CDR" and dots

£50 Reward will get you the CD and also a minus one CDR (ie the CD without the melody) and printed manuscript complete with instructions as to how many times to play what! You get to be the soloist with the CDR. For this reward you will also be sent the parts and score so you can play in your own ensemble. (Please note if you're not in the UK to add an additional donation at checkout to cover postage)

£100 or more

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£100 Reward - 1 hour Zoom concert

£100 will get you a 1 hour private Zoom concert given by myself and Jonny, for you and 4 friends. (5 Zoom logins total) You will meet all seven of Vicki's nyckelharpas and hear some history about the nyckelharpa. There will be some Praetorius for sure!

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