What's New on
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Time sure flies when you're having fun!

New editions out now:

SM151 - Frescobaldi: Messa della Madonna, arr. for TrTTB viols by John Weretka. $24 ($26.40)

SM152 - Frescobaldi: Three pieces, arrange for TrTTB viols (one for TrTTTB) by John Weretka. $24 ($26.40)

Toro strings are now in stock. I have limited gauges as yet, but gut from .58 to .85, and overwounds for violin, viola and cello are now here. All sheep gut. More will be coming soon.

A new CD just out from Les Voix Humaines is now in stock at Saraband Music. $25 inc GST. It's Dowland's Lachrimae, with guest Nigel North on lute.

Also available through Saraband is Laura Vaughan's CD of the Bach gamba sonatas. $24 inc GST.

I'm just back from visiting Wellington, NZ. Thanks to all my old friends for the welcome. I had a great time.

I will be at the AUSTA Conference in Perth in July, and I'm also running an Intro to the Viol workshop on the morning of 7th July at Trinity College in Perth. Bookings essential, so please contact me for the link. I will also be playing with the Perth Viol Consort the night before on the 6th at 7.30. St Patrick's Anglican Church, Mt Lawley. See you there!

News this month is that Saraband Music will be stocking Toro strings in the near future. It will take time to build up stock, so my first order will be plain gut ox and ram strings for violin, treble viol and pardessus. Thicker strings and overwounds will be in stock in a month or two.

SM149 - Dario Castello: Sonata prima, arranged for bass viol and keyboard is now available. $15 ($16.50 inc GST)

SM150 - The Bass Recorder Book, Vol. 5 - Tielman Susato's Danserye (1551) is now available for $24 ($26.40 inc GST)

Saraband Music will be at the French baroque workshop in Hobart this month, selling music, strings, bows and more.

Lots more strings and bows on order now. Should be here soon.

New editions available now:

SM146 - Adriano Banchieri: 4 Canzonas, arr for TrTrTB viols $18 ($19.80)

SM147 - Le Dessus de Viole. Pieces for treble viol & keyboard by Marais, d'Hervelois, Morel. $15 ($16.50

SM148 - Girolamo Frescobaldi: Messa della Domenica, arranged for TrTTB viols by John Weretka $30 ($33)

New editions from Saraband Music:

SM144 - Isabella Leonarda: Sonata prima, op. 16, no. 1, arranged for 3 bass viols. Score & parts. $18 ($19.80)

SM145 - Two Folk Songs arranged by Clive Lane, for TrTrTB/TrTTB viols. Score & parts. $15 ($16.50). Barbara Allen's Cruelty & Tower Hill.


The Links page has been revised and dead links removed.


Audio files have been added to many of the pages covering Saraband Music's own early music editions. These have been digitally generated from Sibelius, so tempi may not be exactly performance standard, and ornaments are not available. But they should give you an idea of how a piece might sound, and hopefully help you to buy it! So far 25 editions have audio samples.

There are new items in stock at Saraband. Kids music socks, piano ties and new scarf and pashmina designs are all in stock now, ready for Christmas.

There's a large Bertrand model 7 string bass viol in stock for $5,500. Made by Charlie Ogle in 2007, it includes bow and hard case. 71cm string length, so it's big! It is second hand. Pictures soon.

Two new card designs have been added: the Guidonian Hand is another early music card, while Cat and Mouse has been added to the Kids' cards.

In addition, there's a whole new category of single colour cards, printed on 350gsm heavy gloss stock, with envelope. $5 each or 5 for $20 (inc GST). More of these designs will be added very soon.

One of my suppliers has a new stock of transitional violin and viola bows available with lovely colourful windings. Feedback on these bows has been good. Special order only, but please ask if interested.

New Saraband Music editions are in preparation and will be posted here very soon.