Spoons are one of the oldest instruments have been around for thousands of years
these are my baroque spoons
as you can see I’ve got one original and one copy the
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original was made at around 1740
by a great spoon maker from Arezzo in Italy called Giacomo Cucchiaio
you can see it’s age from the various cracks
where it’s being broken and been put back together by expert spoon luthiers.
It also smells old.
I think of soup?
Unfortunately at some point the original pair of spoons got separated
and the other one probably got mistaken for some simple
soup spoon is sitting in some cutlery drawer somewhere,
in fact, if you think you might have it
please get in touch it would mean a lot.
It’s really hard to find original baroque spoons these days.
Anyway I’ve had a modern copy made
and as you can see they’re identical
the most obvious difference between the Baroque spoon and the modern spoon
is the curvature of the bowl,
the neck is also very straight with an arch underneath
this all gives it a more articulated sound with a natural decay.
I would argue that the Baroque spoon has the most options for tonal variety and expression of color
but that’s the subject of debate.
As time went on spoons also changed,
Beethoven’s Spoonlight Sonata and Debussy’s Clair de Spoon were
pivotal pieces in the development of spoon.
I’m just going to tune up quickly.
I will now play a couple of movements from Vivaldi’s famous concerti for two spoons,
see if you recognise it
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