Magazine article New Internationalist

Captain Hume's Journey to India

Magazine article New Internationalist

Captain Hume's Journey to India

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Captain Hume's Journey to India by Philippe Pierlot and Dhruba Ghosh (Flora 1006 CD)

Rarely has East met West in such a beguiling record of a musical encounter. In 1600, Captain Tobias Hume, mercenary, musician dedicated to the then-unfashionable viol and an approximate contemporary of Shakespeare, travelled to India with the East India Company and there he met a sarangi player... maybe. That Hume himself existed is known, that his compositions exist is certain, but there is less evidence that he visited India at all. No matter, for Belgian early music specialist Philippe Pierlot (bass viol player) and Indian sarangi master Dhruba Ghosh, have done the travelling for him.

In the main, Captain Hume's Journey to India consists of Hume's own compositions for viol. Dances, airs, a galliard from Pierlot's six-string viol create a stately, formal atmosphere. …

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