The Eloquent Viol
Bach on the Viola da Gamba

Joanna Blendulf

Joanna Blendulf
viola da gamba

Adam Pearl

Adam Pearl


Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Live! at 10th & G
Washington, DC

Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Alexandria, VA

Johann Sebastian Bach
Selections to include:
Suite no. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite no. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012


An instrument that is all too rarely heard today, but well-recognized by J.S. Bach, is the viola da gamba. It comes from a lineage of stringed instruments that precedes the violin/violoncello family. American violist da gamba, Joanna Blendulf, plays a program drawing from Bach’s sonatas written expressly for the instrument, with further examples from his Baroque contemporaries. Most Bach enthusiasts will recognize the instrument from the most poignant moments of the St. John and St. Matthew Passions. This concert offers an opportunity to become more intimately acquainted with the instrument’s range of expression, presented by one of today’s finest performers. Joanna Blendulf is joined by harpsichordist, Adam Pearl.

Joanna Blendulf, viola da gamba; Adam Pearl, harpsichord

Read the Program Notes

Running time: Approximately 75 minutes, no intermission

Stephen C. Wright & Thomas Woodruff, underwriters


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