Foto: Peter Zenker

Contraguitar

Some years ago Daniel Knoop got to know the hungarian violinist István Szentpáli who engaged him as a guitarist in his Schrammel-Ensemble. Schrammel music is a highly classical art of austrian folkmusic which got its' name from the brothers Johann and Joseph Schrammel in the late 19th century. This music is typically played with 2 violins, accordion, (clarinet) and contraguitar. This guitar has a double neck and 7 extra bass strings. In total 13 strings!
Because Knoop was fascinated by this music and a CD recording was planned he immediately travelled to Vienna to purchase one of the last original instruments by Ludwig Reisinger.
This instrument has a wide range and a big sonority which allows an extended repertoire and performing of different styles like for example baroque lute music.