Ensemble CAMBIATA Wien

Baroque performance on historical instruments

The ensemble's name was inspired by the term "Nota Cambiata," used by J. J. Fux in 1725 in his treatise on Counterpoint, Gradus ad Parnassum. Fux was referring to a contrapuntal technique in which a dissonant note is used where a consonant note is to be expected. When applying the Nota Cambiata technique, the composer exchanges the fifth and sixth scale degree, causing an interruption in the linear sequence of intervals. This acts as an embellishment to the melodic contour of the line, making it musically more interesting. The CAMBIATA Wien Ensemble's members not only exchange their places, but also exchange the upper voice instruments: baroque violin and viola. This provides for a truly entertaining metamorphosis to the ensemble's tonal palette.