Joanna Blendulf: The Iberian Masters: Take a tour of the Iberian peninsula, from Andalusia to Aragon, while basking in the beautiful devotional songs of Francisco Guerrero and Luis de Victoria and Cristóbal de Morales. Intermediate Then kick up your heels with some cancionerios from the famed Cancionero de Uppsala! For mixed concert.
Mark Davenport: "The Art of the Netherlands: Dufay, Ockeghem and Josquin." (upper intermediate to advanced): Ensemble players in this class will have the opportunity to explore the glorious music by the central figures of the Franco-Flemish School: Guillaume Dufay (ca. 1397-1474); Johannes Ockeghem (ca. 1410-97); and Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450-1521). Participants will be introduced to editions that closely resemble the original manuscripts (individual partbooks in original note values with no bar lines).
James Chaudoir: "Preparing Renaissance Dances for Performance"
By playing through a collection of dance pieces from Jacque Moderne's mid-sixteenth century publication, Musicque de joye, we will learn about different forms/meters, proper tempos, voicing, segueing multiple dances, and how to add appropriate percussion. Similar in style to music published by Arbeau, Attaignant, and Susato, don't be surprised to encounter the occasional familiar tune. Dances covered will include the Basse Danse, Tourdion, Pavane, Branle, and Galliarde.
Music for class selected from:
Jacques Moderne: 29 Dances (Musicque de joye)
LPM DM10 (ed. Bernard Thomas)
Charles Fischer: Playing appoggiaturas and cadential trills in baroque music (alto recorders)
David Lee Echelard: Music of the Spanish Golden Age" Singers of all voices and any instruments are welcome. Sacred Music of the Spanish Golden age by Renaissance composers Guerrero, Morales and Victoria. We will vocally investigate and digest some of the most beautiful sacred music from the Spanish Golden age. Explore these exquisitely constructed works as you reinvigorate and hone your vocal technique or play and think instrumentally like a singer sings.
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Julie Elhard: "Dancing in Versailles" (Mixed Consort Class: Advanced) Kick up your heels to some French Baroque Dance music to tunes probably danced by Louis XIV himself! Chaconnes, Menuets, Bourées and Airs from the Comédie-Ballet traditions of J.B. Lully and Marin Marais. Brush up on those French ornaments in this class and live ever so briefly in the land of the "Sun King".
Shelley Gruskin: "New Wine in Old Bottles" (Advanced) Old forms and genres which modern composers have adopted. Older pieces which are titled, for example, Gigue, Saraband,Rondo, etc.,would be investigated and compared with their modern counterparts.
Eric Haas: ""The Triumphs of Orianna" (Intermediate) Madrigals from Thomas Morley's 1601 anthology honoring Elizabeth I (25 madgrigals by 23 composers, each concluding with the lines, "Thus sang the nymphs and shepherds of Diana, 'Long live fair Oriana!'" (Oriana was an epithet for England's 'Virgin Queen'). Selections will probably include Thomas Morley's 'Hard by a crystal fountain', Michael East's 'Hence stars, too dim of light' and John Wilbye's amazing 'As Vesta was descending Latmos hill'.
Dale Taylor:"Old Spain in a New World." The musical scene in Spain's New World empire was incredibly rich, bringing the finest in European music of the day to the Americas. Shawm bands played in Santa Fe. The New World's first operas were written in Peru and Mexico. Jannequin and Ureede were performed in missions and cathedrals. And native composers wrote new music which has survived. This class will survey some of the literature, taking the time to work up a few details as we go. Intermediate. Not all music will have parts for soprano, altos may have to read up, and basses are needed.
Lisette Kielson: Molto Espressivo! (Techniques for Expressive Playing) - (lower intermediate) What makes for a musical performance? For expressive playing? In this technique-based class, we will play beautiful music, beautifully. We will address tone, articulation, musical weight and phrasing, imitation, and, yes, maybe even a little vibrato. Class repertoire will include slower tempo-ed ensemble music of the baroque masters. For lower intermediate recorder players.
Laura Kuhlman: "European Tour of Folk Songs" (Lower Intermediate) Follow the "Yellow Brick Road" as we weave our way through Ireland, England, France, Germany, Italy and even Russia, playing popular folk tunes from each cultural center. Accessible and entertaining duos, trios and quartets for the budding recorder player ready to make music in a comfortable consort setting.
Mona Mann: "Advanced Beginners" Do you need help 'feeling' simple and compound meter? Would you like reinforcement on rhythms, and how to practice effectively? Would you like time to work with F fingerings as well as C fingerings? We will work through small ensemble pieces while helping you feel more secure as you progress on recorder.
Gayle Neuman: "Renaissance Dances for Soft Reeds by the Hessen Brothers" (Intermediate) For the softer double reed instruments including krummhorns, cornamusen, douçaines, dulcians, sordunes, racketts, as well as recorders. Since Arbeau called dancing "both a pleasant and profitable art which confers and preserves health," we will take his advice and explore the dance settings of Paul and Bartholomäus Hessen whose huge published collection of 1555 included over 500 dances. We will discuss proper tempos and interpretation, and contrast their arrangements with those of other composers of the period. We will also discuss reed and instrument maintenance.
Phil Neuman: "Tango and Bossa Nova": Piazzolla, Jobim and Friends (Upper Intermediate and Advanced) We will travel to South America to contrast the music of Astor Piazzolla the Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger with that of Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist Antônio Carlos Jobim. Piazzolla revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style called nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music, and Jobim was the primary force behind the creation of the bossa nova style, inspired by the work of Debussy, Ravel, Villa-Lobos, Pixinguinha and by jazz. Selections will include Libertango, Milonga del Ángel, Wave, Antigua, Aguas de Março and more, and we will discuss techniques for the proper interpretation and ornamentation of these styles.
Patrick O'Malley: "Les Deux Flûtes Douces" (Advanced) Embody the idealized pastoral life through courtly French duets for alto recorders. In the Baroque era, the recorder was called "the sweet flute." Duets make the sound extra sweet, painting a sound world of shepherds and love. We will explore pieces by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Pierre Danican Philidor, Jacques-Martin Hotteterre, and Michel de la Barre. We will gradually add each composer's ornaments, learning the various symbols. It is recommended that you purchase "French Baroque Duets for Two Treble Recorders" by Editio Musica Budapest Z. 14 376, so you can mark your own copy.
Katherine Shuldiner: "Alto Clef boot Camp" (Lower Intermediate) This class is for people who read treble and bass clef but still haven't been able to grasp that elusive alto clef. Join me for an informative class that will help you get you brain (and fingers) around this "viol" clef.
Karen Snowberg: "English Songs, Sonnets and Madrigals" (Lower Intermediate - soprano, alto and tenor) Music by composers such as William Byrd, Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, and Michael East will be used to experience trio ensemble playing. The reading of rhythms, playing in different meters and changing key signatures will be reinforced while exploring a variety of 16th and 17th century English music.
Todd Wetherwax: "16th and 17th century music Sight-Reading" Basic consort practices (the usual musical things - rhythm, articulation, starts/stops)
Pam Wiese: "Technique" (Beginner Recorder) We will work through sections of the Recorder Guide in small groups.