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Friday Night Classes
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).
Clea Galhano: "Brazilian Music! from Colonial Brazil to Modern"  Upper  Intermediate to Advanced
This class will feature Brazilian repertory from XIX cent to modern period showcasing the infectious melodies, lovely - and sometimes strange - harmonies, and exciting rhythms based on African and Portuguese influence.
We will play ensemble repertory featuring Lundu dance from XIX cent., choros and popular tunes.
All instruments are welcome. Pitch: A=440

2023 B Classes
Charles Fischer:   Playing appoggiaturas and cadential trills in baroque music (alto recorders)
David Lee Echelard: "Gothic French Polyphony"  For voices and all instruments.
Medieval motets from Perotin, Adam de La Halle and motets from the Montpellier codex and Las Huelgas codex.
We will musically explore the Sacred polyphony from the Notre Dame School and Medieval French courtly love motets from the Montpellier codex and Adam de La Hall.  Navigate the medieval rhythmic modes and indulge in  the cantus fermi taken from the chants of Notre Dame repertory. Investigate the vocal and instrumental intricacies of the works to play and think instrumentally like a singer sings. Singers of all voices and any and all instruments are welcome.


Lisette Kielson: "Could You Please Repeat That: what to do on the second time around" (intermediate)
While in this technique class we may focus on trills, mordents, passing notes, and altering rhythms, we will also address breathing, tone, tuning, and articulation. Geared for intermediate players. For the less experienced, stick to the original melody and enjoy the simple life! For the more experienced, go wild on the repeats! For soprano and alto recorders, but tenors and basses (reading treble clef) are welcome!
Class music:
 Renaissance Time (duets), Sweet Pipes (SP 2323)
 Baroque Time (duets), Sweet Pipes (SP 2334)
Shelley Gruskin: "The Art of the Fugue: It isn't all about Bach" (Lower Intermediate)  A survey of this form leading up to its great master, an analysis and execution of the machinery of these jewels of invention.
Laura Kuhlman: "Discovering the humor of Thomas Weelkes"  Intermediate Thomas Weelkes (1576 - 1623) is noted for his word painting, lively rhythms, and highly developed sense of form and structure. Weelkes did not lead an easy life and often battled his demons through drinking. Yet he also had a devilish sense of humor that can be seen in his settings of comical "pub" type songs. With tunes like, "The Ape, the monkey and baboon", "Since Robin Hood and Maid Marian", or "Four arms, two necks, one wreathing", we will giggle and play to our hearts content. Recorders, strings, and voices welcome!
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.
Gayle Neuman:    "The English Dancing Master"  Intermediate Mixed Consort
All the best Playford dances that we love to play which will include: Argeers, Cherry Garden, Fiddlers Maggot, Jack a Lent, and Portsmouth. Strings and recorders!
Phil Neuman:  "Summer in Caserta - The More Subtle Art" (Advanced)
Hold on to your seats! In this class we will play the challenging French-texted music of the Ars Subtilior (the late 14th century repertoire in a class all its own) written by Italians Anthonello de Caserta and Philipoctus de Caserta.
The two composers were from, you guessed it, Caserta, the city in the
Italian Campania region whose high summer temperatures echo the 'hot'
rhythms they wrote. Come test your mettle and find out what inspired Ciconia to quote major sections of these amazing works.
Patrick O'Malley:  "The Transcendent Pair: Cantata BWV 106" (Advanced)
J.S. Bach's deeply sincere cantata features a pair of alto recorders, symbolizing the journey between planes of existence. This technically challenging work is performed frequently. Advanced amateur recorderists should become familiar with it, to be ready when you get the invitation to play! (The teacher will supply the sheet music.)
Karen Snowberg:  "Ironing Out the Rhythmic Kinks of Renaissance Music"  Intermediate
In my 40+ years of recorder teaching I've encountered many students who could demonstrate advanced technique on Baroque literature but still had difficulty reading some of the more complex patterns of Renaissance music.  Class members will be offered hints in solving the problems presented in music by Dufay, Binchois, and Obrecht The class will work through both excerpts and complete compositions featuring challenging rhythms.  Learning to play one part confidently is vital to being able to stay rhythmically strong while another part is playing in close imitation.  Music will be provided.  Class participants should be able to play at least SAT recorders and be able to read up an octave on the alto..
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.