James Chaudoir: "Music with Solfege Themes" (Intermediate SATB) This session will focus on music of the Renaissance that uses themes built on solfege syllables as the main tune, or cantus firmus. Composers would display their creative contrapuntal skills against a somewhat simple tune set in long note values. Some of these works became quite elaborate.
This practice was used for vocal and instrumental music alike. We will look at examples of both, using works by Josquin, Isaac, and William Byrd, among others.
Be prepared to encounter the occasional unfamiliar meter signature, interesting yet challenging rhythmic figures characteristic to the period, and parts that use the entire range of your instrument(s).
Mark Davenport: "Dances and Aires: English Music from the Courts of Queen Elizabeth to Charles I." (upper intermediate to advanced): This class will look at secular dances by some of the leading composers working in the English courts between 1550 and 1650 (William Byrd, John Dowland, Giovanni Coprario and William Lawes). Drawing on Davenport's doctoral work the group will play through some of Lawes's most astonishing and inventive compositions with newly transcribed arrangements for recorders.
Shelley Gruskin: Late baroque concertos for multiple recorders and bass. (Advanced) Expect to play lots and lots and lots of notes. Practice up on your scales and arpeggios for maximum razzle-dazzle in the allegros against the pathos of the adagios.
Eric Haas: "Oh, Susanna!" (Advanced) Orlando di Lasso's famous chanson spirituel 'Susanne ung jour' along with the Didier Lupi original on which it was based and a selection of the many parodies it inspired including a pavan by Valentin Haussmann, two galliards by John Dowland, and a highly ornamented version by Antonio de Cabezòn.
Lisette Kielson: "Art of Fugue" (advanced) In this class we will explore the 4-part (SATB) fugues from JS Bach's masterpiece Art of Fugue. With some contrapuncti quite elaborate, we will draw on all of our recorder-playing skills to master them!
Class music: Bach, JS: Art of Fugue: the Four-Part Contrapuncti arranged for recorders by Eric Haas
Laura Kuhlman: "Playford and the English Dance" (Lower Intermediate) John Playford wrote or collected the songs that are the mainstay for English Country dancing. Using the LPM 102 & 103 volumes of quartet, plus a smattering of duets I have written, we will explore the entertaining and amusing music of John Playford.
Mona Mann: "Advanced Beginner Consort" Are you ready to start playing trios and quartets, but need to move at a slower pace in order to succeed? In this class, we will explore music for three and four voices at a manageable pace, working through rhythms and fingerings and having fun as we improve both our music reading and recorder playing skills.
Holly Mauer: "Henry VIII of England vs. Francois I of France" Open to both Intermediate Viols and Recorders of all sizes. Expect doubling. In June of 1520 Henry VIII and Francois I met on the Field of the Cloth of Gold erected near Calais as a way to promote peace and understanding between the two powers. Each vied to show that their court was the most magnificent and music was an integral part of the pageantry and rivalry. Celebrate the 500th anniversary of this event by playing music from both courts. We'll sample the music of Mouton, Sermisy, Cornish, and Tallis. Expect some interesting rhythmic interplay.
Gayle Neuman: "John Dunstable and Friends: Inventors of Modern Music" (Intermediate) From the early renaissance to the 21st century the triad has defined the harmonic structure of western music. Where did this practice come from? It was Dunstable and his English composer friends - according to the 15th century poet Martin le Franc who witnessed this change: "...G. Du Fay and Binchois...they have a new practice of making lively consonance...They took on the guise of the English and followed Dunstable..." We'll explore the superbly original sacred and secular music of John Dunstable, John Bedyngham, John Plummer, and the guy who had to be different, Leonel Power. See where it all began - with pieces like "Quam pulchra es", this music will transport you to marvelously serene places where other music doesn't go.
Phil Neuman: "Music of Scotland and Wales for Reeds" Prepare for a buzzfest extraordinaire with songs, dances and psalm settings by Robert Johnson, David Peebles, David Melvill and others, and we'll even venture into the Welsh plygain repertoire. For intermediate and advanced players of krummhorn, cornamusen, racketts, sordunes, kortholts, douçaines, dulcians, cornetts and sackbutts.
Patrick O'Malley: "High Ren, Low Rec" (Intermediate) Two of the most exquisite Renaissance composers, representing the mature flowering of the age of polyphony, are Tomas Luis de Victoria (Spain) and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (Italy). We will luxuriate in the deep tones of the 8-foot choir: bass, great bass, great bass, and contrabass recorders. We will play Victoria's settings of the Gregorian chant "Ave Maris Stella" (Cheap Trills) and Palestrina's ricercare on various church modes (Dolce editions DOL 318, 319). Bass will read treble clef as alto "up," great bass will read as tenor in treble clef, and contrabass will read bass clef.
Gail Ann Schroeder:"Songs without Words" (Advanced Viol) As the Italian madrigal tradition developed into the purely instrumental form of viol fantasia, the madrigal fantasy emerges as keystone. We will survey the development of the viol fantasy with focus on the madrigal fantasias of Ward, Lupo and Coprario. Learn how to approach these instrumental works from a vocal point of view.
Katherine Shuldiner: "Beginner Class" Keep honing the skills that you started learning Friday night by learning to read music on the viola da gamba. We will work through small, manageable pieces at a comfortable pace. This class will be a continuation of Katherine's Friday Night Session and Holly Maurer's A session.
Karen Snowberg: "Step Lively! (Intermediate) Step back 500-600 years to become court musicians for the weekend who provide both lively dance music for celebrations and instrumental music to entertain and inspire. Music by Susato, Arbeau, Gervaise, Praetorius are part of the recorder player's repertoire. Their galliards, pavanes, courantes (all dances of the past) provide us with slow movements to show off the beautiful sound of the recorder and the fast movements allow our fingers and tongue to display the rewards of our hard-working practice. At the same time, the duple and triple movements will express the "beat" and rhythmic emphasis which is the basis of all music.
Then, after the dance is over, you as musicians will provide the court entertainment with a musical depiction of a victorious battle-step lively again! You are the proud conveyer of the victory by framing the movements of the battle pieces to correspond to the stages of the battle. Many well-known composers have written battle pieces which we will work on during the weekend. In addition, the class will have the opportunity to preview the battle piece that will be played at Saturday evening's playing session.
The dance and battle pieces we will play are well within the comfort zone of the intermediate level. There will be enough challenge to inspire, but not so much to intimidate or frustrate. So join us as musicians to provide music to step lively.
Anne Timberlake: "King Hal: Henry VIII had six wives- and 49 recorders!"(Lower Intermediate) If that isn't a sign of which category he valued more, it's at least a testament to his love for, and support of, music. We'll explore musical gems from Henry's era, including a few penned by the monarch himself.
Pam Wiese: "Working on Fingerings, Both C & F" (Beginner Recorder) We will work through sections of the Recorder Guide working on fingerings and music reading and rhythm.
Pam Wiese: "Beginning Ensemble" (Beginner Recorder)
Depending on student level, we will work through some of the duets in the Recorder Guide or I will provide you with some simple SA and SAT ensemble pieces. We will work on facility of reading, confidence in playing and listening to the other parts.