James Chaudoir: "Glogauer Liederbuch of 1480 (Lower Intermediate)
This class will play through trios arranged for recorders from the Glogauer Liederbuch of 1480. The trios, scored for SAT ensemble, will feature music that fits nicely under the fingers, while offering the opportunity for participants to comfortably extend their playing range, and rhythmic capabilities. The Glogauer Liederbuch was an important collection of German music of the 15th century, including both sacred and secular songs, and some instrumental dances and canons.
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.
David Echelard: "Glorious Motets of the cathedral Repertoire"
We will vocally investigate and digest some of the most beautiful Sacred compositions from the European Renaissance period. Explore these exquisitely constructed works as you reinvigorate and hone your vocal technique or play and think instrumentally like a singer sings. Singers of all voices and any instruments are welcome.
Lisette Kielson: "15th Century Anonymous Chansons" (advanced) In this performance class, we'll play wonderfully intricate 3-part textless chansons from Bologna, Italy. These manuscripts hold collections representative of the compositional style that was becoming popular in the late 15th century-a rhythmic language of close imitation and complex counterpoint. To increase the challenge we'll work from parts. Renaissance recorders are welcome and encouraged but not mandatory. Viols and low brass welcome!
Selections taken from the 2 modern editions below:
15th Century Anonymous Chansons, Vol 1b AND Vol III
Dovehouse Editions (Italian Renaissance Consort Series Number 19b AND Number 21)
Laura Kuhlman: "Wonders of the Odhecaton" (Lower Intermediate) The Harmonice Musices Odhecaton (One Hundred Songs of Harmonic Music, also known simply as the Odhecaton, was an anthology of polyphonic secular songs published by Ottaviano Petrucci in 1501 in Venice. It was the first book of polyphonic music ever to be printed using movable type. These wonderful pieces of polyphony work well for small groups of three or four players. We will use the Amherst edition of the Odhecaton and can be purchased through Honeysuckle music.
Gayle Neuman: "A 500 Year Celebration of Heinrich Isaac" Come celebrate the 500th year of the passing of the great Franco-Flemish composer Heinrich Isaac, who died in March of 1517. His famous pupil Ludwig Senfl wrote, "He is known throughout the world. Artfully gentle in nature, his cheerful toned melody was quite unrestricted in form...his praise and art lives on. We'll play some of his greatest hits including "Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen," including settings of it by J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms. The group will also read some of his wonderful instrumental pieces and sacred compositions from his monumental work, Choralis Constantinus, "some of the finest examples of chant-based Renaissance polyphony in existence." Some of the pieces will also work for reed instruments.
Phil Neuman: "It's all music: Jazz and its influences" As Duke Ellington succinctly stated when asked to define jazz, "It's all music." We'll play it all in a new selection of pieces: swing, ragtime, rock, bossa nova, spanning 100 years. Pieces will include Georgia on my Mind, Girl from Ipanema, Mr. Sandman, Fly Me to the Moon, Who Let the Cows Out?, Puttin' on the Ritz, and more.
Patrick O'Malley: "Poser for the Evening" (Intermediate) Hans Poser (1917 - 1970) was a composer of several chamber works featuring recorder with piano or violin, and for recorder duo or trio. This year we will explore some of his charming settings of German folk songs for SATB recorder quartet. Moeck published little sets by theme: songs about morning/evening, work, and love.
Laura Osterlund: "Irish and Scottish Tunes for Recorders" (lower-intermediate)
Irish and Scottish music arranged for SATB recorder consort: this is a great opportunity to gain some beginning ensemble experience. We'll also tackle question of "What are the differences between Irish and Scottish music," if any?
Katherine Shuldiner: Viola da Gamba "Exploration into Standard Viola da Gamba Music" In this class we will explore different composers and musical styles that are standard consort repertoire for the viola da gamba. From Fantasias to In Nomines; Byrd to Gibbons, we'll get a little taste of them all.
Karen Snowberg: "Lutheran Chorales in the Music of Michael Praetorius" (Intermediate) In 2017 as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation it seems appropriate to study the music of Michael Praetorius, son of a Lutheran pastor, who was born in 1571. Praetorius used the standard Lutheran Chorales as a jumping off point to write 2,3,4,5,6 and 8 part motets. The class will examine his various treatments of chorale tunes that are still sung in Protestant Churches today. Recorders and capped reeds welcome.
Todd Wetherwax: "Musical Matters" Exploring musical styles (German, French, Italian) by reading as much music as possible. Working to get a handle on as many details as possible on the first read.
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.