Class Descriptions 2021

More information to come. Watch this space!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

9:00-10:30—Clea Galhano: The Art of the Madrigal

madrigal is a secular vocal music composition of the Renaissance  and early Baroque  eras.

In this class I will feature a brief history of the Madrigal and various importamt composers such as : Jacques Arcadelt, Adrian Willaert, Carlos Gesualdo and Claudio Monteverdi. Level- Intermediate up

11:00-12:30 pm—Laura Kuhlman: Johannes Ciconia, Before, During and After

Johannes Ciconia: his music spanned the gap between late medieval and early renaissance. Ciconia was a master of movement in styles, rhythms and blending of text. In our short time together, we will revel in the infamous Una Pantera and O Rosa Bella, we will unravel the complex rhythms of Sus un fontayne, followed by new discoveries of O Padua, O felix templum jubila, and a larger work, Gloria. We will also explore two composers, one who came before, Philipoctus de Caserta and one who came after, Guillaume Du Fay. There is much to be learned in the rhythmical patterns of Ciconia. Advanced reading level but all are invited to attend and participate!

1:30-3:00 pm—Phil Neuman: Michael Praetorius, the Prolific Master of Wolfenbüttel

In this session, we’ll explore the superb two and three part compositions of this iconic German composer while we celebrate the 400th anniversary of his passing in 1621. He was one of the most prolific composers of his time, arranging over 1200 Lutheran hymns and other liturgical works, setting 312 dances in his 1612 Terpsichore collection, and writing the three volume music treatise Syntagma Musicum dealing with music history, musical instruments, and information on orchestration. His hymn settings are known for their lively rhythmic treatments and we’ll play his beautiful Easter carol “Erstanden ist”, “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern” (a setting of a hymn by Philipp Nicolai, who was inspired to write the text after an epidemic in 1597), the psalm setting “Wo Gott zum Haus nicht gibt”, the gratitude hymn “Singen wir aus Herzensgrund”, his magnificent duo on “Ein feste Burg” (A Mighty Fortress), and much more.  We’ll be playing all the parts live along with you in real time. For Intermediate and Advanced players of all types of instruments.

3:30-4:30 pm David Ohannesian: Recorder Maintenance

Sunday, March 21, 2021

9:00-10:30 am—Miyo Aoki: Ausserlesene Paduanen und Galliarden (or Masque up!)

Ausserlesene Paduanen und Galliarden (or Masque up!): Start the day with sumptuous pavanes, lively galliards, and charming masque dances from the beginning of the 17th century. Around this time, a fruitful exchange of musical ideas between England and Germany, facilitated in part by composers who traveled between the regions, led to the publication of several volumes of pavane and galliard pairs and other dance music. We will play pieces from some of these volumes, by composers such as William Brade, Thomas Simpson, and John Adson. There will be some gently challenging rhythms and a few sections with faster notes, but these can all be simplified as needed, so it should be accessible to levels intermediate and up. Many of these pieces have a wide range, so viols, recorders, and early brass are probably most ideal for the class, but you are welcome to play other early winds and adjust for range as necessary. 

11:00-12:30 pm—Gayle Neuman: Josquin des Prez, the ‘Father of Musicians’

In this session, we’ll explore the superb two- and three-part repertoire of this iconic French composer while we celebrate the 500th anniversary of his passing in 1521. In the 16th century, he had the reputation of being the greatest composer of the age, and his compositional style was widely lauded and imitated. Martin Luther wrote that “he is the master of the notes. They must do as he wishes; as for the other composers, they have to do as the notes wish.” Pieces will include “En l’ombre d’ung buissonet”, “Si j’ay perdu mon amy, “La plus des plus”, and beautiful “Pleni sunt caeli” duo from Missa Pange Lingua, and much more. We’ll be playing all the parts live along with you in real time. For Intermediate and Advanced players of all types of instruments.

1:30-3:00 pm—Adam Gilbert: Love Songs of the 15th Century

3:30-4:30 pm—Debbie McMeel: Celtic Jam with Ruach