I am looking forward to joining you for the January 2020 meeting! Recorders sized soprano down to contra bass will be needed, viols are also welcome, and there will be a few pieces that will work with reeds, so bring those, too, if you like. I will especially need some great bass and contra bass recorders, since I am bringing my arrangement of two movements from Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, a gorgeous choral work known for requiring bass singers who can sing extraordinarily low. In fact, upon glimpsing a particularly low passage in the All-Night Vigil, the conductor of the premiere famously said “Now, where on earth are we to find such basses? They are as rare as asparagus at Christmas!”. In addition to the Rachmaninoff, we will play Floriano Canali’s La Stella, an instrumental piece based on the popular Italian song La Girometta. We will get to know the tune first by playing through a very simple two-part setting, and then move on to Canali’s lovely four-part setting (which I hope to double at 8-foot pitch). We’ll finish off with two Susato dances: La Morisque and Il estoit une fillette.