Gayle Neuman, a performer on violin, recorder, sackbutt, and many
other instruments, is also a vocalist who has received international
acclaim for her recordings of the “Song of Seikilos,” (which was
played in a TED talk by Michael Tilson Thomas), the “Chorus from
Orestes,” and others upon the release of Ensemble De Organographia’s
CD Music of the Ancient Greeks. Several of the tracks from that
recording have also appeared in the Norton Scores Recorded Anthology
of Western Music, and numerous films and television programs. She appears as herself in the award-winning film, “Buddymoon” and recorded music for the recent remake of Ben-Hur.
She composed and arranged music for the 2015 production of “Mary Stuart” directed by Elizabeth Huffman for Northwest Classical Theatre. She has performed for audiences in the U.S., Japan, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Canada, Norway, Germany, and for members of the royal family in Jordan. She co-founded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, now in its 30th season. Gayle has played under the baton of Monica Huggett and Ton Koopman. She teaches Recorder, Collegium Musicum and Renaissance Song classes at Portland’s Community Music Center, and has given workshops and presentations at many institutions including Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Getty Center. She has built with her husband Phil over 400 early wind and stringed instruments including krummhorns, cornamusen, racketts, and vielles.
Welcome to “Zarlino’s Modes”
I’m looking forward to leading the next PRS session on Sunday, March 14th which will feature a look at how the modes were viewed from a renaissance perspective. We will play a fun variety of pieces in each of the modes and discuss what the famous music theorist Gioseffo Zarlino has to say in his monumental music treatise “Le Istitutioni Harmoniche” (1558) about the qualities and uses for each mode.
I will also include a 16th century piece in the mysterious Locrian mode, which was avoided by virtually all early composers because they didn’t believe it to be a true mode since the 5th degree above the final (or tonic) is diminished. Composers will include Isaac, Willaert, Regnart, Senfl, Lasso, and Cornish, and since it will be only a few days before St Patrick’s Day, we will play a medley of two tunes by Turlogh O’Carolan, Ireland’s best known harper-composer of
the late 17th/early 18th Century.
I hope to see you online! Gayle
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“John Peyton & The Landlady” by Turlough O’Carolan