We are pleased to announce our 2022-2023 online Seminar Series in Early Music Performance.
Each of the ten seminars for 2022-2023 include an historical lecture and an opportunity to play music that is sent in advance to all who register. Seminars are priced at $30 each.
Fall 2022 Seminars with Lewis R. Baratz
October 17, 2022. Music (“diverse, brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable”) of the Loeillet Cousins, Jean Baptiste Loeillet de Gant (1688-c1720) and John Loeillet of London, (1680-1730) Recorder Virtuosi of the early 18th Century. Led by Lewis R. Baratz, Music and Artistic Director of La Fiocco, period instrument ensemble, accompanied by Benjamin Berman on harpsichord.
November 21, 2022. Rhetoric in Musical Expression in the late 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries. We will focus on melodic devices and ornamentation based on rhetorical principles. Led by Lewis R. Baratz.
December 19, 2022. Musical Traditions of Ireland and the Tin Whistle. Interpreting Irish folk music. Bring your soprano, or tin whistle in D, or purchase an inexpensive tin whistle in D online, made by Generations, from Lark in the Morning Guitar Center, or even a Walmart Superstar. Good for beginners, only about $12. Led by Lewis Baratz, with Nathan Bishop, violinist and Irish fiddler.
Winter 2023 Seminar with Alexei Yavtuhovich
- January 16, 2023 - The Fascinating History of the Original Collegium Musicum of Telemann and Bach (1703 - 1723) and (1723-1750). Music – portions of JS Bach Partita No. 2 in D Minor and JS Bach Double Violin Concerto, and Music of Telemann
The original plans for the February, March, and April seminars have changed.
February 20, 2023 - Music for Two. Amy Herbitter, music director and recorderist for the Morris Consort, will lead the seminar. She coaches and conducts playing sessions for chapters of the American Recorder Society in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, as well as teaching guitar, and teaching recorder to individuals and groups remotely.
“Music for Two,” will be an exploration of two-part compositions and arrangements for recorder duet or recorder with acoustic guitar accompaniment. We’ll cover a wide range of composers and styles, from Bach to the Beatles, as well as varied instrument pairings, from S/S and T/B to soprano, alto, or tenor with guitar. Music will include movements from sonatas and dance suites by Handel, Locke, Telemann, and others. Guitar accompaniment will be provided.
March 20, 2023 - Music of Telemann and Quantz At this seminar we will explore two strikingly beautiful pieces of Baroque music written originally, and particularly well for, the alto recorder. In the Telemann we will have the opportunity to play music for two alto recorders together, and enjoy their interplay. We will also investigate his naming of several movements with historical women’s names. In the Quantz we will look at how the composer, an expert on the flute, writes differently for the transverse flute as opposed to the recorder. For the full set list please see the related news post.
April 17, 2023 – A Deeper Dive into the Quantz Trio Soncat in C Major for alto recorder, flute, and continuo. We will explore all four movements, and learn more about such things as phrasing, articulation, ornamentation, form, counterpoint, and breathing. For the full set list please see the related news post.
Spring 2023 Seminars with Lewis Baratz
May 15, 2023 - Medieval Dance Music In this seminar we will explore 13th-century and 14th-century monophonic dance music from France and Italy. We will look specifically at some French Estampies and selections from the famous Italian manuscripts of 1400 preserved today in the British Library as Add. MS 29987, which includes Saltarellos, and Lamento di Tristano and La Manfredina, the last two of which are a pair of related dances, and other monophonic dances. We will examine about eight of these pieces during the seminar.
June 19, 2023 - Medieval Dance Music In this seminar we will continue our exploration of 13th-century and 14th-century monophonic dance music from France and Italy. We will look specifically at some French Estampies and selections from the famous Italian manuscripts of 1400 preserved today in the British Library as Add. MS 29987, which includes Saltarellos, and Lamento di Tristano and La Manfredina, the last two of which are a pair of related dances, and other monophonic dances. We will examine about eight of these pieces during the seminar.
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Donna Messer, President