CityRecorder! 2021

October 23-24, 2021
Registration Now Open!

A 2-day online workshop especially for recorders but all are welcome!
Choose from 11 classes curated by Co-Directors Valerie Horst and Wendy Powers.
Classes recordings will be available for 7 days, so sign up for as many classes as you like! Workshop pitch is A = 440.
Workshop Extras include a Discussion with Eric Haas on Saturday (free for everyone), and a Concert on Sunday with Tom Beets and Joris Van Goethem: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, It's FR2! Classes are $25 each and concert tickets are $10. Join us from wherever you are in the world!


Saturday, October 23

11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time
/ 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Central / 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Pacific
Nina Stern—Playing Medieval Monody. This class will focus on some of my own personal favorites—from a Machaut song to several examples of Cantigas de Santa Maria and estampies. We will play the pieces together and experiment with how to “spice” them up by adding percussion, drones, harmony lines, etc.

Rachel Begley—Live from Hamburg!: Mattheson Directs His Recorder Trios!
Wouldn’t it be fun to go back in time and play recorder trios under the direction of the composer himself?! Rachel Begley channels the extraordinary Johann Mattheson (via his voluminous musical writings) to bring facility, clarity, flow and charm—his musical ideals—to performances of his accessible yet sophisticated Opus 1 sonatas, written for the instrument he believed had the most beautiful sound and dedicated to amateur musicians. Geared to upper intermediate to advanced players.

1:00 — 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 12 :00 – 1 :30 p.m. Central / 10 :00 – 11 :30 a.m. Pacific
Annette Bauer—Josquin Des Prez in Manuscript and Print
This class explores compositions by Josquin in original notation in manuscript and print, from 1480-1550: Ile Fantazies de Joskin from the Casanatense MS (ca. 1480) is one of the first instrumentally conceived polyphonic pieces of that era; the humorous frottola Scaramella va a la guerra from the beautiful decorated manuscript Florence BR 229; the Kyrie of the Missa Hercules Dux Ferrariae, dedicated to Ercole D’Este I (with its secret solfege message), from Book 2 of Petrucci’s Missarum Liber 2 (1505); the French chanson Incessament from Susato’s Septiesme livre (1545) with its striking opening melodic motif in all five parts. Pieces are in duple and triple mensurations.

Anne Timberlake—Fortune, My Foe
After the year we’ve had, it’s time to spend some quality time cursing fate! Fortuna Desperata, or “Desperate Fate,” began life as a secular song and went on to spend three quarters of a century as the raging heart of works by Obrecht, Agricola, Isaac, and others. We’ll sample these works and other fist-shaking classics.

3:00 — 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Central / 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Pacific
Deborah Booth—Harry and Louie Jam
Heinrich Isaac and his student/colleague Ludwig Senfl were among the most important pioneering composers of instrumental polyphony in the early 16th century. Many of their pieces were based on popular tunes of the day. This class will explore some of these challenging works—two settings by Isaac of J’ay pris amours and some canonic works with added decorative parts by Senfl, including Wann ich des Morgens früh aufstehen and Mir ist ein rot Goldfingerlein.

Emily O’Brien—Arranging English Country Dance Tunes
Many of the extraordinarily lovely English Country Dance tunes exist in earlier settings, but are often presented to today’s musicians as a single melody line with chord symbols and no further guidance for how to play them in an ensemble. This class will start with original polyphonic settings, followed by Emily’s own arrangements, and then work on ways to make your own arrangements of these tunes, even on the fly. Since Alastair Thompson is working on an anthology of bass lines for some of these tunes, class will use some of that material as a starting point for creating an ensemble version of your own.

5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. Central / 2:00 p.m. Pacific
Eric Haas—What’s in YOUR Library? Mainstays of the recorder repertoire, masterpieces, and must-have anthologies. Eric Haas’s discussion will highlight some of the most important collections of recorder music, including solos, duets, trios, and more. Questions are welcome! Moderator will be Emily O’Brien. This event is free, and not a playing class. All CityRecorder participants will receive a link to this discussion, others can sign up here!

Sunday, October 24

11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Central / 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Pacific
Tom Beets—Suites for Pipes
In this session we’ll be looking at and playing two pieces by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. We will re-acquaint ourselves with his well-known Suite for Four Pipes as well as discovering his recently found Suite for Two Pipes. Class will play along with Tom, and also with recordings by David Munrow and the Flanders Recorder Guys. For recorders or homemade bamboo pipes! Geared to all levels.

Martin Bernstein—17th-century French Organ Music on Recorders
Hidden inside the dramatic organ works of Couperin, Boyvin and Guilain is an exciting treasure trove of recorder consort repertoire, most of it unexplored by modern players. These pieces also suggest a “new” 17th-century way of thinking about the “pulse” or tactus of music, and can lead to a new technique of expressive ensemble playing and listening. Geared to upper intermediate to advanced recorders.

1:00 — 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 12 :00 – 1 :30 p.m. Central / 10 :00 – 11 :30 a.m. Pacific
Saskia Coolen—The March of Folly
Class will work on Faronell’s Ground, (a setting of La Folia) from The Division Flute. We will discuss the art of playing divisions, also the mysterious French violinist M. Farinel. We will deal with such technical issues as articulation, phrasing, and some embellishments, with some comparison to Corelli’s Folia setting. Geared to all levels. Important: students interested in playing demos should indicate this when they register.

Susan Hellauer--The English Ars Nova
Unlike the 14th-century French composers, who sought notational complexity and chromaticism, English composers were favoring a rich, triadic sound, using song-and-dance style ostinato tenors and imitative textures. We will sample first some 13th-century “Ars Antiqua” polyphony, then turn to the very different English two- and three-voice motets and cantilena of the 14th century, and wind up with a mellifluous early 15th-century English carol. The class will play or sing along with recorded performances by Anonymous 4. Geared to all levels. Voices and other instruments welcome.

3:00 — 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Central / 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Pacific
Tom Beets—All-Workshop Finale
The 17th’s Farewell to Alva is a festive work composed by the celebrated Scottish teachers and composer Brian Bonsor. It was written as a grand finale for the 17th National Recorder Festival that took place in the town of Alva in 1989. It is a medley of Scottish songs of farewell scored for sopraninos down to contrabasses, all divisi. We’ll be working in detail on the various sections, playing along with various recordings. Great bass parts are provided in both treble and bass clef. Preparation in advance is not needed.

5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:00 p.m. Central / 2:00 p.m. Pacific
Concert: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, It’s FR2!
Joris and Tom of the Flanders Recorder Quartet have teamed up together during lockdown to make their first recorder duet CD. The gentlemen are presenting snippets of their album during this pre-recorded concert. It promises to be a varied evening of expected and unexpected repertoire! Ticket price is $10, add your ticket when you register for classes, or you can purchase individual tickets here!

Fees: Classes are $25 each, the Concert is $10 and
Discussion with Eric Haas is free!