ONLINE Memorial Day Weekend Workshop

May 29 & 30, 2021

Directed by Valerie Horst

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Take all six sessions, and get free shipping when you order AEM's new publication 'Canti B' - Available in late May, early June!

SCHEDULE
Saturday May 29  Class times are Eastern Daylight Time

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. The Elephant in the Room: Taming the Low Recorders with Antony Holborne with James Young, recorder
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  Tombeau and Lament: an Interactive Master Class in Works of Froberger and Louis Couperin with Peter Sykes, harpsichord
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Music from Petrucci’s Canti B in Renaissance and Modern Notation with Patricia Petersen and Douglas Young, recorders
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Pieces En Trio - Minus One: Play Marais in Real Time with the Heart of Tempesta di Mare - Gwyn Roberts, recorder/flute and Richard Stone, lutes
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Love in Arcadia: Madrigals by John Wilbye for viols and voices with Brent Wissick, viol

Sunday May 30  Class times are Eastern Daylight Time

11:00 - 12:30 p.m. Talk: “So What’s New?” Eric Haas, with Wendy Powers, moderator (FREE!)
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Sound the Bright Flutes! Medieval & Renaissance Music for Renaissance Flute Ensemble with Deborah Booth, Renaissance flute
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  ❦  “Music for the Winter Queen:” Viol consort pieces by Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Lupo with Mary Springfels, viol
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.The French Estampie: Dances for Harps and All Melody Instruments with Christa Patton, harp
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Renaissance Recorders: Play Consort Music with the Dynamic Duo Letitia Berlin and Frances Blaker, recorders
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Workshop Finale: Songs of Jubilation! Sacrae Symphoniae of Giovanni Gabrieli for Six to Twelve voices, with Lawrence Lipnik, viol and recorder

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Saturday, May 29, 2021
The Elephant in the Room: Taming the Low Recorders with Antony Holborne with James Young
1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific Time)
Explore the five-part consort music from Holborne’s Pavans, Galliards, Almains, and other Short Aeirs (1599) using 8-foot pitch recorders. We’ll be playing from Tenor on downward with a focus on how to make the lower recorders work together most effectively, at slower and faster tempi, in a consort setting. Higher recorders are also encouraged to join this class for playing along and learning how best to cooperate with our friendly elephants! Open to: recorders. Pitch: A=440.

Tombeau and Lament: an Interactive Master Class in Works of Froberger and Louis Couperin with Peter Sykes
1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific Time)
In an in-person live session, two performers will each work with Professor Sykes on one of these eloquent and moving pieces. But do locate yourselves at your harpsichord during the class, because periodically all the participants will be invited to try certain passages, applying the same techniques/approaches being asked of the performer. Open to: harpsichord. Pitch: A=415.

Music from Petrucci’s Canti B in Renaissance and Modern Notation with Patricia Petersen, Douglas Young
3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (12:00 p.m. Pacific Time)
Join us as we celebrate not only this extraordinary publication of 1501/2 but also—ta daa-- the publication of Amherst Early Music’s brand-new modern edition, edited by Dan Stillman with notes by David Fallows! Canti B contains music by most of the stellar “Josquin Generation”—Compere, Obrecht, Ghiselin, Brumel, La Rue, and the big J himself. You may play from facsimiles of the original, or scores from the new edition, or both. Open to: recorders; other instruments welcome with the caveat that all sound tracks will sound an octave up from written pitch. Pitch: A=440.

Pieces En Trio Minus One: play Marais in real time with the heart of Tempesta di Mare: Gwyn Roberts, recorder/flute; Richard Stone, lutes
3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (12:00 p.m. Pacific Time)
We’ll play and talk our way through a French suite (Marais’ Second Suite in G Minor from his Pièces en Trio) with lute continuo, including ornamentation, notes inégales, dance rhythms and tempi, communication between treble and bass, and the many ways in which a continuo player can tell the treble players what to do without saying a word. Open to: All treble and continuo instruments are welcome to play along. Pitch: A=415

Love in Arcadia: madrigals by John Wilbye for viols and voices with Brent Wissick
5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time)
Spend some of your Memorial Day weekend in the beautiful land of Arcadia, where Cloris and Amintas disport themselves in gay abandon and are celebrated in these madrigals by Wilbye. We will study details of the texts and the voices of each madrigal, and then you can play along with video recordings made by my university viol students. Open to: viols, voices; wind instruments are welcome to join. Pitch: A=415

Sunday, May 30, 2021
Talk: “So What’s New?” with Eric Haas, with Wendy Powers, moderator
(FREE!)
11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time)
Eric will show and discuss the latest in music and instruments at the Von Huene Shop. He will also take questions from everyone, about everything. Interesting, informative, and useful! Everyone registered for the class is invited to this talk, and will receive the link, others can sign up here!

Sound the Bright Flutes! Medieval & Renaissance Music for Renaissance Flute Ensemble with Deborah Booth
1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific Time)
Celebrate this unique 2021 Springtime with music of solace, healing, and joy. After a very focused flute warm-up, we will play three- and four-part pieces for flutes in G, D, C, & large G. Composers will include Landini, Dufay, Arcadelt, & Claudin de Sermisy. Open to: Renaissance flutes; other melody instruments are welcome to join. Pitch: A=440.

“Music for the Winter Queen:” Viol consort pieces by Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Lupo with Mary Springfels
1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific Time)
Princess Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James I, was wedded to Frederick the Elector Palatine, just in time for the onset of the Thirty Years' War. She was Electress for only a few chilly months, hence the rueful epithet. Elizabeth was a devotee of music and the theater. We will play music associated with her marriage celebration by Gibbons and Lupo. Geared to: viols. Pitch: A=415.

The French Estampie: dances for harps and all melody instruments with Christa Patton
3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (12:00 p.m. Pacific Time)
These timeless and finely crafted pieces from the 12th and 13th centuries run the gamut from an intimate, sinuous dance of veils to an earthy celebration of movement. The soundtrack will have recorder and harp, but you may join on any plucked, blown, or bowed instrument. Those who wish can just play the melody, but we will also explore how to enhance these melodies with ornaments, drones and other sonorities.

Renaissance Recorders: Play Consort Music with the Dynamic Duo: Letitia Berlin and Frances Blaker
3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (12:00 p.m. Pacific Time)
In pieces by Ruffo, Senfl, Du Fay, and that ever-present composer, Anonymous, Tish and Frances will delve into issues of style and technique – where to breathe, best choice of articulations, how to bring forth soaring lines and sparkling fast notes. N.B.: Perfect unanimity of opinion on these matters is NOT guaranteed! Geared to: Pitched primarily for Renaissance recorders, but all recorders are welcome. Pitch: A=440.

Workshop Finale: Songs of Jubilation! Sacrae Symphoniae of Giovanni Gabrieli for Six to Twelve Voices with Lawrence Lipnik
5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time)
By the miracle of the internet, our early music community has come through this pandemic year together! Let us celebrate with transcendent multi-choir motets and majestic canzoni as they may have sounded in the Venetian Scuola Grande di San Rocco, who miraculously healed the victims of plague. Open to: Recorders, viols, reeds, all welcome. For singers: the motets are texted; on the canzoni, just scat-sing, jubilantly. Pitch: A=440.