Currently residing in Vienna, this extraordinarily legible set of manuscript partbooks contains music that was still popular around 1530, even though several of the best-represented composers had long since passed on. Curiously, it postdates the beginnings of printed music by some 30 years. Perhaps commissioned by or dedicated to Ludwig Senfl, it contains music by him and other influential composers of the time: Senfl’s teacher Heinrich Isaac, Josquin, Paul Hofhaimer, Pierre de la Rue, and many others. The three-to five-part music, primarily instrumental, primarily secular, presents a retrospective of high-Renaissance polyphonic style. We’ll look at the key features of that style and how they translate to modern transcriptions.
Pat and Doug will present the pieces on recorders at A=440, 4’ pitch; you can join on any part you wish, any instrument you wish, reading from modern transcriptions or from the partbooks themselves. It’s a rare opportunity to take the plunge into reading from early notation, in the privacy of your own boudoir or studio! Open to: all Pitch: A= 440.