Weekend Classes for August start this weekend. DETAILED CLASS DESCRIPTIONS FOR AUGUST HERE! Registration opens each Monday for the weekend classes! REGISTER now for August 8 and 9!
Join us for AEM ONLINE classes each weekend! Register for any number of sessions - classes are $25 per session. After you register, you will receive an email with a link to a webpage for each class, where you can access music and any other class materials, along with the Zoom session link. Class sessions run 90 minutes, with 15 minutes for introductions and last-minute tech help, and 75 minutes of class time. Class sessions are offered using the Zoom meeting app, or your web browser. Participants new to Zoom are encouraged to attend the Zoom tutorial on: Friday August 7, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (1:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time). If for any reason a class doesn’t work for you, please let us know, and we will refund your registration fee.
SCHEDULE AUGUST 8 & 9 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Saturday, August 8, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Corelli Trio Sonatas with Beth Wenstrom, violin and Hsuan-Wen Chen, harpsichord
As musical tastes and styles changed rapidly during the 17th and 18th centuries, Corelli’s music stood the test of time. He was revered and lauded among his contemporaries and his reputation remained strong for decades to come. Corelli’s sonate da chiesa and sonate da camera set two kinds of models for his trio sonatas. Sonate da chiesa were written with the Catholic liturgy in slow-fast-slow movements, while the sonate da camera were written for entertainment purposes set in various dance movements. Instrumentalists are particularly fond of Corelli’s elegant and virtuosic style, which also serves as the perfect tool for learning Baroque technique. In this class we will demonstrate Baroque violin techniques through exploring two different styles of trio sonatas, talk about the role of continuo, and have fun playing together. Open to: upper intermediate to advanced players of violin, recorder, and other melody instruments, and all continuo players. Pitch: A=415.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Bicinia Sacra: Lutheran Hymns in Original Notation with Mary Springfels
What better way to introduce yourself to 16th-century notation than by playing melodies that are already beloved and familiar? Caspar Othmayr (1515-1553) has provided us with the very thing. Othmayr was an ardent Lutheran who composed a little book of duets designed for student and family use. These bicinia are both accessible and charming. We’ll look at Othmayr’s settings of classic Lutheran hymns: Von Himmel Hoch, Aust Tieffer Not, Christ Lag in Todes Banden, and Ein Feste Burg. You will have access to music, an audio file, texts and translations ahead of the class. Open to: instruments and voices. Pitch: a=440.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Play Bach on Recorders with Tish Berlin
Explore just a few of my favorite works by J. S. Bach, in arrangements for recorders. We could spend the whole class just playing Bach’s harmonizations of Lutheran chorale tunes, but we’ll focus on just one, then move on to a fugue that’s not in the Art of Fugue (!), and finish with an arrangement of the bass aria Bestelle dein Haus from Cantata 106 - Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit. Open to: intermediate to advanced recorders. Some of the music will be at an advanced level. Other instruments are welcome if you play treble and/or bass clefs. Pitch: A=440.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Free Your Voice and Challenge Your Mind: Singing Chant From Neumes with Anna Lenti, voice
Gregorian chant and other early chant styles represent some of the longest-lasting vocal melodies still sung today. References to the "Dies Irae" chant, for example, abound in classical music. But with modern notation available to you, why learn how to read neumes? Early chant notation not only looks beautiful on the page, but it also matches the soaring, fluid quality of the music itself. Similar to adding barlines in Renaissance music, you lose something when you take away the original notation of chant. In this class, you will learn the basics of reading Gregorian chant in its original notation. After a discussion of the fundamentals, participants will hear some stunning performance examples, and then will put their new reading skills to the test by singing some themselves! Along the way, we will explore the benefits to learning to sing from different notational styles. Open to: all musicians at any level of experience! Pitch: A=440.
UPCOMING AUGUST CLASSES
SCHEDULE AUGUST 15 & 16 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Saturday, August 15, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lachrimae Snackrimae: A lunch-time session on learning to play diminutions with Patricia Ann Neely
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Demystifying the French Baroque with Nina Stern, recorder
Sunday, August 16, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Music for the Bassa Danza with Xavier Díaz-Latorre, lute and guitar
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fleet Fingers Fly Fast! with Frances Blaker, recorder
SCHEDULE AUGUST 22 & 23 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Saturday, August 22, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Just the "Bass"ics: Introduction to Continuo Playing for Viols and Other Low In-struments with Heather Miller Lardin, violone
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. A Certain Obscurity: Musical Puzzles with Wendy Powers
Sunday, August 23, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Bassa Danza with Tanja Skok
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Rhythmic Ideas for Early Music: Adapting Middle Eastern Drum Rhythms for Use with Early Music in 3,4 and 6 pulse cycles with Glen Velez and Loire Cotler