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SCHEDULE FEBRUARY 27 & 28 (Eastern Standard Time)

Saturday, February 27
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (10:00 a.m. Pacific)  Lecture: An Introduction to the Leuven Chansonnier with Scott Metcalfe
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (noon Pacific)  Playing Our Way Through Terpsichore, with Letitia Berlin, recorder

Sunday, February 28
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (10:00 a.m. Pacific) Dancing our Way through Terpsichore with Dorothy Olsson and Peggy Murray
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (noon Pacific)  Madrigals as Means with Gail Ann Schroeder, viol


Saturday, February 27, 2021

Lecture: An Introduction to the Leuven Chansonnier with Scott Metcalfe
1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (10:00 am Pacific Time)
In November 2014 a small manuscript book of music was sold at auction in Brussels as part of a lot. A year later the book was brought to the Alamire Foundation in Leuven, Belgium, where it was quickly recognized as a hitherto unknown, complete and intact songbook from the late fifteenth century—the most important discovery of fifteenth-century polyphonic music in nearly a century. The book was eventually purchased by the King Baudouin Foundation and deposited on permanent loan with the Alamire Foundation in Leuven’s Park Abbey.
The Leuven Chansonnier appears to have been copied in central France in the years around 1465-75. It contains fifty songs, all without ascription to a composer, including works by the leading composers of the day—Ockeghem, Busnoys, and their contemporaries—and a dozen songs which were previously unknown. Among the latter are songs that quote Ockeghem’s Ma maistresse and Quant de vous seul and a four-voice song that bears a musical “fingerprint” associated with Busnoys. This talk will introduce the Leuven Chansonnier and its contents, take a close look at a group of songs related by allusion and quotation, and trace the “fingerprint” in music by Busnoys and anonymous.
Artistic director of Blue Heron, Scott Metcalfe edited the twelve unique songs in the Leuven Chansonnier for the Alamire Foundation; he participated in several days of study of the manuscript and its contents at the Foundation’s House of Polyphony in Leuven’s Park Abbey; and he was invited to attend international conferences on the Leuven Chansonnier in New York City (2017) and Antwerp (2018). In Antwerp he gave a paper on editing the poetic texts and music of the unique songs. One of the unica, En atendant vostre venue, appears on Blue Heron’s recently released CD Johannes Ockeghem: Complete songs, vol. 1.

Playing our Way through Terpsichore with Letitia Berlin, recorder
3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (12:00 p.m. Pacific Time)
Explore this 1612 publication of mostly French dances compiled and arranged by Michael Praetorius. No boring inner parts here - Praetorius took the beautiful dance tunes written by French dancing masters and added fun and imaginative inner and bass parts for the dance band at the ducal court of Wolffenbüttel. We’ll work on bransles, a gavotte, bourée, the famous Pavane de Spaigne, a galliard, and a courant, paying attention to articulation, phrasing, breathing, style, and a brief foray into Praetorius' variation examples at the end of the publication. Be sure to sign up for Dancing Our Way through Terpsichore too - there’s nothing like actually dancing these dances to understand the music. Open to: intermediate to advanced recorders and other melody instruments. Pitch: A=440.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Dancing Our Way Through Terpsichore with Dorothy Olsson and Peggy Murray
1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific Time)
Join us for a dancing trip through Michael Praetorius’ Terpsichore (1612), a compendium of French dance music. We will teach enjoyable dances (including branles, gavotte, bourree, and courante) set to music from this delightful collection. Open to: this is a class for dancers but all steps will be taught, and all are welcome! Pitch: variable.

Madrigal as Means with Gail Ann Schroeder, viol
3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (12:00 p.m. Pacific Time)
The Italian madrigal, which lies at the heart of viol consort music, will be our means as we explore how to play expressively, bringing out the rhythm and nuance of text with our bows. Using vocal and instrumental pieces by Andrea Gabrieli, Marenzio and Ward, our goal is to learn how to produce a beautiful singing tone, as well as execute commonly found rhythmic motifs from the madrigal repertoire with efficiency and grace. Open to: This combination technique and play-along class is for treble, tenor and bass viol players, levels intermediate and up. Pitch: A=415.


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