- Banchetto Musicale (coordinated by our crack
team of cat-herders)
Informal sightreading of large-scale works of Renaissance
polyphony, for voices, recorders and bowed strings. Lots of music, lots
- Morning Stretch and Warm-Up (Lady Judith
We can't overemphasize the need to warm up before performing.
Lady Judith will lead us in exercises to gently coax our bodies
and minds into safe, energetic performing motion.
Start your morning properly and get ready for a day of fruitful learning.
- The 1500 Club (Lady
A recorder repertoire session exploring the magnificent music of
the late 15th and early 16th century. We will play pieces by Josquin,
Isaac, de la Halle and others. We will start out with completely modern
notation, then venture into some semi-open ledger and finish with a
piece from the original notation for those brave enough to try
(don't worry, there will be modern notation copies as well!).
- Carnival Songs and Frottole (Master Christopher
Songs of carnival tend to be of easy to moderate difficulty.
Canti carnascialeschi are late 15th/early 16th century
Florentine partsongs consisting of mascheratas (performed by
masked men and boys), carri and trionfi (sung from
floats). Texts of the mascheratas and carri often
feature double entendre. Frottole are often regarded as a successor to
the canti carnascialeschi and predecessor to the madrigal (and
besides, we needed a reason to get Josquin in here somewhere). This is
primarily a music reading/performing session with next to no lecture.
Primarily voices, with instrumentalists also welcome.
- Survey of Italian Secular Polyphonic Music
(Doña Sol la Cantor)
An exploration of polyphonic non-religious Italian music from the
14th-16th centuries. A little history, some merry music-making.
Sight-reading or sight-singing skills are useful. Italian language
skills not required.
- Loud Band (Mistress Deonna von Aachen)
Be heard. Bring shawms, trombones, cornetti, & other loud winds,
or come & listen as we rattle the rafters with this rather distinctive
sound. Repertoire varies depending on participants.
- International Gothic: a Musical Travelogue (M.
Composers in the 14th and 15th centuries got around. Although
there were styles distinctive to individual countries, there was also a
lot of imitation and cross-pollination. We'll read late 14th and early
15th century pieces from England, France, Italy, Spain, the Low
Countries, Eastern Europe, and Cyprus. Recorders and other soft
instruments, in modern notation.
- Gamba Jam (Magistra Rufina Cambrensis)
Sport sightreading for violas da
gamba, with an emphasis on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century polyphony. If
you have a piece you'd like to share, please bring several copies. A few
loaner viols may be available for people who already play,
but do not own a viol.
Vielles also welcome; players of other period bowed strings should
check with Rufina. Tune to A=440.
- Improvising and Ornamenting Dance (and Other) Music (Master
Period techniques and idioms for ornamenting existing pieces and
improvising variants thereon. We'll use largely, but not exclusively,
dance music as starting points. Bring a recorder, viol, harp, voice,
or other melody instrument that you play fluently.
- Voices and Viols (Faculty TBA)
Singers and violas da gamba -- two great sounds that sound
great together! We'll focus on the part-songs of John Dowland
and friends, but we may look at pieces from other repertoires, as well.
Sightsinging a plus for singers, but not essential.
Viols should tune to A=440.
- Una Historia en Canciones: A Story in Song
(Lady Judith FitzHenry)
The Cancionero Musical de Palacio of
Ferdinand and Isabella contains songs on a number of topics, such as
celebration, conquest, worship, national mourning, and of course, love.
We will look at a series of songs which illustrate "The Twists And
Turns Of Love", including The Approach ("Olládeme, Gentil Dona..."),
The Persuasion ("Más Vale Trocar"),
The Tryst ("Al Alva Venida"),
The Disaster ("Antonilla es Desposada"),
The Confirmation ("Dindirindin"),
The Grief ("La Bella Malmaridada") and
The...Uh...Consolation of Grief (?) ("Tres Morillas").
For the sight-singing-challenged, sheet music (for four of these songs)
is online--contact me at email@example.com for links.
Packets will also be provided on the day.
- Monophonic Music: Sources and
Interpretations (Master Arden of Icomb)
Looking at various sources of monophonic music (from Gregorian
chant to chansons to cantigas and laudarios) and discussions of how to
present that music, both as historical reconstruction, and as "modern"
entertainment. Ideas on embellishment, use of drones, percussion, and
other elements to enliven a simple tune, with commentary on what of that
might have been used when and where historically.
D. Peters / Magistra Rufina Cambrensis / seahorse at ostgardr
Stephen Bloch / Master John Elys / firstname.lastname@example.org