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Musicians' Day Schedule and Classes

TimeClassroom ACentral hallClassroom B
Fri. 7:00 PM Site opens; Banchetto Musicale

Sat. 8:00 AMBreakfast
Sat. 9:00 AMMorning Warmup
Sat. 10:00 AMThe 1500 Club Open for pick-up jammingCarnival Songs
Sat. 11:00 AMItalian Survey Loud Band
Sat. 12:30 PMLunch
Sat. 1:30 PMInternational Gothic Open for pick-up jammingGamba Jam
Sat. 3:00 PMOrnamentation Voices and Viols
Sat. 4:00 PMHistoria en Canciones Monophonic Music
Sat. 5:00 PMReset furniture Dinner set-upReset furniture
Sat. 6:00 PMFeast
Sat. 7:30 PMClean-up
Sat. 8:00 PMBanchetto Musicale
Sun. 1:00 AMQuit playing and go to bed already

Sun. 8:00 AMBreakfast
Sun. 9:00 AMBanchetto Musicale
Sun. 12:00 PMSo longFarewellAuf Wiedersehen, adieu

Class Descriptions

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 of fun.

Morning Stretch and Warm-Up (Lady Judith fitzHenry)

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 Isabeau d'Orleans)

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 Darras)

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. John Elys)

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 John Elys)

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 Spain's CASTILE's 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 sndsfnny@msn.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 dot org
Stephen Bloch / Master John Elys / webmaster@ostgardr.org