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The Viola de Gamba Society of Greater New York Presents

Back to Back Bach: Two Mini-Workshops
Directed by Lucy Bardo

Tuition: $45 for players, $20 for auditors. Scholarships are available; contact VdGSTreas@verizon.net.
All attendees must be current members of the Viola da Gamba Society of Greater New York.
Dues are $20 for individuals, $30 for families, and $15 for students;
our current membership year started on Sept. 1, 2015.

Lucy Bardo will offer two classes exploring music of J. S. Bach on Saturday, January 23, 1:30 to 4:00 pm (polyphony workshop) and Sunday, January 31, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm (harmonization workshop). Music can be requested by PDF file or U.S. mail once the enrollment is determined. Venue: TBA (Manhattan).

The class on January 23rd will immerse players in hefty chunks of music from Bach’s early career (1709-1712), the Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor for organ, and two from the latest years of his life. These are the 6-part Ricercare from the Musical Offering based on the “royal theme” of Frederick the Great, and a 4-part Contrapunctus from the Art of Fugue. These are theoretical works but are theoretical only in that no instrumentation is indicated and that they represent the pinnacle of a busy life in musical activity and creativity. The Passacaglia and Fugue is clearly a composition for organ, and the Ricercare and the Contrapunctus are also claimed by keyboardists. However, we viol players can claim them as well. What instruments other than viols offer the sound quality, the transparency and the joy of having a polyphonic/fugal conversation with other players?! This music is made available to viol players via arrangements made by Richard Boothby, Peter Ballinger and Lucy Bardo. This class is recommended for Upper Intermediate and Advanced players, but intermediate and lower intermediate players with an interest in Bach’s counterpoint are urged to audit.

The repertoire for January 31 will present an opportunity to play and marvel at the various ways Bach harmonizes a chorale tune by studying several of the more familiar ones for which Bach made different harmonizations. We’ll investigate how an effective harmonization is created by starting with the simple tune and then gradually adding the various other three parts. Christoph Wolff writes that “Bach’s chorale writing is characterized by the ‘speaking quality’ of the part-writing and the harmonies….meaning that they aim to be a direct interpretation of the text.” We will consider the text as well. This class is recommended for Intermediate and Lower Intermediate players.

Lucy Bardo is a long-time member of Calliope: A Renaissance Band and the Berkshire Bach Society, and performed for over 40 years with the New York Consort of Viols. Over the years she was a guest artist with many organizations including Musica Viva, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. In 2013 she played viola da gamba in an on-stage band for a production of Handel's Giulio Ceasare in Egitto at the Met.

She has appeared as viola da gamba soloist for the Bach Passions with many choral organizations including the Washington D.C. Choral Arts Society and the Berkshire Choral Festival. In the summer of 2005 she was the music director for and appeared in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Her recording credits include Nonesuch, Vanguard, Telarc, Musical Heritage, Columbia, Summit, Equilibrium and Lyrachord. She teaches viola da gamba and the Early Music Collegium at Simons Rock College as well as gamba and cello privately. She is the editor of two publications for viola da gamba: the J. S. Bach Art of the Fugue and Le Nymphe di Rheno by Johann Schenck for viola da gamba duo.
Reminder: You must be a paid-up member of the Society in order to register for this event.

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There are two ways to register for the workshop, either by mail, downloading the registration form from the link below, or by using the online registration form at the bottom of this page. If you are registering on line please note in the "Comments" section if you're paying dues by check/US mail (rather than on-line).

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Fill out the form and mail it to VdGS/GNY, 99 Bank St. # 2R, New York, NY 10014. Enclose a check for tuition and (if not already paid) membership dues, made out to VdGS/GNY. Registrations must be received by Wednesday, Jan.20 and Wednesday, Jan.27, respectively.
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