Back to Back Bach: Two Mini-workshops
Directed by Lucy Bardo
In one workshop, students will play and marvel at how Bach built harmonizations upon chorale tunes – several different harmonizations for the same tunes – all the while giving a “speaking quality” to the part-writing and harmonies. The second workshop will give players a chance to have a polyphonic/fugal conversation with each other in some of Bach’s polyphonic masterpieces: the "Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor" for organ, the 6-part "Ricercare" from A Musical Offering, and a 4-part "Contrapunctus" from the Art of Fugue.
Students may take either one or both workshops.
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. (harmonization workshop)
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (polyphony workshop)
All-Day Workshop: The British Are Coming: A Cultural Revolution in Germany
Directed by Patricia Neely with additional faculty.
The influence of the musical forms brought to Northern Germany by expatriate Elizabethan and Jacobean composers such as John Dowland, William Brade, and Thomas Simpson, as reflected in German music.
March or April, 2016 (date to be announced), 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Basic Chording and Improvisation: A Mini-workshop for Basses
Directed by Lisa Terry.
Improvising a bass line using single notes and simple chords, based on English country dance tunes, and finding their counter-melodies and harmonies. Recommended for upper intermediate and advanced players.
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
An afternoon of informal performances by and for members in a comfortable and supportive environment, followed by refreshments, socializing, and consorting for fun.
Sunday, May 8, 2016 (time to be announced)