Music for the English Court Recorder Consort played by Mezzaluna (Renaissance recorders).
Although the recorder is probably known primarily as a baroque instrument amongst the general public, it is rather the 16th century, which should actually be considered the golden age of its history. At that time, single recorders were certainly used in mixed ensembles of instruments, but from numerous sources there is clear evidence, that it was especially the homogeneous recorder consort, or "a whoall noyse of recorders", as some English sources would call it, which enjoyed an unprecedented popularity with both amateurs and professionals. The English Court however, constitutes a special case, since it is the only known establishment, where over a period of no less than ninety years, a group of specialized instrumentalists was officially enrolled as recorder players and members of a standing recorder consort: the Royal Recorders.
“The Children of Orpheus: How Composers Receive Ancient Texts”
Deadline: 26 JAN 2010!
The American Philological Association's Outreach Panel for the 2011 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, January 6-9, 2011, invites papers that discuss texts set to music from 1400 to the present that are based on, or influenced by, ancient Greek or Latin literature, and analyze how their creators engaged with these texts through direct setting, adaptation, translation, or alteration. Subjects might include, but are not limited to,song-cycles, operas, oratorios, cantatas, hymns, film scores, or popular music.
During this new laboratory, the instructors will acquaint (pre) professional musicians with particular playing techniques, instruments and the 19th-century repertoire including some lesser-known works. You’ll play the instruments coached by the following members of the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées: Alain De Rudder, Luc Bergé, Wim Becu and Marc Girardot. A19th-century instrument can be borrowed for the duration of the lab.
Works by Jean François Victor Bellon, Antoine Simon, Félicien-César David, … will be performed.
(BE) International Masterclass Wim Becu, Director - Polyhymnia Caduceatrix & Panegyrica by Michael Praetorius (Nov. 1-7, 2010)
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