"In 1998, instrumentalists from the Mannes Collegium Musicum in New York City sought to learn more about the art of continuo (improvising accompaniments from figured bass) in the music of the early Baroque. After just two informal meetings, the growing number of interested musicians revealed the need for formal coaching, necessitating the creation of the New York Continuo Collective. Open to all, regardless of their level of experience and expertise, we now number more than thirty active participants, including singers, and instrumentalists playing baroque harp, cello, gamba, theorbo, lute, guitar, violin, and cornetto. A central tenet of the Collective is that singer and player form an equal partnership in the realization of the music. Through public performances the Continuo Collective hopes to bring the audience into that partnership.
Under the direction of Grant Herreid, Pat O'Brien, Paul Shipper, Jennifer Griesbach, and Charlie Weaver, the Collective conducts weekly sessions in performance practice, in which we examine rhetoric of text, gesture, ornamentation, and phrasing to create a common language for realizing this highly improvised music. In addition, the Collective has offered a number of shorter, specialized classes, including continuo theory, a theorbo seminar, continuo theory and harmony for singers, the Caccini Project, and classes in grounds, dance forms and improvisation. Master classes have been given by Stephen Stubbs, Elizabeth Kenny, Paula Chateauneuf, Karl-Ernst Schroeder, Andrew Lawrence-King, and Judith ... " Visit website for more information. (ed.)
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