Viola da Gamba
Winter Workshop 2014
University, Waltham MA
Sunday, January 12,
Gillespie, Larry Lipnik,
consort music was deeply
influenced by the distinctive musical language of church
polyphony—the masses and motets sung by men and boys as part
the liturgy. Even after the Reformation pushed Catholic ritual music
underground, the style persisted in publications by Byrd and Tallis, in
the select English chapels that were allowed to continue to celebrate
in Latin, and in manuscripts of music for both voices and viols. Many
of the 16th C. English manuscripts that contain consort music, in fact,
also contain motets (and occasionally masses!) by English and
continental composers, some copied without words—a practice
suggests instrumental performance.
This workshop will use viols to explore the beautiful and diverse music
of the English church (both Catholic and Protestant). Class offerings
will focus on fabulous music that is less well known to modern viol
players but that was of central importance in the development of
consort music’s musical idioms.
Class Offerings included:
Eton Choir Book.
from the first years of the 16th century, the ECB is one of the few
surviving collections of pre-Reformation English polyphony. Come tangle
with these complex and beautiful pieces from the
generation of the very earliest Tudor composers. 5-8 advanced players
published and unpublished volumes of “canons to the
plainsong”—multi-part imitative pieces composed
of chant—present something of a mystery: are they virtuosic
compositional miniatures? Disguised secret Catholic code? Practice
pieces for young musicians? Explore this fun and fascinating repertory
of musical brain teasers. Any number, any level.
When David Heard.
Spend a period with the famous settings byWeelkes and Tomkins of this
amazing text. 5 intermediate-advanced players.
Choice Psalms. Enjoy
tuneful 4-part Psalm settings by a who’s who of Elizabethan
composers (Tallis, Dowland, Farmer, Kirbye, etc.). These pieces are
musically approachable and distinctly English with their sweet
harmonies and aching cross relations. Doubling possible. 4-8 Advanced
beginner-Lower intermediate players.
Byrd’s earliest published sacred music as well as works by
Tallis from their collaborative 1575 publication, Cantiones Sacrae.
From Motet to Fantasy.
Trace the evolution from vocal to instrumental style with works by
Byrd, Parsons, Taverner and Tallis.
Great Motets from the
This justly famous collection of 5 partbooks contains gorgeous music by
composers including Byrd, White, Tye, and Tallis and represents a high
water mark of Tudor polyphony. Facsimiles will be available for those
who would like to read from original notation.
published three masses—one each a3, a4, and a5—that
wonderful on viols. Doubling possible. LI-UI.
This is the Record of
Gibbons’ anthems combine the sobriety of the liturgical style
with the composers’ unique tunefulness and rhythmic vitality.
Everyone will play, some may also sing (please specify if
like to sing as well as play and tell us your vocal range). 5-6
intermediate to advanced players.
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