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Viola da Gamba Society—New England
Autumn Workshop 2014

The Dow Part Books
Music for Voices and Viols from Tudor

All Saints Episcopal Church
17 Clark Street
Belmont Mass. 02478

Workshop Date: November 8, 2014

Music Directors: Jane Hershey and Hannah Davidson
Coordinator: Sybil Kevy

This workshop, open to viol players and singers, will focus on music from the Dow Part Books. Compiled in a beautiful hand by Robert Dow in the 1580s, the MS includes motets, hymns, psalms, secular songs and instrumental music in five parts by Byrd, Tallis, Parsons, White, Taverner and their contemporaries (mostly English, though Lassus, for example, is represented by three compositions). If there is enough interest there will be classes for those who would like to try reading from the facsimile, which uses challenging clefs and has no bar lines. Workshop faculty will include Convivium’s director, Michael Barrett, and Hannah Davidson, as well as Jane Hershey, Laura Jeppesen, Alice Robbins and Emily Walhout, all of whom were coaches for Ellen Powers’ weekly ”Mezzo-Forte Viol Consort” from 1984-2009. As always, beginners are welcome.

The vocal group Convivium Musicum, with members of the workshop faculty, will present a concert devoted to music from the Dow Part Books at 7:00 at All Saints church. The concert, which is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception, is co-sponsored by Powers Music School as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, and as a remembrance of Ellen Powers, a founding member of both the School and VdGS-NE. To learn about Powers, visit 

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