Viola da Gamba Society - New England - Spring Workshop
Workshop Date: Saturday April 22nd, 2017

There are 2 ways to Register for the VdGS-NE Spring Workshop:

Method 1)   Click here to Register Online  

Note:  If you register online, payment of all fees for the workshop etc must be sent in advance. Upon receipt of your payment you will be contacted to confirm your participation.  Click here for the fee schedule.  

Method 2)  Click on the link below for the pdf version of the Workshop Flyer.  Then, fill out the paper registration form(s), include your check, and mail everything in to the address immediately below.

Please make your check payable to VdGS-NE and send it to:

Sybil Kevy
154 Plain Rd.
Wayland, MA 01778

pdf document"Getting out of Hand: Expressive Chromaticism on the Viol"
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Getting out of Hand:Expressive Chromaticisim on the Viol

Viola da Gamba Society—New England
Spring Workshop

Getting out of Hand:
Expressive Chromaticism
on the Viol

Trinity Episcopal Church
81 Elm St.
Concord MA 01742

Workshop Date:
Saturday April 22nd, 2017

Music Director: Sarah Mead
Coordinator: Sybil Kevy
Coaches include Ros Stowe and Lisa Terry

Registration Deadline
March 26th, 2017

The well-known pedagogical image of Guido’s Hand encompasses all the notes of the Gamut, the musical alphabet of the Renaissance which was the basis of music from the simplest psalm-tunes to the most complex polyphony. But sometimes it was the notes from outside the Gamut that leant the greatestcolor to the music

Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, the word chromatic or “colored” was used in association with music. In the Renaissance era, the idea of affective “coloration” of notes became associated with the contemporary theory of musica ficta, and eventually with the expressive use of sharps and flats, until the word chromatic came to describe music that used a full range of semitones, pushing the edges of themodal system and creating new and wrenching ways of juxtaposing harmonies.

When we talk of the chromatic music of the 16th century, we tend to think of ear-bending Italian madrigals, exemplified by the work of Gesualdo. But one of the early experimenters with this idea was Orlando di Lasso, whose Prophetiae Sibyllarum has been called the greatest flowering of the avantgarde musica riservata style. In addition to vocal works of Lassus and the Italian and English madrigalists, instrumental composers who experimented with chromaticism included Trabaci, Frescobaldi, Macque, Jarzebski and Tisdall. Such music is an excellent proving-ground for viols, whosefrets force us to stretch our technique in order to wrench the successive chords into tune with themselves.

Our day will begin with a demonstration of some of the charms and challenges of playing chromatic music on viols, followed by coached sessions dedicated to both vocal and instrumental music suited to the level of each class. Pre-formed consorts are welcome to sign up to take up to two periods together; if you request more than one class as a pre-existing group you are asked to come with a chromatic piece already prepared for coaching. As always, there will be a class for beginners if there is enough interest.

For more information contact Sarah Mead 508-655-2497 ( or Sybil Kevy ( or Sybil Kevy 508-358-2097 (

Workshop Schedule:
9:00 - 9:30 Registration and coffee A=415
9:30-10:15 Lecture/Demonstration Please bring a stand
10:30-11:45 Class 1 For scholarship and senior rates, email Sybil Kevy (
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Annual Meeting
1:15 - 2:30 Class 2
2:45 - 4:00 Class 3

Directions to Trinity Episcopal Church
81 Elm Street, Concord, MA 01742

From Route 128 (I-95), take Route 2 West

From the Route 2 Rotary

Click here for a map and more driving directions

Registration Deadline: March 26th, 2017
Late registrations will be accepted only if space is available!

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