Early Music Week at Pinewoods
|7:00-7:30||Tai-Chi for all|
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
The first session of the day is devoted to technique and repertoire in whole consorts grouped by level for recorder, viol, and voice. Recorder teachers include Eric Haas, Dorothy Olsson, Daphna Mor, Pat Petersen, Geert van Gele, Tom Zajac and Joan Kimball and Bob Wiemken, who also teach Renaissance winds.
The first session of the day is devoted to technique and repertoire in whole consorts grouped by level for recorder, viol, and voice. Morning viol teachers include Jane Hershey, Sarah Mead, Dorothy Olsson and Larry Lipkis. In addition, Mary Springfels will work with the Viol Intensive
The first session of the day is devoted to technique and repertoire in whole consorts grouped by level for recorder, viol, and voice. The voice class, with focus on sound production, breathing, phrasing, pronunciation, is led by Ellen Delahanty.
Baroque Chamber Ensembles
The first session of the day is devoted to technique and repertoire in whole consorts grouped by level for recorder, viol and voice. High Intermediate and Advanced players may opt to sign up for a Baroque Chamber Ensemble with Larry Lipkis, Judy Linsenberg or Frances Fitch.
Sephardic Jews and Moors of Medieval Spain with Tim Rayborn
(LI-A) voice, recorder, viol, fiddle, harp, lute, drum
From their homeland in Iberia, the Sephardic Jews emigrated in 1492 to North Africa and the Ottoman Empire, taking with them or later developing an amazing repertoire of poems and songs about all aspects of life. We will play pieces from North Africa, the Balkans and Turkey. We will also focus on music from Medieval Arab Andalusia, Morocco and Tunisia. The Moors ruled parts of Spain for over 700 years, and permanently left their mark in the arts and sciences.
Llibre Vermell with Tom Zajac
(All levels) instruments and voices
The Llibre Vermell (the Red Book) is a collection of devotional materials including ten songs, mostly in praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was produced for the use of pilgrims while visiting the sacred site of the Black Madonna at Montserrat (the serrated mountain) in Catalonia. The collection of dance songs, virelais and one motet has an immediacy and popular appeal rare in 14th-century musical literature.
English Country Dance Essentials with Peggy Vermilya
Essentials of English Country Dance (B and up) with Peggy Vermilya
Welcome to English Country Dancing! If you have never danced in the manner of Jane Austen (and have adored Mr. Darcy from afar) or would like to refresh your memory about the foundations of form and dance lingo, (up, down, above, below, rights and lefts—things are not always what they seem to be—duple and triple minors, persnickety heys, delightful gypsies), this class will chase away those “beginner butterflies” and help you enjoy being in the dances instead of gazing longingly from the sidelines. Joan Kimball, Judy Linsenberg and Les Coquins (those rascals, Julia and Rory Lipkis) will make our daily lessons most merry!
Intermediate English Country Dance with Pat Petersen
Intermediate English Country Dancing with Pat Petersen.
If you are ok with up, down, hands 4, heys, 3 changes of rights and lefts, and triple minors, but sometimes get disoriented in double figures of 8 or crossover heys, this class is for you. By the end of the week, you'll move with more grace and beauty, recover more quickly and easily from momentary lapses, and increase your pleasure in dancing to the ravishing tunes we love so well. Live music provided by Geert van Gele, Jane Hershey and Frances Fitch - how's that for a dance band?
Advanced English Country Dance with Scott Higgs
Advanced English Country Dancing with Scott Higgs. Do you enjoy challenges? We will explore dances that are delightfully fun, but that require alertness and thorough familiarity with ECD figures. Ellen Delahanty, Daphna Mor, Tom Zajac and Larry Lipkis will inspire us to new Terpsichorean heights.
Introduction to Historical Dance with Dorothy Olsson
Introduction to Historical Dance with Dorothy Olsson (All levels)
Simple yet elegant Renaissance and Baroque dances, with a special emphasis on Spanish dances (including a Spanish contradanza), as well as material from other European sources inspired by dances of Spain. Dance musicians: Eric Haas, Bob Wiemken, Mary Springfels and Tim Rayborn. Open to all; please bring soft-soled dance shoes (such as a jazz dance shoe).
|12:00-12:30||Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Diferencias with Jane Hershey
(I-A) All instruments
The blind Spanish organist Cabezon was famous across Europe in the 16th century as a master composer/performer of ‘diferencias,’ or variations upon famous songs of his day. We will explore these pieces, originally written in tablature, as consort repertoire. They also will serve as inspiration for the class in creating our own embellishments and variations upon 16th century songs and bass lines, with Ortiz’ Tratado de Glosas as an additional guide.
A Spaniard in the Works with Sarah Mead
(HI-A) Viols, 8-foot recorders, voices
Why did 16th-century publishers know that adding just one piece by Cristóbal de Morales to a collection of sacred music was guaranteed to boost sales? What was it about the master's motets that made his music a model for composers half a continent away and more than a generation removed? Discover why this Spaniard was so often in the Works!
Bagpipes with Joan Kimball
Post-lunch sleepiness? Brighten up your early afternoon in the beginning/intermediate bagpipe class! Bring along a set of pipes if you already play and have them, or borrow a set of small Renaissance pipes for the week and learn how to coordinate the blowing and squeezing, and the playing of a melody or two.
Villancicos with Larry Lipkis
(I-A) All instruments and voices
Popular Songs from the Age of Ferdinand and Isabella. The repertory will come chiefly from the Cancionero de Palacio and the Cancionero de Uppsala. Composers include Juan del Elcina, Matteo Flecha, and Francisco de la Torre. The class will focus on 3- and 4- part songs on the themes of love, war, and everything in between.
Flemings in Spain with Geert van Gele
(I-A) Viols and recorders
Major Flemish composers, Johannes Ockeghem and Alexander Agricola, both traveled in Spain as musicians from the French king. The cross-pollination between these northern composers and their Spanish counterparts resulted in Flemish chansons with Spanish texts and in the audible influence of Flemish polyphony on Spanish music. The important Segovia manuscript provides the Flemish polyphonic chansons. Additionally, Flemish compositions from the Lerma manuscript will be included.
Renaissance Loud Band in Nueva España with Bob Wiemken
Break out your shawms and dulcians, cornetti and sackbuts, build your chops, warm your mouthpieces and soak your reeds! Pinewoods Renaissance Loud Band wants you for another week of glorious sounds wafting across the campsite! Repertoire will come from the less well known or played, but distinctive, varied and amazing collection of works by composers on American soil. Join us for a south-of-the-border adventure!
How Do I Read This and Should I Try? with Pat Petersen
(I-A) All instruments and voices
Introduction to playing music from original notation. Immerse yourself in the music as it was seen in the 16th century. By the end of the week we'll be playing villancicos, dance music, and perhaps some motets. No experience necessary, but be prepared to work hard. Success guaranteed!
Music from the Montecassino Manuscript with Judith Linsenberg
(I-HI) Recorders, viols, plucked strings and voices
This is an important late 15th-century manuscript preserved at the abbey of Montecassino containing an international repertoire of sacred and secular music that was performed at the Argonese court at Naples. Includes works by French, Italian and Spanish composers, such as Dufay, Binchois, and other lesser-knowns, with some lively Renaissance rhythms!
The Cantigas de Santa Maria with Ellen Delahanty and Tim Rayborn
(All levels) Instruments and voices
The poems of the cantigas, written in Galician-Portuguese during the reign of Alfonso X El Sabio (1221–1284) are either narratives (some very amusing) about the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary, or hymns in her praise. The melodies are hauntingly beautiful, and can be very effectively accompanied by various instruments. We will work out such accompaniments during the class.
All-Camp Collegium with Tom Zajac, Sarah Mead, Dorothy Olsson
(All levels) All campers and faculty
This is a new feature of Pinewoods Early Music week, wherein the whole workshop community will come together to sing, play and dance in consort. Tom Zajac, Sarah Mead and Dorrie Olsson will lead all in a short program of beautiful, rare and exciting songs, dances and sacred works from Spain and Nueva España. All participants will be provided with a souvenir bound copy of all the music that will include scores and parts for all the pieces. Campers will need to commit to one section of Collegium: voice, instrument or dance.
|5:30-6:20||Free time: Informal camper readings, Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|8:15-10:00||All Camp Dance|
August 11 - 18, 2012
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The Iberian Spirit: Spain, Portugal and the Hispanic Diaspora.
Our program offers musical challenges and opportunities to players and singers at every level, from highly experienced to those who are just beginning. From morning technique and consort classes to afternoon special topic ensembles, we will play and sing music from the vibrant Middle Ages to the virtuosic Baroque.
- If you've never played a musical instrument (but wish you could) or if you studied music years ago (and fear you've forgotten everything), there are classes to get you started or to help brush off the rust. Introductory classes are offered in recorder and viol.
- Singers of all abilities will benefit from singing class, chorus and mixed ensembles with instruments.
- Dancers and dance teachers can learn an instrument and participate in the daily dance classes and the nightly dance parties.
Advanced and intermediate players and singers have a wide array of classes from which to choose, led by an outstanding and dedicated performing faculty. Our staff features active professionals and acclaimed teachers of early winds (recorders, reeds and brass), strings (viols and violin), harpsichord and voice. Dancers will also find a wealth of activity, including high-level technique classes, challenging ensembles and historical dance. In addition to our music classes, we relax with two ponds for swimming or canoeing, a Camphouse deck for summer reading, afternoon tea and lots of wonderful dancing.
Also offered during this week: Viol Intensive Course (with program director Mary Springfels). Separate registration is required.