English Dance Musicians Course at Early Music Week
June 26 - July 3, 2014
Held during Early Music Week at Pinewoods.
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Peter Barnes has been playing more instruments, in more genres, in more interesting locations, for longer than most of us can remember. Averaging over 250 gigs per year, he currently plays in the Latter Day Lizards, Bare Necessities, Big Bandemonium, Dark Carnival and Yankee Ingenuity. Peter also keeps himself busy with teaching, recording, publishing music books, composing and crafting wooden whistles.
With its wide variety and long history, English traditional dance music is infinitely rewarding to play, ranging in feel from classical to jazzy to barn-dance styles. Knowing how to play for a dance event with so many differing musical possibilities is the challenge and the joy of the ECD musician. Please join me as we learn about and practice repertoire as well as harmonizing, improvisation, phrasing, ornamentation, tempo selection and maintenance, working with callers and the skills of ensemble playing (without having your band sound like mush).
This course will present ideas, tunes and concepts in the 90 minute class each morning. In a daily afternoon class, there is an opportunity to implement those ideas in supervised small band settings.
Our emphasis will be on playing. Participants should be able to competently sight-read new music at an appropriate tempo on their instrument. Come learn what you need to know to start or be in an English dance band. As we explore both the beautiful and the comical in the dance-playing art, you'll probably have fun as well!
This course, held concurrently with Early Music Week, is an exciting opportunity to be in a musician-focused environment, where others will be working on technique, period style and improvisation. As part of Early Music Week, English Dance Musicians Course participants will have a chance to join one of the three graded, daily English country dance classes, to be reminded of the music from the "user's end". Early Music Week offers a number of options for the rest of the afternoon (including practice time), as well as dancing and concerts in the evenings.
-- Peter Barnes, Program Director
Small group ensembles will work with The Barnes Book of English Country Dance Tunes (both Volumes), available from CDSS and at the camp bookstore.
This course is limited to 12 participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 17, there will be a lottery of qualified applicants, with preference given to musicians with experience playing for English country dance. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Early Music Week, if you did not get a space in the course. Scholarships are available.
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|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|8:30-8:50||General Morning Warmup and Recorder Warm-up|
|9:00-10:30||English Dance Musicians Course|
Advanced English Country Dance (A)
with Graham Christian, Music by: Peter Barnes
We will explore some of the social dance masterpieces of the period 1650-1750 to be featured in the forthcoming book, The Playford Assembly, as well as thinking about timing and phrasing in dance together. For those with thorough familiarity with English Country Dance figures.
Intermediate English Country Dance (I and up)
with Anna Rain, Music by: Francie Fitch, Judith Linsenberg
Dance with fullness and joy, moving in communion to yourself, to the music, with your partner, with the community. We'll push the boundaries of what we already know, and polish some old favorites. For those with some familiarity of English Country Dance figures.
English Country Dance Essentials (B and up)
with Jan Elliott, Music by: Michael Barrett, Ellen Tepper
Prepares newcomers to enjoy the patterns and pleasures of each of the evening dances. Also an enjoyable refresher course.
Introduction to Renaissance Dance (All levels)
with Sheila Beardslee, Music by: Dana Maiben, Bob Wiemken, Eric Haas
Learn dances from the Inns of Court, with a look at the Gresley MS and other English sources. Please bring soft-soled dance shoes (e.g. a jazz dance shoe).
|12:00-12:30||Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (All)
with Frances Fitch
This very practical class will help you understand exactly how movement of the whole body is involved in making music. From that understanding come freedom, ease, and healthy playing. If you have ever experienced discomfort while making music, if you use a computer, or are just curious about body mapping, this is for you!
La Contenance Angloise (I-A, voices and instruments)
with Dana Maiben
Make a musical tour of the Plantagenet Dynasty and sample the songs of the troubadour Bernart de Ventadorn, anonymous carols celebrating Henry V’s victory at Agincourt in 1415, the polyphony of John Dunstaple, and the influence of all these styles on continental composers.
Beginning Consort Skills (LI-HI)
with Lisa Terry
Join the Early Music Week “Viol Maven” and explore the consort repertoire, with lots of useful tips and techniques to take home.
Masque Scenes (I-A voices, strings and winds, keyboard)
with Michael Barrett
Join us as we prepare a pastiche of scenes - with music and a little staging too! - from English masques by Purcell, Blow and their contemporaries.
The Music of Purcell (HI-A)
with Judy Linsenberg
Henry Purcell is one of the greatest and most individual of all English composers. We’ll play some of his glorious fantasias—true masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony - as well as dances and songs from his theatrical works, in the more forward-looking Baroque style, along with one of his signature ground bass compositions and a majestic chaconne.
with Jan Elliott
This ancient, elegant dance from Northern England uses long, sword-like implements to connect dancers in a ring. Moving under and leaping over these in a variety of ways, they finish with the swords woven into a star or other shape. The class is open to all flexible enough to leap (or at least step) over a low sword in rhythm. We’ll learn basic figures from several traditions, examine the roles of set captain and musician, and create a unique dance for performance.
The English Waites: Loud Band at the Tudor Court (I-A reeds and brass)
with Joan Kimball, Bob Wiemken
Music from the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII for a Renaissance loud band. For players of cornetto, shawm, sackbut and dulcian – intermediate level or above required.
Madrigals from the Triumphs of Oriana (All voices and instruments)
with Eric Haas
Thomas Morley’s 1601 collection of madrigals in honor of Queen Elizabeth I. Each of the 25 madrigals (representing 23 different composers) ends with the words: “Long live fair Oriana.”
|3:35-4:45||English Dance Musicians Course|
|5:30-6:20||Free time: Informal camper readings, Swimming, Bookstore staffed, Side-by-Side Readings|
|8:15||All Camp Dance|