The Rose and the Thorn: Contrasts in Music and Dance of Earlier Times

photo by Paul Lipke

Early Music Week
Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA
June 27-July 4, 2013

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Free or measured? Monophonic or polyphonic? Improvised or written? Medieval or Renaissance? Treble or Contrabass? Dance music or concert music? High pitch or low pitch?

Explore these delicious questions and many more in a friendly, welcoming, magical place, with world-class faculty, friendly participants, and where the sounds of music and dance rise to the tops of the trees. This is CDSS’s Early Music Week, June 27-July 4, 2013, held at Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA.

The week’s program offers musical challenges and opportunities for beginners and experienced players and singers. In morning technique and consort classes and afternoon special topic ensembles, we will play and sing music from the vibrant Middle Ages to the virtuosic Baroque.

Photo by Corey Green

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 this year in recorder, viol and harp. Advanced and intermediate players and singers have a wide array of classes from which to choose: early winds (recorders, reeds and brass), strings (viols and violin), harpsichord and voice.

Dancers, too, will find a wealth of activity, including high-level technique classes, challenging ensembles and historical dance.

Relaxing is always part of the week, too, with two ponds for swimming and canoeing, a Camphouse deck for summer reading, afternoon tea, staff concerts and lots of wonderful dancing-for-all.

Also offered during the Early Music Week are two Special Courses: Viol Intensive Course, with Sarah Mead and Lisa Terry, and English Dance Musicians Course, with Peter Barnes.  (Separate registration is required for each Special Course.)

photo by Cheri Glaser

The week is run by the Country Dance and Song Society, a traditional dance and music organization, founded in 1915, whose work is grounded in English and Anglo-American social dance and dance music. Early Music Week has been part of our summer programs since 1958. Please join us for glorious music and dance under the trees!

Early Music Week
Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA
June 27-July 4, 2013

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(In addition to the CDSS scholarships, summer scholarships are offered by Early Music America, deadline: April 15, and the Viola da Gamba Society of America, deadline: April 15.)