Correction: Colin MacDonald also played with the Jupiter Players.
The group play was conducted by Michele Desponts.
Correction: Colin MacDonald also played with the Jupiter Players.
On November 1, 18 players gathered to enjoy playing music conducted by Marea Chernoff. First up was “Walking in the Air” from the popular British animated film "The Snowman”, arranged for four recorders by our own Andrea MacDonald. Marea took the unusual step of beginning by playing a recording of the original soundtrack so that we would understand how the piece should sound. We then played through it before working on it section by section. Marea focussed on articulation and expression, referring to the recording we had listened to. When we played through the whole piece again, we were surprised and pleased at how much better it sounded.
After a break for refreshments, we tackled a completely different piece, a five-part arrangement of "Dido’s Lament" from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Again, we began with a recording sung beautifully by Karina Gauvin, and Marea gave us some context about the music. After the initial play-through, Marea coached us through the piece trying to bring out some of the same emotion, and once again the final result was very gratifying.
© 2018 Dorothy Brown
Music files from Marea Chernoff, 1st November 2018
Check your email notice about the November 1st meeting for the link to these files. Or email the Librarian here.
"Walking in the Air", by Howard Blake, arr. Andrea MacDonald
"Dido's Lament", Henry Purcell from Dido and Aeneas
"With Drooping Wings", Purcell from Dido and Aeneas
"Occhi miei lassi", Jacques Arcadelt
"Vaaren", Edward Greig
"Ouverture," "Rigaudon," "Bouree", J.J. Fux
Great Basses turned out in force for Alaric's swing through 2 beautiful pieces by the 16th century Dutch organist, Sweelinck, via a 21st century suite of irish dance tunes while a large and lively group of Sopranos reached for the top of their range. A nice balance was achieved with more Basses, plenty of Tenors holding the middle and a sprinkle of altos. About 20 people altogether.
Andrea MacDonald began the meeting by thanking Lynne and announcing the date of a party to mark Lynne's years of dedication as President of the BCRS.
Lynne spoke about the upcoming Workshop with Marcelline Moody and asked for volunteers to pick-up and drive Marcelline. Several offers came quickly. ELizabeth spoke about what is known so far about the imminent refurbishment of Hodson Manor which will begin as soon as the new roof is on and which will mean we will have to move out of the building. The executive is looking at possible alternatives. Andrea also asked for submissions for Toot Sweet.
The sheet music for tonight's meeting will be available through Dropbox for the rest of the month. The Dropbox link is in the email sent last week, or from Elizabeth. email: click here. Or you can find the Variations and the Irish Dance SUite (all 10 dances) using the links below.
"Variations on "Mein junges leben hat ein end"
Sheet music and midi link: www.harmermusic.com
"Irish Dance Suite for 4 Recorders"
Sheet music and midi ink:
Thanks to everyone who brought delicious goodies, and to Jan for organizing tea and coffee.
A report on the Early Music Workshop in Vernon on July 14 and 15, 2018
During the entire month of July, Vernon presents a classical music festival: the VernonProms. There are numerous performances and more than 20 workshops for Choral Music, Brass Bands, Strings, Early Music, Voice, etc.
I attended the Early Music Workshop with well-known instructors Gail and Phil Newman and Laura Kuhlman form Oregon (The Gorge, Bellingham etc.). There were about 25 participants, mostly locals, and for most of the 2 days we played all together, with a small group separating for a couple of hours to tackle some challenging pieces.
Phil and Gail do a lot of research in Renaissance music and they came up with lots of songs that were unknown to me. They also brought some Canadian music (Healey Willan and a fascinating short piece by Claude Vivier "Et je reverrai cette ville etrange"), and Irish folk music. As all this is original choral music, we not only had to read and listen to our own part but also the intermingling of melodies of the other parts, and the text - which decides where to breath marks have to be.
In the separate group we played Schmelzer's Sonata di 7 Flauti, and a jazzy count Basie with very interesting harmonies.
In the evenings we were offered concerts: on Saturday a Bulgarian/Canadian violin-piano duo and on Sunday our own 3 instructors. That was a feast of lovely Renaissance and earlier music played on a wide variety of self-built instruments, copied from original drawings, such as: bagpipes, racket, bassanello, double reeds like shawm, dulcian etc. I was very impressed by a lovely sounding violin copied from a print of Ann Boleyn surrounded by angelic musicians. Gail Newman, wo also appeared to have a beautiful voice, had built and was playing this amazing instrument.
The VernonProms is an annual event: keep it in mind!
A evening of gentle pleasures - lovely weather, lovely music and a companionable group of players and audience.
This evening also remembered Jim Whittaker who died earlier this year. Tony Griffith spoke about his involvement with the BCRS from its inception and Lynne about his invitation to her elementary school, prize-winning recorder class to play at the Spring Showcase in 1969.
Unusually for a recorder concert there was quite a bit of 19th and 20th century music. Bergamasca played Evening's Twilight by J.L. Hatton originally performed in 1857. They followed this with "Starry, Starry Night" by Don McLean (1971). Michael Murray conducted Jupiter Players in his own Etude written some 30 years ago and Jupiter also played an arrangement of the theme from Holst's Jupiter (The Planets, 1914) arranged for the group by Andrea MacDonald. Pastime Consort played the 1986 Shoreline Suite by Leonie Jenkins.
However, there was an equal quantity of Renaissance and Baroque music. Bar None chose a spirited canzon by Gabrieli, Bergamasca balanced there program with a suite of music from Playford, albeit arranged by Phil Neuman. And William Croft, rarely heard at our meetings got two pieces, the Ground in C minor, played by Duo Felix and Sonata in F played by the two Twoodles.
There were plenty of challenges in everyone's music; it was clear all the groups had worked hard at presenting interesting music well played.
The pieces chosen for group play followed the same time travel trajectory. In honour of Jim Whittaker, we played his Fancy #2, admirably conducted by Alaric Posey. This piece was particularly apt, as Jim had written it in commemoration of his friend and the founder of the BCRS, Frank Gamble. Old favourites, "Now is the Month of Maying" and several selections from The Fairy Queen, conducted by Lynne, ended the playing section of the evening happily.
Click here for the complete program
Playing music for April 5 includde "Fancy # 2" by Jim Whittaker and a selection from the following list. pdf's should be found in your mail box. If .pdf's have not been sent to you contactthe librarian at email@example.com
Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantino- SATB/Gb politanae ('Lament of the Holy Mother Church of Constantinople') a motet. Its topic is a lament on the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
Sonata a 4 - 3p. SATB
Odecha ki anitani - 6p. SSATTB
Rorati caeli desuper - 2p. SSATB
Wedding Ode: Lemi echpots - 10p. SATB.SATB = 5p. SATB
O com e gran martire - 4p. SSATB
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelink
Euge serve bone - 4p. SSATB
Mein junges leben - 10p. SATB
Fancy # 2. In memory of Frank Gamble - 8 p. (2pp. per part) SATB
Anthony Griffiths writes:
In the recent death of Jim Whittaker, the BCRS has lost a long-time member who actively supported the organisation for most of his adult life.
The BCRS was founded in 1963 by Dr Frank Gamble. A photograph taken at the time of a huge celebratory cake with Frank in the front clearly shows Jim’s smiling face in the background. Indeed, he was a founder member and played a large role in the activities of the organisation over its early decades. Jim’s wife Blodwen Myfanwy (known as Bronwen) was also an active member from the beginning.
An INTERPRETATION Workshopfor Intermediate and Advanced Players Caroline Tremblay and Alexa Raine-Wright 3 March 2018
Links to pdf's of the music are posted here.
Feel free to download music from the sections you were not in and to share the music and Technique notes with your friends who were unable to attend.
Keren Ferguson and Anthony Morgan have both kindly written the following reviews, Keren for the Intermediate section and Anthony for the Advanced.
What a Workshop…… what a day…… what a great time! If you weren't at the BCRS Interpretation Workshop at the Croatian Cultural Centre on March 3rd, you truly missed a very special event. More...
On Saturday, March 3, recorder players had the special treat of a daylong workshop with two members of Flûte Alors! Most of us arrived energized and inspired by their Bach ‘n’ Jazz concert the previous evening. Although apparently out of McGill University for only a handful of years they played with fabulous intonation and timing, impressive speed and ensemble cohesion, and used a few articulations some of us had not heard before.
Many thanks to the ARS for their grant towards the expense of presenting the workshop. More...
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Betty brought an eclectic choice of music outside the usual fare of Renaissance and Baroque, fulfilling as those periods are. Inspired by the past, the Capriol Suite is Peter Warlock's often dissonant take on original 15th century dance music and David Donaldson's The Gentle Maiden is a set of variations on an old Irish tune. Scott Joplin's Original Rags and Phil Neuman's arrangement of Fly me to the Moon were a complete departure, great fun to play and an encouragement to explore. Facing the challenging time signatures and rhythm patterns was greatly helped by Betty's clear explanations, including written notes.
It was very interesting to hear another arrangement of "Fly me to the Moon" played the following evening by Flute Alors! as the final piece of their concert, Bach and Jazz.
Free music available from Dan Harper's website:
Donaldson, David The Gentle Maiden (Version 2)
Warlock, Peter Capriol Suite (4 movements)
Those of you familiar with The Gentle Maiden over many years should look at this more recent version which includes several more variations.
For the full version of the Capriol Suite, try our library
Joplin, Scott, "Original Rags". Arrangement by E. Reichelt
Howard, Bart, "Fly me to the Moon". Arrangement by Phil Neumann.
Michele brought secular music of the 16th century from 3 countries, France, Italy, and Spain plus a contrast with a sacred work by Buxtehude. Each offered pleasures and challenges from the light-hearted double-choir "Amor e Foco" by Vecchi to the rich counterpoint of Buxtehude's "Herr Jesu Christ, ich weiss gar wohl."
All the music is available either from the library or from ISMLP, though not necessarily in the same edition. The library also has other music by each composer. Contact Elizabeth or Lynne, putting Library music in the Subject line.
Dietrich Buxtehude, "Herr Jesu Christ, ich weiss gar wohl." SATB
Antonio de Cabezon, "Variations sur le chant du Chevalier" SATB
Claudin de Sermisy, "J'ayme le cueur". SATB
In UBC library: http://webcat2.library.ubc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=358270&recCount=100&recPointer=13&bibId=132031
or in a different edition for 3 recorders from IMSLP:http://imslp.org/wiki/J'aime_le_c%C5%93ur_de_m'amie_(Sermisy%2C_Claudin_de)
Orazio Vecchi, "Amor'e Foco Dialogo a 7" Double choir
Contact Elizabeth firstname.lastname@example.org for either the edition by Francis Colpron (as played) or a different edition from our library.
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