Workshop Sessions

Descriptions of all sessions and classes.

Friday evening, 7-9:30:

Atlanta Recorder Society leads the full group in Atlanta Recorder Society favorites!

Sat. morning, 9:30-10:45 Session 1:

  • Timberlake (recorders; low intermediate and up) Recorder Bouquet: Grow your ensemble skills as we gather to play music about flowers -- roses and lilies and all things lovely.
  • Miller (8-foot recorders; intermediate and up) Calm After Coffee: If your desire is to start the day with the sonority of low instruments, bring your biggest recorders to read a variety of lush tunes. All music will be at 8-foot pitch. Some larger recorders available for loan.
  • Maurer (recorders; upper intermediate and up) Fors seulement: We'll play settings of one of the greatest hits of the Renaissance by Pierre de la Rue and the always prolific anonymous.
  • Hollar (recorders; upper intermediate and up) The Contenance Angloise: The Low Countries saw a tremendous influx of English people in the 15th century. English musical styles were quirky by Continental standards, but they soon caught on and became a hallmark of the Franco-Flemish style. We’ll explore some of the music that resulted from this stylistic fusion.
  • Carter (cornetti, sackbuts, open reeds; all levels) Music from the Court of Maximilian the Great
  • Ashworth (viols; all levels) Saturday Night and Sunday Morning with Michael Praetorius: 17th century motets and dances.


Sat. morning, 11:15-12:30 Session 2:

  • Timberlake (recorders; intermediate and up) Memento Mori: What better monument to a composer than a composition? We'll tackle beautiful elegies written for fallen composers by their colleagues.
  • Miller (Renaissance flutes; intermediate and up) French Chansons: We will play some of the vocal music by Attaingnant, Sermisy, and others.  Repertoire may be substituted depending upon class make-up.  We will play a matched set of Boaz Berney flutes.  Space is limited.
  • Maurer (recorders; intermediate and up) Fa la la and all that Jazz!: John Wilbye was a master of the madrigal form and we'll play several of his best.
  • Hollar (recorders; advanced) Rocking the Renaissance: Are your Renaissance rhythms sounding “square” to you? Worse yet, do you play them like syncopated jazz rhythms? Learn how to make your Renaissance music rock while maintaining its stylistic integrity. The difference between insipid and incredible is in your articulation!
  • Carter (cornetti, sackbuts, open reeds; all levels) Canzonas and Ricercars from Late Renaissance Italy
  • Ashworth (viols; all levels) A Musical Snapshot of Florence: Carnival songs, motets, wedding music.


Sat. afternoon, 1:30-2:45 Session 3:

  • Timberlake (recorders; upper intermediate and up) The Devil's Acre: The area in the shadow of Westminster Abbey used to be called "The Devil's Acre." Henry Purcell's entire life was spent here, and though he lived on 33 short years, Purcell penned some of the freshest, most masterful music of his day. We'll sample some of his greatest hits.
  • Miller (cornetti, sackbuts, open reeds; all levels) Music of Victoria: Tomás Luis Victoria is one of the most important composers of his time.  He shunned elaborate counterpoint in his music, but focused on simple lines and rhythmic variety.
  • Maurer (viols; upper intermediate and up) Go East Ye Viols: Explore the music of Michael East through his 5 part Fantasies and Madrigals.
  • Hollar (recorders; intermediate and up) Catch as Catch Can: The catch was a popular musical style from the 16th through the 18th centuries. While they were typically designed for casual amateur playing, some well-known composers managed to create some minor musical gems within the genre. What, exactly, is a catch and how is it different from a canon or a round? This class will answer these questions and take a short tour through some of the catch repertoire.
  • Carter (recorders; low intermediate and up) Music of Tudor England
  • Ashworth (recorders; intermediate and up) Tour de France: Chansons of Attaingnant, Sermisy, and Passereau.


Sat. afternoon, 3:00-4:15 Session 4:

  • Timberlake (recorders; upper intermediate and up) Forbidden Fruit: The nineteenth century birthed exceptionally beautiful music, and almost none of it was for recorder. We don't care! Music by Debussy, Grieg, Chopin, and others.
  • Miller (all instruments; intermediate and up) Praetorius Dance Party: Terpsichore is one of Michael Praetorius's many contributions to dance repertoire.  We will read dance after dance.  Open to all instruments, including percussion.
  • Maurer (viols; upper intermediate and up) Simmeply Delightful: We'll play Fantasias of William Simmes from his collection of 5 part Pieces where each focuses on a different compositional technique. A look into the skill set of this composer.
  • Hollar (capped reeds; intermediate and up) Bring your favorite buzzing instrument for this session of music for capped reeds. Some instruments available for loan.
  • Carter (recorders; low intermediate and up) Canzonas and Ricercars from Late Renaissance Italy
  • Ashworth (recorders; intermediate and up) Frottopolooza!: Frottole and similar pieces from early 16th century Italy.

Saturday early evening, 4:45 to 6:00 Session 5:

  • Maurer/Timberlake (all winds) It'll be a surprise. We love surprises!
  • Ashworth (voices & viols) Music of Palestrina

Sunday morning, 9:30-noon:

Miller/Carter/Hollar (full group) Pop music through the ages