Workshop Sessions

Descriptions of all sessions and classes.


Friday evening, 7-9:30: Atlanta Recorder Society leads the full group in hits of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance and more!

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

  • Streeter (recorders; lower intermediate - intermediate) -- Dance music at Versailles: The French loved to dance and none more than King Louis XIV. Be swept onto the dance floor by these charming, elegant menuets, sarabandes, chaconnes and more.)
  • Petersen (recorders; upper intermediate to advanced players with solid rhythmic skills) -- Rhythm candy from the late 14th century: find the sweetness in the challenging repertoire of the French ars subtilior
  • Miller (recorders, viols welcome; advanced) -- Basically Baroque *additional detail at bottom of page
  • Maurer (recorders; intermediate) -- Ceremonial Music from Venice and Florence". 6 part pieces by Malvezzi and Ferretti
  • Carter (capped reeds + sackbuts)
  • Ashworth (viols) -- Music for greeting the day by Lasso, Certon and Morley

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

  • Streeter (8-foot recorders; intermediate - upper intermediate) -- Double the fun!: 8- and 10-part antiphonal music of Venice. Low recorders (tenor and larger).
  • Petersen (recorders; intermediate - advanced) -- Simply Josquin: sacred and secular works by the preeminent composer of the High Renaissance
  • Miller (recorders; beginner - lower intermediate, but all welcome) -- Bootcamp for Recorders *additional detail at bottom of page
  • Maurer (recorders; upper intermediate - advanced) -- The music of Will Ayton, 4 part settings of traditional Jewish melodies, American Spirituals and Renaissance greatest hits
  • Carter (cornetti, sackbuts, open reeds)
  • Ashworth (viols; Is there a tenor in the house? Tenorlieder by Senfl and Isaac)

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

  • Streeter (recorders; upper intermediate - advanced) -- Handel's Concerto Grosso: George picked up on Antonio Corelli and other Italians’ popular concerto grosso form and brought it to Germany and England. Explore several of these delightful conversational pieces.
  • Petersen (recorders; lower intermediate to advanced) -- Shall we dance? Renaissance and more, including some of Pat’s arrangements of English country dance tunes; adding ornamentation and percussion a possibility for those inclined
  • Miller (8-foot recorders, viols welcome; intermediate and up) -- 8-foot Recorder Ensemble: tenor, bass, great bass, and contrabass recorders with some instruments available for loan *additional detail at bottom of page
  • Maurer (viols) -- Fantasias and Madrigals by John Ward
  • Carter (cornetti, sackbuts, open reeds)
  • Ashworth (recorders; upper intermediate - advanced) -- Canz Music. Canzoni by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli

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

  • Streeter (recorders; intermediate - upper intermediate) -- Kings, Queens, and Fairies: Present your most dramatic reading of excerpts from Henry Purcell’s semi-operas such as the Fairie Queen, King Arthur, and Dioclesian
  • Petersen (recorders, viols welcome; intermediate to advanced) -- Schütz, Scheidt, and Schein: from student songs to massive multi-choir works, these 3 contemporaries of the early 17th century explore the new sounds of the early Baroque
  • Miller (recorders, viols welcome; all levels) -- Palestrina’s Polyphony *additional detail at bottom of page
  • Maurer (viols) -- Fantasias and Madrigals by John Ward
  • Carter (cornetti, sackbuts, open reeds)
  • Ashworth (recorders; lower intermediate - intermediate) -- ¡Iberia! Sacred and secular music from Spain and Portugal

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

  • Maurer/Streeter (all winds)
  • Ashworth (voices & viols) -- Saturday Evensong: Anthems and service music by Orlando Gibbons including the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from his “Short Service”

Sunday morning, 9:30-noon: Miller/Carter/Petersen (full group) Masses

Additional Details for Jody's Classes

8-foot Recorder Ensemble.  Recorders may sound a little shrill when the sopranos outnumber the basses, but we have a solution—8th foot ensemble!  The instrumentation for this class will be tenor, bass, great bass, and contrabass recorders.  Some instruments available for loan.  Renaissance music never sounded so good!  Intermediate and up.

Basically Baroque.  Too bad more recorder consort music wasn’t written in the Baroque period.  We will solve this by playing some transcriptions of ensemble music from the Baroque masters.  Brush up on scales and etudes in advance, as there will be some fingerwork!  Upper intermediate and advanced.

Bootcamp for Recorders.  Intended for those who began playing recorder without much formal training, we will learn HOW to practice, WHAT to practice, WHEN to practice, WHO to practice, and WHY we practice.  There will be a lot of playing, but also a lot of information.  Participants are welcome to record the session, but note-taking is also encouraged.  Please bring a metronome, a tuner, and soprano and alto recorders.  Levels below intermediate encouraged, but all are welcome!

Palestrina’s Polyphony.  Palestrina was admired in his lifetime for his composition style.  His use of polyphony help steer the course of music through the Renaissance period.  The outstanding music he wrote will give the player chances to bring out the inner line and  give us all the opportunity to play music that defined a style period!  All levels, as long as the player is able to manage the independence required by polyphony.