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Each instructor at Baroque Workshop runs morning master class in his or her own particular style. Read the descriptions below to discover the format and focus of the instrument or voice class you are interested in. Descriptions also contain information about repertoire to prepare before the workshop. Please bring extra copies for the instructor(s) and auditors.
In some cases the instructor has provided an e-mail address to which you may send your questions. If you do not see an e-mail address yet still have questions, write to email@example.com.
Please note: Classes are for Baroque instruments (i.e. Baroque oboe, Baroque flute, etc.) at A = 415. If you are a modern instrumentalist interested in learning about Baroque style and instruments, please contact us at the above e-mail address for information on borrowing or renting a Baroque instrument. Violin/viola/cello players may play modern instruments tuned down to 415. If you have a baroque bow, bring it along.
Please plan to come to the workshop with at least two Bach arias to work on. In the interim, it would be great to hear one aria (preferably Bach) in person (day and time TBA) or, for those living out of town, a taped or CD submission sent to my address: 815 Seaview Dr., El Cerrito, CA 94530. This is not an audition, but an opportunity for me to hear your voice before the workshop.
Pre-Class Warm-upFrances Blaker will lead a pre-class technique warm-up at 8:30 am so that students can be ready to play their best in their 9:00 am morning classes. This is open to all recorder students, and attendance is encouraged. You will play better all day if you do your morning warm-up.
Morning Recorder ClassThe works of J. S. Bach will be the focus of both recorder classes this year (see repertoire list below). However, you may play other German repertoire if you prefer.
The morning recorder class will be divided into Performance and Practical Applications sections. Marion Verbruggen will lead the Performance section in master class format, in which students perform prepared pieces from the repertoire list below. Continuo accompaniment will be provided. During the master class, students not performing at the moment observe, taking notes so as to apply lessons learned to their own performance. The highest standards of performance are encouraged (which means prepare ahead of time to the best of your ability, whatever your playing level). Performance in this section is by audition,* though all recorder students may observe the class.
Frances Blaker will lead the Practical Applications section. This is a more hands-on class in which students do a lot of playing. Topics addressed include special technique issues that arise in the prepared repertoire; questions of performance practice, interpretation, and performance that occur in the prepared repertoire; individual lessons. Individual lesson slots are primarily intended for those students not accepted to the Performance section, but if time permits other students may sign up for lessons.
* Auditions for recorder Master Class take place on Sunday afternoon, the first day of the workshop. These auditions are easygoing and friendly. Their purpose is to place all students in ensembles and to choose which students will be admitted to Marion 's master class. Bring a piece to play that you feel comfortable with? it does not have to be the same piece you want to play in class. We like to hear a bit of a fast movement and a bit of a slow movement. No accompaniment will be available, so expect to play your recorder part alone. If you feel very nervous about this process, you can make it easier by playing a duet with another student.
Repertoire ListChoose one or two pieces from this list to work on before the workshop. You will have time in class to work on at most two movements, which may be from the same or two different sonatas/solos. In the cases where just a composer name is given, you may pick any piece by that composer. If you want to prepare a piece not on the list, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need help choosing a piece to prepare, don't hesitate to contact Frances at the e-mail address above. Write something like "help with baroque repertoire" in the subject heading.
Sonatas with basso continuoBach flute sonatas transcribed for recorder:
Sonata in F (flute, original key E) major, BWV 1035
Sonata in g (flute, original key e) minor, BWV 1034
Or other Bach sonata or transcription from keyboard or other works.
Solo recorder without continuoTeleman - Fantasias
Bach - Partita in c minor
C.P.E. Bach - Sonata in c minor
The class will cover all aspects of technique (breathing, position, fingerings, and embouchure) as well as musical style and expression (phrasing, ornaments, rhetoric, and articulation). Each student will have opportunities to perform in the class.
The class has a supportive and friendly atmosphere with lots of lively group discussion. Traversi will be available for silver flute players who wish to try them. Please contact me in advance if you wish to use one. Feel free to call or email me with any questions at (707) 799-2018 or email@example.com.
I will also present my latest reed making ideas, and part of our class time will be spent making reeds under my supervision.
We've chosen two particularly wonderful and festive cantatas to learn. "Wachet Auf, " in all its E-flat Major bumptious glory, is extraordinary for violinists as it includes one of the rare violino piccolo obbligato movements. This gem is so profound that it rivals the violin solo "Erbarme Dich" from the St. Matthew Passion. The famous chorale will be the most delicious tune ever stuck in our heads, and the duet with its sunny oboe solo will brings smiles to us all.
Cantata 80, "Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott," is composed in a different style. The first movement has the chorus sections in unison throughout with their orchestral counterpart sections, heightening our sensitivity to all the wonderfully expressive things singers do. The duet for soprano and bass includes violins 1 and 2 plus violas in unison sixteenth notes for the whole piece, a D Major romp as joyous as can be! The alto and tenor duet features obbligato parts for oboe da caccia and violin, which are amazingly in canon almost entirely while still seeming utterly simple and sweet.
The Baroque cello class will, naturally, focus on the works of Bach this year. His Suites for Solo Cello and Sonatas for Viola da Gamba are central to our repertoire. We will explore ways to make sense of these quirky and densely composed compositions, pulling them apart harmonically and rhythmically, then piecing them carefully back together.
Please prepare a Suite or Gamba Sonata of your choice in addition to any other solo repertoire of your choosing. If time permits, we will also work on chamber music for multiple cellos.
Students are expected to play something each day in cello class.
Last updated 01/31/2012.