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Medieval & Renaissance Workshop
June 27 – July 3, 2010
During the Renaissance, dance served as an important social ritual through which members of society illustrated the physical and social skills that illustrated their physical harmony and natural nobility. The musicians who played for the dancers performed a ritual function, improvising a vocabulary of melodic and rhythmic motives in a kaleidoscopic ritual of sound, harmony and invention. This lecture will introduce the audience to the grammar and vocabulary of their music, and give hands-on experience of the relationship between harmony, ornament, and the fabric of Renaissance melody.
In this lecture/demonstration Anna will discuss the decisions that must be made in order to reconstruct selected dances from the treatises of dancing masters Fabritio Caroso and Cesare Negri. A number of issues will be considered, such as the relationship between the dance and the music, how the descriptions of the steps fit the timing and tempo of the music, what is to be done when the descriptions of the steps are vague, and what part improvisation plays in performing the steps.
Last updated 03/02/2010.