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Newsletter of the South Bay Recorder Society

A Chapter of the American Recorder Society

An Affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society


April 2015

April Meeting
Judith Linsenberg will be returning to South Bay to direct our chapter meeting, at 7:30 PM on April 10th, in the Choir Room of San Jose  Congregational Church. Judy is one of the leading exponents of the recorder in the US and has been acclaimed for her "virtuosity,"  "expressivity," and "fearless playing." She has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and has many recordings to her credit. She has many other qualifications too, but her favorite pastime is hanging out with her adorable dog Jake.

The music for the April 10th meeting includes some of my favorite pieces, from various periods, centering around England, and Bach. We’ll start with a beautiful 6-part Pavan “by” Thomas Leetherland. The “by” is in quotation marks, because we have no information about Leetherland, which, along with the high quality of the work, has led scholars to believe that he, in fact, was actually the dedicatee of the work. In the only known manuscript, the piece appears on the same page as a Fantasia by Thomas Weelkes, who may therefore be the real composer of this work.We’ll continue with several more pieces from the Elizabethan period: two lively galliards by John Dowland (The Earl of Essex, based on a popular tune; and The King of Denmark); and some dances by the younger contemporary, Thomas Simpson, who worked in Germany. We may also be able to fit in a jolly Satyr’s Dance by William Brade, another ex-pat Englishman who worked in Germany.

The last two pieces on the program are arrangements of two of my all-time favorite Baroque pieces for recorders, here arranged for recorder ensemble: Henry Purcell’s “Chaconne, Two in one upon a Ground,” from the semi-opera Dioclesian. Originally composed for 2 recorders and continuo, this is a luscious arrangement for 6 recorders; and one of the best, and most poignant, pieces ever written for recorders (IMHO), the Sonatina from Bach’s Cantata 106, Actus Tragicus: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, with its gorgeous close dissonances in the upper recorder parts. (Bring your hankies!)

Member's Night
First to perform were Margaraet More and Njeri McGillicuddy. They played two duets, the second of which had Mike Megas and Greta Haug-Hryciw providing a rhythmic accompaniment. Next up were Mike Megas and Joyce Pennell. Their first piece was Sonata #3 by Fred Palmer. Next, Joyce played solo recorder on Tanz der Harlekine by Herbert Lippmann, accompanied by Mike on piano. Fidele Galey and Liz Brownell played an Adagio from a suite by J.B. Loeillet, with Fidele on alto recorder and Liz on viola da gamba.  Michèle Kelly and Greta Haug-Hryciw played some Genzmer duos. Margaret More, Fidele Galey, and Liz Brownell played the Largo movement from Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Liz and Fidele playing the violin parts on alto recorders and Margaret playing bass. DeAnza Circle Recorder Consort, Margaret More, Laura Gonsalves, Fidele Galey, and Liz Brownell played America, the Beautiful and a Gavotte by Handel. Geezer and the Crones, Jean Ridley, Laura Gonsalves, George Greenwood, and Stevie White played three short Vocalise pieces by Palestrina and Telemann’s Coro Tutti. Last on the program were Michèle Kelly and Mike Megas who played an anonymous Bicinium and then played another Bicinium and Gin Rickey, both by Glen Shannon.

President’s Message
March Members’ Night was a treat for all this year. I appreciated all your efforts to share the latest efforts of your recorder group. It provides each of us an incentive to work on some of our favorite pieces. Thank you for participating. Special thanks to Laura Gonsalves for bringing music for the group to play after refreshments.Of course the other special event was our Workshop with Glen Shannon titled "Macromusic"! Glen led us to improve our tuning and fingering techniques. We played Dowland’s G Whitehead Almain, Kreuzer’s Jay's Pyramid Scheme, Schnabel’s Etude 14 and 9 and added a Celtic Suite by Hall. Finally we played Glen's music, including Fanfare, IVIIVVI, The Green Room Dance, and Schnabel’s Trauermarsch. Each piece provided opportunities for us to improve our tuning, fingering, and sight reading. Everyone enjoyed a great day of learning and playing. Special thanks to the East Bay and MPRO friends who joined us for a fun day of music.
Liz Brownell, President

Treasurer’s Report
The SBRS workshop led by Glen Shannon Saturday, March 28 was a success on all counts. Glen was his usual delightful self as he challenged us mightily throughout the day. With 22 in attendance, plus a donation from Leslie Pont who couldn't attend, we turned a nice profit, which we will split with Glen as usual. 13 of us were members. The other 9 were welcome additions from the East Bay. Thanks especially to George Greenwood for his services producing the highly legible music--and seeing to it that we even came out slightly ahead on the significant music cost by convincing us to pay for it separately.
Anne Ng, Treasurer/Membership

We all appreciated the coffee break contributions for the March Members’ Night meeting from Margaret, Laura and Liz. Also thank you for all the food contributed by SBRS members at the wonderful Glen Shannon workshop. Sorry about the coffee pot leaking and dying, but at least you eventually got your coffee for the day! Now I have to go hunting for another coffee pot before our next meeting!
Jean Ridley, Hospitality. (

Music Opportunities
MAY 15-17, 2015 is the date for the East Bay Recorder Society’s annual MARIN HEADLANDS WORKSHOP at the Point Bonita Conference Center. It’s a full weekend of music for intermediate to advanced players featuring Letitia Berlin, Tom Bickley, Louise Carslake, Frances Feldon, Adam Gilbert, Rotem Gilbert, Peter Maund, and David Morris. For further information contact Merlyn Katechis at (510) 593-4679 or email (preferred)

The three concerts below are part of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Early Music Series and are held in the sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1100 Shasta Avenue (at the Alameda), San Jose. The venue is wheelchair accessible and a reception follows each concert. Suggested donation is $10. For further information: email or call 408-294-7447.

Saturday, April18, 2015, 3:00 PM. Flauti Dolci & Amici II. More recorder consorts and mixed ensembles from around the Bay Area including : The Peralta Consort, SDQ, Hotte Ayre, Ars Subilor, The White House Trio, and Ensemble Sonoma.

Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 7:00 PM. Monteverdi Brass Quintet. Early music choral works arranged for modern brass instruments. Music by Dufay, Marenzio, and from the dance music collection of Pierre Attaignant.

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7:00 PM. Valley of Heart’s Delight. Giuseppe Sammartini, Shining Star of the Baroque. Featuring music by one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, who influenced many later generations of composers with his distinct Italianate style.

Schedule of SBRS DIRECTORS for 2014 - 2015
12 September -Shira Kamen             
3 October – Claudia Gantivar            
14 November - Andrew Levy         
9 January - Joyce Johnson-Hamilton   
13 February - David Hogan-Smith

13 March – Members’ Night
28 March – Workshop – Glen Shannon
April – Judy Linsenberg
May – Greta Haug-Hyrciw

Newsletter Editor: Laura Gonsalves
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