Please note that the music for the Topic sessions will be supplied by the tutor on the course.
England be Glad! Top hits of English polyphonic literature. Levels 3-5
Handel in his many guises: Arias and Overtures, Dances and Concerti, Sonatas and Fugues. All sizes of recorder welcome. Levels 1-4
Fantasias by “Henry Purcell Esq., who [having] left this life…is gone to that Blessed Place where only His harmony can be exceeded” So his epitaph reads. Discover the wonders of Purcell’s harmony and invention in his unique Fantasias. Levels 4-5
The Spirit of the Dance: Let’s sashay through a world of dance music, from the Saraband to the Samba. We’ll cover original recorder repertoire and some music purloined from other instruments too! Levels 1-3
Paul Van Loey
De profundis: We will try to imitate the impressive sound of the organ with music from different styles and periods…from Sweelinck over Beethoven/Mozart to Piazolla! No sopranos and altos needed! Levels 2-4
Joris Van Goethem
Basically Bach: Cantata movements, fugues, organ works and more, all arranged for recorder consort. A refined selection and some own arrangements that fit the sound palette of a recorder ensemble. We will play some pieces in “eight-foot ensemble” (tenors and lower instruments only). Levels 4-5
Improvisation and instant composing: Terms such as ‘composing’ and ‘improvising’ may sound daunting, but with the right tools, everyone can do it. These simple exercises can be the gateway to unlocking your creativity. You will experiment with sounds, learn how to structure your ideas, and ultimately create a new piece of music together! Levels 2-5
Keeping it in the Family: Exploring the works of Giovanni Gabrieli and his uncle, Andrea. Some multi-choir works will be looked at amongst a variety of other pieces. Levels 1-5
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