Ms. Blaker's comments about the theme and workshop were:
Join us on the seas of music history where, like Christopher Columbus, we will explore little-known waters, venturing into the dark and rich musical styles of an armada of Spanish composers, some little-known today, whose compositions filled churches, palaces and theaters with glorious music. Strange harmonies, snappy rhythms, lush counterpoint are the hallmarks of Spanish renaissance music. We will play secular pieces from the Cancionero de la Colombina, a book of later owned by Columbus’ son; hymns and motets by great church composers such as Escobar and Peñalosa, Morales and Victoria; instrumental works by composers of the latter 16th century and beyond. Our explorations will span the late 15th century into the early 17th century and the beginnings of Baroque music.
Recorder players with all different levels of experience are invited to participate and auditors are most welcome. You may also bring your viols, renaissance flutes, and even krumhorns. We will focus mainly on the recorder, but these and other instruments can be included in some of the sessions for an even greater sonority. Also, some of this music is vocal music, so workshop players can sing part of the time if they want to.
The evening session will be held on Friday, March 2, 2007, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 9301 N. Rodney Parham, 72227, phone 501-225-3274. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2006, 10:00-12:00 noon, 1:15 - 3:15 p.m., and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Darragh Center auditorium, Main Library (Central Arkansas Library System), 100 Rock Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201. Coffee and light snacks will be provided, but lunch is on your own at restaurants near the Main Library and the Clinton Presidential Center.
Schedule for the Workshop on Friday, March 2, 2007:
7:00-9:00 p.m. Session I: a sampling of musical styles from renaissance Spain. Recorders, viols, renaissance flute, sackbut, and others welcome.
Schedule for the Workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2007:
10:00 – 12:00 Session II
10:00 – 10:30 Technique warm-up (recorders)
10:30 – 12:00 Small forms: Villancicos, Hymns, and Ensaladas
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch time
1:30 – 3:15 Session III
1:30 – 2:15 Motets and Mass movements: earlier composers
2:15 – 3:15 Motets and Mass movements: later composers
3:30 – 4:30 Session IV
3:45 – 4:40 Tientos and Differencias: instrumental music from the 16th century
4:40 – 5:00 Grand Finale: A glorious surprise!
REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE 2007 WORKSHOP WITH Frances Blaker