"Music of Tudor England"
Ms. Blaker's comments about the theme and workshop were:
Tudor England was awash in a variety of
musical currents: secret Catholic music, new English church music, good old
English secular music, French music, sacred and secular, heard at the Field
of the Cloth of Gold, Italian music brought north by Henry VIII's instrument
makers and players, the Bassano family, the Faraboscos and others. The list
could go on! We tend nowadays to think of Tudor England as being focused on
Henry VIII, but this period also includes his father, Henry VII as well as
Elizabeth I, covering the years 1485 - 1603. This all gives great
scope for our musical explorations.
I plan to present a variety of choice
examples of all the above-mentioned types of music. Some composers you will
encounter include Byrd, Henry VIII, Farabosco, Mouton, Dunstable, and
others. We will find out just what we can do with our favored instrument
(Henry VIII owned 72 recorders!) to bring out the inner beauties as well as
the outer sparkle of this wonderful repertoire. By the way, you may also
bring your viols, renaissance flutes, and even a few krumhorns. We will
focus mainly on the recorder, but these other instruments can be included in some of the sessions for an even greater sonority.
The morning and afternoon sessions
will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006, 10:00-12:00 noon and 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the Darragh Center, Main
Library (Central Arkansas Library System), 100
Rock Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201. Lunch is available at
restaurants near the Main Library and the
Clinton Presidential Center.