Classes description

Robert Green

Baroque Hurdy-Gurdy Class

Objective: to develop a familiarity with the baroque style as it applies to the repertory for 18th-century hurdy-gurdy. This objective will be accomplished through the study of pieces chosen from the numerous duets for two hurdy-gurdies.

Requirements: (1) the ability to read music. (2) the ability to play in both C and G.

Repertory: the music to be studied will be available for download on the workshop website prior to the session. Some familiarity with both the first and second voice in these duets prior to the workshop would be helpful.

Subjects to be covered in studying these pieces include

(1) ornamentation.

(2) rhythmic alteration (notes inégales).

(3) phrasing.

(4) articulation.

(5) fingering.

(6) dynamics.

We will begin by working on a suite by Boismortier. A copy will be sent to you upon registration.


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Lawrence Brown

Medieval and Renaissance music on the Hurdy Gurdy  This class will focus on some practical solutions to playing Medieval and Renaissance music on G or D gurdies. We will look at Cantigas, Playford, and other Med and Ren favorites and especially at music that lays well on the limited range of the gurdy. Handouts will include both solo and duet music (for gurdy and any other melody instrument). A brief description of the organistrum vs the symphonie, usage and iconography. I also want to touch on improvisation, on taking a medieval tune and improvising on it with reference to the appropriate mode

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