Baroque instrumental ensemble

Course Dates: 15/07/24 - 05/08/24
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Love early music and want to play it with more awareness of style? Explore how to achieve a more 'authentic' sound, covering interpretation of rhythm and ornaments, tone, embellishment and more.
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Baroque instrumental ensemble
  • Course Code: ME161D
  • Dates: 15/07/24 - 05/08/24
  • Time: 13:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Mon, Daytime
  • Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Layil Barr

Course Code: ME161D

Mon, day, 15 Jul - 05 Aug '24

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will explore how you can play Baroque music on a modern instrument but still create a sense of authenticity through greater awareness of stylistic traits. You will increase your understanding of how composers and performers in the 17th and 18th centuries used and understood notation, and bring new life to your performance of this music.

What will we cover?

Rhetoric in early Baroque music
Ornamentation in French and Italian music
Dance music.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Recognise and interpret the implications of rhythmic notation in Baroque music
Recognise and interpret ornamentation symbols
Embellish a melody line in appropriate style
Understand how to interpret Baroque dance music.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for players of modern instruments with at least 5 years’ experience and good music reading skills.
Suitable instruments include: all orchestral strings, recorder, flute, oboe, bassoon, piano.
You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, read hand-outs and take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor explanation and demonstration
Feedback on your own and others’ playing
Detailed study of musical scores and information from Baroque performance treatises
Listening to and discussing different interpretations.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your instrument (a piano is provided), as well as a notebook, pen and pencil.
Music will be provided by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may also be interested in one of City Lit’s wide range of Ensembles, Keyboard musicianship, and technique classes for classical instruments, according to your instrument, level and musical tastes and interests.
You may also be interested in Music history courses, which include courses on Baroque topics.

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