Early music ensemble
Time: 13:45 - 15:45
Location: Keeley Street
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Course Code: ME161A
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Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
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What is the course about?
In the 17th century it was common to play music with instruments from more than one family (mixed string and wind instruments) where parts are interchangeable: the "broken" consort. This group will explore different sound combinations in repertoire from the 17th century. We will play at modern pitch (A=440). Instruments suitable for the ensemble are:
- recorders and/or viols (any size), flute, violin, viola, oboe, cello, bassoon
- keyboards: harpsichord, clavichord, spinet (digital keyboard provided by the college)
Please inform the music department which instument you play when signing up: emailMusic Department or phone (telephone temporarily unavailable).
What will we cover?
- How to play in tune in a mixed instrumental group
- Elements of early Baroque interpretation such as phrasing and articulation, tempo and tempo changes
- Studying scores to understand how the parts fit together into a musical whole.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- play better in tune in a mixed-instrument small ensemble
- respond to the playing of others in a small ensemble
- better understand elements of early Baroque style and interpretation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- You need to be at least Grade 5 standard on your instrument. You need good music-reading skills, but you do not have to be able to sight-read
- You should be willing to be adventurous e.g. with adding embellishments and interpreting ornamentation
- Previous experience of ensemble playing is helpful but not essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• Tutor explanation, presentation and demonstration
• Group playing, and some sectional playing
• Practising your own parts for pieces
• Listening and score reading.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please have your own instrument(s), a pencil and eraser. All musical material will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may take as many terms of Early music ensemble as you wish. City Lit also offers a wide range of instrumental classes for violin/viola, cello, flute and piano/keyboards, String ensemble, String school, Chamber music and Orchestra workshop.
You may also be interested in Music history courses, which cover a wide range of topics from medieval to contemporary popular music.