Program for Friday, February 10, 2017
The Seattle Recorder Society
Last updated on: February 1, 2017
The Seattle Recorder Society meets at 7:30 p.m. at
Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd N.E., Seattle.
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Group Playing Session

Several years ago, a viol-playing friend and colleague of mine transcribed a movement from the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil, which I heard him perform with five other viol players. This was my first introduction to the work, originally written for acapella choir, and I fell in love with it. Recently, I attended a performance by Choral Arts Northwest and I found that the movement that originally introduced me to the work still ranks high among my favorite excerpts. I don’t see why viol players should have all the fun, so I have transcribed the second movement, “Blagoslovi, dushe moya, Gospoda” (or “Praise the Lord, O My Soul”) for recorders, and I am looking forward to sharing it with you at the February meeting!
Miyo Aoki, conducting
Rachmaninoff, Sermisy, Dowland, and Byrd
Recorders: SnSATBGbCb Low bass recorders are needed!
Viols are welcome.
Backroom Group:
March is "Play the Recorder Month"

Play the Recorder Month Celebrations:

Date/Time: Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: Third Place Commons at Lake Forest Park Town Center

Contact: Nancy Gorbman 206-852-4762 or

Event Description: Join us for a lively concert of various recorder ensembles—including music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and 20-21st centuries. A “Play-In” of a new composition entitled “Waltz,” composed by James Beaudoir, will begin the program (for intermediate level recorder players and up). Fun for all ages. Free drawing for plastic recorders at concert’s end!

Instrumentation: Recorders, harpsichord, percussion, and guitar.
General News:
From the Music Conductor - Vicki Boeckman:
Get your act together!  Members Night is on May 6 this year.  Any member is welcome to perform for up to five minutes (including talk).
Members Night:
Meeting Dates
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Phil & Gayle Neuman
Greetings, Everyone,

Brrr! Winter wonderland in the Pacific Northwest! I hope you are staying snug and warm. The magnificent beauty of the surrounding mountains never ceases to take my breath away, and the crystal clear night sky when temps are in the 20s is indescribable. But brrr! What warms my heart to no end is to see that our recorder community is thriving and filled to the brim with concerts and events. Even more heartwarming is that 2017 is the year for our very own bi-annual Port Townsend Early Music Workshop, and registration is now open! I know you will be impressed with the faculty line-up, the splendid class offerings, and the work that Charles Coldwell has put into the website. Enjoy!

Miyo Aoki will be leading the entire group for our February playing session. There will not be a Backroom Gang on that evening, but she has assured me that the music will be accessible to all. Read below to see what she has planned for us!

Will play in Large Group (see below)
About the Playing Session - Miyo Aoki:
The All-Night Vigil is known for requiring bass singers who can sing extraordinarily low. When given a glimpse of one of these particularly low passages, the conductor of the premiere famously said, “Now, where on earth are we to find such basses? They are as rare as asparagus at Christmas!” In short, we’ll need plenty of low instruments, so bring your great basses and contrabasses!

Before tackling the Rachmaninoff, we will play a lovely setting of Psalm 103—the same psalm on which the Rachmaninoff selection is based— by Claudin de Sermisy, a French composer of the Renaissance.

To start off the meeting, we’ll play some vocal pieces from the secular arena as a foil to the more serious sacred music of Sermisy and Rachmaninoff. I have chosen pieces from the English Renaissance, one of my favorite bodies of repertoire. We will play the familiar four-voice song “Can she excuse my wrongs” by John Dowland and (as time allows) one or two five-part songs by William Byrd.

If you’d like to look at the music ahead of time, please let me know and I would be happy to send you a pdf.
Seattle Recorder Soirée — Ongoing

First Tuesdays —Every Month
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Couth Buzzard Books & Café Buono
8310 Greenwood Ave N,
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 436-2960,
FREE !!! Donations and purchases appreciated.

Contact: Chris Corfman at or (206) 227-5619