Program for Friday, February 2, 2018
The Seattle Recorder Society
Last updated on: January 28, 2018
The Seattle Recorder Society meets at 7:30 p.m. at
Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd N.E., Seattle.
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Jonathan Oddie on Orlando Gibbons

Miyo Aoki, conducting
Madrigals and Motets of Orlando Gibbons
All sizes of recorders and viols are welcome..
Backroom Group:
Matthias Maute’s “American Recorder Rally”

Saturday March 10, 2018
Perry Hall, Sand Point Community United
Methodist Church Church

Rehearse and perform a concert with Montréal recorder virtuoso Matthias Maute. 1-5pm. See SRS Regional Workshops page for more information and to download the registration flyer, or contact or call Nancy at 206-852-4762 for more information and registration.

March is "Play the Recorder Month"

“Music from Around the World"
Play the Recorder Month - Concert & Celebration

Saturday, March 17 - 3:00 pm – 4:00pm

Where: Third Place Commons at Lake Forest Park Town Center

Contact: Nancy Gorbman 206-852-4762 or

Event Description: Every March is "Play the Recorder Month”. Come to a fun annual event sponsored by the Seattle Recorder Society: Bring your own recorder and join us for a “Play In”! Music will be provided – meet at 3:00pm in front of the stage. We will play music by Eric Hass “Fantasia on a Shape-Note Hymn” – music composed especially for “Play the Recorder Day” (Mar. 17, 2018) – commissioned by the American Recorder Society.

After the “Play-In”, enjoy a concert of various recorder ensembles with music from the Renaissance period, Irish music and more! Enter a free drawing for recorders – winners announced at the end of the concert. For more information, contact Nancy Gorbman. See the American Recorder Society web-site for more information about this annual event.
General News:
From the Music Conductor:
Get your act together!  Members Night is on May 11 this year.  Any member is welcome to perform for up to five minutes (including talk).
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Greetings everyone, I hope you all have “come well into the new year”, as the Danes say. I am very excited about the February meeting because it will be devoted entirely to mu-sic by the English Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625). The opening program will be presented by harpsichordist and scholar Jonathan Oddie, who will talk about Gibbons’s life and work. (Jonathan's doctoral dissertation was on Gibbons, ed.). Then, for the playing session, Miyo Aoki will lead the entire group in several selections from Gibbons’s only book of secular vocal music, the Madrigals and Motets of 1612. We are very fortunate that Miyo and Jonathan have settled in Seattle – they are a gift to our community. You will not want to miss the February 2nd meeting. Come one, come all and please tell all your viol-playing friends as well.
Will play in Large Group
The life and works of Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) by Jonathan Oddie

Gibbons was lauded in his own time as one of the finest musicians in England, and he achieved considerable success as both organist of the Chapel Royal and private musician to Prince Charles (later the ill-fated King Charles I). During his sadly short life, Gibbons composed in almost every important genre of the day, including sacred and secular vocal music as well as instrumental pieces for con-sort and keyboard. He was the youngest of three composers whose keyboard music was published in Parthenia, the first book of keyboard music printed in England (the others being William Byrd and John Bull).
Opening Program:
He also published the first book of English consort music to be printed using engraving instead of movable type (the Fantazies of III parts). But he is remembered today less for these innovations than for his exceptional music, with its unique combination of refined counterpoint, robust rhythmic drive and sweet melancholy.

For the opening program I will talk about Gibbons’s life and works, and then move on to take a brief “composer’s-eye view” of how a musician like Gibbons at the end of the Renaissance went about the task of composition. When playing or listening to polyphonic music, it is often illuminating to try to understand how the composer built up a composition from smaller building blocks, and it can provide a new perspective on what to listen for.

After my introduction, Miyo Aoki will lead the group in several selections from Gibbons’s only book of secular vocal music, the Madrigals and Motets of 1612. These pieces are described on their title page as “apt for Viols and Voyces”, and they are just as apt for recorders as well. In his dedication to this volume, Gibbons summarized a commonly held Renaissance view of music, writing that “it is proportion that beautifies everything … this whole Universe consists of it, and Musicke is measured by it”.

Come play and experience the elegantly-proportioned works of this late-Renaissance master with us! All sizes of recorders and viols are most welcome.