Program for Friday, February 1, 2019
The Seattle Recorder Society
Last updated on: January 25, 2019
Group Playing Night!
Ancient Airs & Dances
From the Guest Conductor (Charles Coldwell)
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Between 1917 and 1932 Ottorino Respighi (1879-1932) composed three suites for orchestra titled Antiche Danze ed Arie per Liuto (Ancient Airs and Dances). Respighi was one of several composers in the early 20th century who wrote pieces inspired by music from the Renaissance or Baroque. These works were prompted by the surge of interest and musicological research during the late 19th-century resulting in the publication of new editions of works by earlier composers. He arranged his beautiful Ancient Airs and Dances suites from transcriptions of Renaissance lute music, and they are among the most recognized examples of his interest in early music. For February’s meeting, we will focus on three movements, one from each suite, based on popular tunes of that time that can also be found in other instrumental ensemble versions from the Renaissance. We will play my arrangements for Recorder Orchestra of these movement as well as some of those other instrumental versions, time permitting.
It seems fitting to play arrangements of Respighi's Ancient Airs and Dances Suites on recorder orchestra, in that the music that inspired them was originally composed in the 16th and 17th centuries – during the height of the recorder’s popularity – and that some of those tunes are found in instrumental ensemble music from that time, as well as keyboard and lute versions. While the recorder orchestra lacks the variety of instrumental color and dynamics Respighi so expertly employed in his transcriptions/arrangements, the arrangements allow recorders to convey some of the lyricism, character and spirit that Respighi crafted into his suites.
From Suite 1, we will play the second movement Gagliarda. The "A" section is a galliard titled Polymnia composed by Vincenzo Galilei (1520? - 1591, father of the astronomer). The middle "B" section is an anonymous Italiana in triple meter, which is a setting for lute of a dance tune popular at that time throughout Europe, often titled currant or volte or La Volta. Versions can be found for keyboard by the Englishman William Byrd, and for instrumental ensemble in Michael Praetorius's collection of dance music, Terpsichore from 1612.
The Seattle Recorder Society meets at 7:30 p.m. at
Visiting recorder and other early musicians (both new players and experienced) are welcomed. A $5.00 donation is suggested. .
Charles Coldwell, conducting
Ancient Airs & Dances
Music by Respighi, Praetorius, Zanetti, et. al.
SnSATB Gb, Cb recorders. Viols welcome.
Miyo Aoki, leading
Music will be provided
The opening movement of Suite 2 is based on the beautiful Laura Soave (1581), a multi-part dance (ballo) from Fabrizio Caroso’s dance manual from 1600, Nobilta di Dame, Respighi arranged all four sections of the original dance music, the Balletto, gagliarda, saltarello and canario, that was originally given in the dance treatise as a melody and bass line with lute tablature accompaniment (see illustration at right). The tune used for Laura Soave is the popular Aria del Gran Duca theme. Contemporary instrumental version of the theme by Peter Phillips and Gasparo Zanetti.
The piece from Suite 3 we will look at is the third movement, which Respighi arranged it as a slow, pastoral-like Siciliana. He did not recognize that the tune actually belongs to the much livelier and more raucous Spagnoletta dance, which appears in several sources by difference composers, including one by Hettorre della Marra, and again, Praetorius's Terpsichore dance music collection.
Since my arrangements of the Respighi pieces are for recorder orchestra, we will need a full range of instruments from sopranino down to contrabass recorders. Viols are also welcome.
This should be a fun evening, and a great warm-up for Cléa Galhano’s Saturday workshop being held the following morning.
From the Music Director - Vicki Boeckman:
I hope you are settling into the rhythm of the new calendar year and all that it has to offer. The slightly longer and noticeably lighter days along with glimpses of the stunning mountains most certainly do help to revive the spirits. For me in particular the new year will be filled with several (new–to–me) out of state workshops and performance opportunities and I am looking forward to all of them. In our own back yard, plans for the bi-annual Port Townsend Early Music Workshop (in Tacoma) are well under way and the website is being meticulously updated by our unflappable web master, Charles Coldwell, so don’t
forget to check it out. Registration will go live on Monday, January 28. I can promise another marvelous faculty lined up for your learning pleasure
Speaking of Charles, the February program will be led by Mr. Coldwell, so keep reading to hear what he has in store for you!
Play the Recorder Month:
Music From Around the World
Sunday, March 10
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (see details below)
Join us for a lively concert of recorder music. This annual chapter event will take place at the Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, just north of Seattle.
Come and hear a community concert featuring a variety of international music and various genres. Music performed by local recorder ensembles including mixed consorts, members of the Seattle Recorder Society and more!
Join other recorder players at the beginning of the concert to play the composition commissioned by the American Recorder Society for Play the Recorder Day, enti-tled “Fantasia on Faithless Nancy Dawson” by Phil Neuman.
All events are free. Come for all or part of the program. New this year: for the “Warm Up and Playing Session”, we will rehearse the PTRD 2019 composition and play other pieces.
Thanks to all who have volunteered to play at this event. We have a full program, but if you are interested in performing next year, please do let me know!
- 1:00pm - 2:30: Warmup and Playing Session (new this year!) in the Stadler Room
- 3:00pm - 4:00pm: Concert on the Third Place Commons Stage