Program for Friday, February 7, 2020
The Seattle Recorder Society
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The Music of Orland Gibbons and Richard Dering
Jonathan Oddie and Miyo Aoki
Backroom Group:
From the Guest Conductor (Miyo Aoki and Jonathan Oddie)
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For February's meeting, we will lead an exploration of sacred and secular music by two very different English composers from the turn of the 17th century: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) and Richard Dering (c. 1580-1630). We'll begin with a presentation on Gibbons's and Dering's lives, careers, and mu-sic, followed by a playing session including a Gibbons verse anthem, a Dering motet, and some of Dering's consort music.

Though Gibbons and Dering belonged to the same generation of English compos-ers, their careers and the music they ultimately composed could scarcely be more different. Gibbons served the English institutions of court and Chapel Royal for his entire working life. Amongst many other achievements, he pioneered the English sacred genre of the verse anthem, in which choir and soloists take turns declaiming the text. We'll play one of Gibbons's verse anthems, which are mar-vels of expressivity and subtle variation even when heard without the words.

Richard Dering's life was considerably more eventful than Gibbons's. Though brought up, like Gibbons, in the Elizabethan reformed church, he converted to Catholicism while travelling in Italy early in the 17th century. Fearing religious persecution if he returned to England, he went into self-imposed exile for most of the remainder of his life, continuing his musical career in the Spanish Netherlands as organist for a convent of English Benedictine nuns. Along with this conversion came a drastic shift in his musical style: while his early consort fantasias and danc-es are typically English in style, his later books of motets are written in the spirit of the early Italian Baroque, abounding in striking ideas and vivid word-painting.

The Seattle Recorder Society meets at 7:30 p.m. at
Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd N.E., Seattle.

Visiting recorder and other early musicians (both new players and experienced) are welcomed.   A $5.00 donation is suggested. .
Jonathan Oddie and Miyo Aoki, conducting
Music of Orland Gibbons and Richard Dering
All sizes of recorders and viols are welcome..
Laura Faber, leading
Music will be provided
From the Music Director - Vicki Boeckman:
Greetings dear members!

I hope you are staying dry and warm and settling into the rhythm of the new year. I am grateful that the days are getting noticeably longer but Brrr! As I write, the rain is relentlessly pelting in horizontal streams. Our furnace decided to give up a few days ago and move on to furnace heaven, so until the replacement comes we and the cats are hovering close to the fireplace and pil-ing on the layers. This month’s playing session will not only be led by Miyo Aoki, but the opening program will be presented by Jonathan Oddie on harpsichord. So you get a Two-fer! Please keep reading to see what she has in store for you.

Hope to see you there.
Play the Recorder Month Event:
Music From Around the World

Sunday, March 15:
Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park.

Join us for a delightful all-ages program featuring local recorder players, a drop-in recorder playing session, a "Play-In" of "Ice and Rain and Snow", the official 2020 PTRM composition by Frances Blaker, and a free drawing for recorders.

Here is the schedule:

  • Playing Session (9:30am—11:00am) in the Stadler Meeting Room Bring a recorder (or viol) and music stand—sight-read a variety of music (intermediate & up); music provided.

  • Concert (12:00pm—1:00pm) on the Community Stage The first piece on the program will be the play-in. Recorder (and viol players) will play the official 2020 PTRM composition: ”Ice and Rain and Snow”by Frances Blaker - music provided.

  • The play-in will be followed by various ensembles.

*** Volunteers *** are needed for setup, etc. of chairs and stands before and after the playing session and concert. If you, or anyone you know, can help for these events (9:30am - 1:00pm), please contact Nancy Gorbman (

Please come for any or all of the events listed above.

All events are free; no pre-registration necessary.

Check out upcoming events in our February Recorder Notes newsletter.
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