A recent walk in Volunteer Park reminded me how soothing it is to simply stand or sit underneath a tree and hang out with it for a while. The trees have so much to teach us about patience and cycles of life, and there are two rather magnificent sequoias in that park that have a lot to share. Despite the horrors and uncertainty in the world around us, I hope you are able to take comfort in simple things and give yourselves time to marvel at the stunning autumn colors and the abundance of the season.
For our November session I’ve chosen some three- and four-part chansons that relate rhythmically to the canzona by their opening motifs of ‘long – short – short —.’ The idiom of the instrumental canzona literally blossomed in print from the late 1570’s through the early decades of the 1600’s and was clearly inspired by the French and Flemish chansons of the early 1500’s.
We’ll start with one of my favorite tunes of all time Een Vrolick Wesen by Jacobus Barbireau, then look at Si bon Amour and Votre Beaute by Gombert before plunging into very cool canzonas by Biumi and Cangliasi. Fabulous pieces by fabulous composers, relatively unknown today. Best suited for SATB and Great Bass recorders. Altos – this is your chance to practice reading up an octave….Viols and other early winds are always welcome.
Regarding our new venue: The easiest and most direct entrance to our lovely, large downstairs space at Faith Lutheran is through the back door, which is in the alley between 18th and 19th Avenues. There is ample parking on the side streets in addition to the three or four marked slots in the alley. There is an actual parking lot, but the church asks that those glass doors not be unlocked and unattended.
Please remember to wear an extra layer as evenings are definitely getting cooler. We will continue to have an air purifier running as well as keeping the back door open.
Zoom link and link to pdfs of scores and parts will in most cases be available on the Monday preceding our Friday meetings. Occasionally, our team encounters a glitch which results in a slight delay. If you can’t wait and want/need pdfs sent directly, please let me (Vicki) know. Additionally, remember that I/we no longer need to know who is attending, but I do need to know if you need hard copies brought to the meeting.
Remember that our December meeting will be on THURSDAY, December 7, with Peter Seibert leading us in some holiday favorites and surprises.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any other board member if you have questions, comments, or suggestions about anything recorder related. Take care and see you on November 3.
Of note for your calendar
Sunday, November 19, 2023, 3:00pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Jillon Stoppels Dupree will perform keyboard masterworks from the Baroque and Modern eras, playing on the church’s late Parisian style, double manual harpsichord, a refait instrument by harpsichord builder Willard Martin. Those who attended the ‘Recorders in Revival’ concert on October 12 had a sneak preview of Jillon playing on this instrument.