Baroque Chamber Ensembles
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Division: Mannes Extension
Department: Historical Performance
Course Number: XHSP 1001
Course Format: Group Lessons
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course is designed for singers and instrumentalists interested in performing 17th- and 18th-century ensemble music. Emphasis will be on exploration of both familiar and unusual repertoire, techniques of good ensemble playing, detailed understanding of Baroque performance practice (tempo, articulation, phrasing and ornamentation), and learning to play music of the Baroque period in a stylish and historically-informed way. Participants should have at least basic sight reading skills. Not everyone will be playing all the time; much can be learned by listening to others play and be coached. There will be performance opportunities throughout the semester; class concerts in recent years have featured works by Bach, Handel, Telemann, Couperin, Purcell, Monteverdi, Marin Marais, and Luzzasco Luzzaschi. Instrumentalists and singers will work together on pieces in groups; exact repertoire will be determined by the makeup of the class, but the core group will consist of harpsichord or piano, a bass instrument, and various treble instruments or singers). The class is open to musicians who play standard modern orchestral instruments and also to those who play “period” instruments such as recorder, Baroque flute, or viola da gamba. Ensembles are formed with consideration of instrumentation, scheduling availability, and musical background/experience (please note that in some cases not all students can be accommodated). Instructor interview required prior to registration: contact the Extension Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.580.0210 x4802) for more information.