Our next meeting will be December 21, 2013, from 10 AM until noon in the large meeting room at Cathedral Village.
Visitors are welcome.
Music Director Rainer Beckmann sends the following greeting:
Dear Fellow Recorder Players,
This month's playlist features music pieces
(1) all written by composers from German speaking countries,
(2) all essentially being songs, and
(3) together dating from six different centuries.
Overall, the music is technically very approachable and less challenging than some of the pieces we did in past months. It will allow us to place even more attention on the little details and aspects that make music come alive and to turn music-making into something special.
I look forward to seeing you on the 16th,
Ich bins erfreut from Glogauer Liederbuch (late 15th century), Bernstein Consort Collection Vol. 1, No. 2
Please note this piece has no alto recorder part. We will make use of a lot of tenor recorders to bring out the tune in the tenor part.
Im Maien by L. Senfl (1486-1542), Bernstein Consort Collection Vol. 1, No. 12
Ach Elslein by Senfl, Bernstein Consort Collection Vol. 1, No.13
Please be prepared for rather brisk tempi in the two Senfl pieces.
Three Canons by W. A. Mozart (1756-1791), F. Schubert (1797-1828), and H. U. Staeps (1909-1988)
The three canons can all be played on soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders. You choose!
In dulci jubilo a 8 by S. Scheidt (1587-1654)
This is a double-choir piece with a high choir (Chorus I: SSAT) and a low choir (Chorus II: TTBB). Please note that we will need many tenor recorders and that there is only a single alto line.
The beat (tactus) stays the same throughout the piece. I will beat the following measures in four: 1-11, 25-35, 46-56 (measures with cut-time signature). I will beat the following measures in two: 12-24, 36-45, 57-63 (measures with 6/4 signature). One beat has the duration of ca. one second throughout the piece (tempo 60 on your metronomes).
Please practice rests! Make sure you know how many beats your rests have.
Don't worry if all this sounds very complicated to you!! It will all feel very natural on Saturday. Promise!
An email with links to printable music sheets is sent to members and friends. Newcomers may request this email message by contacting our Communications Vice-President.
Philadelphia Recorder Society member John Gangwisch performed impromptu at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (Manheim PA) on September 28, 2013. A Renaissance ensemble based in Berwyn, missing its fourth player, welcomed John on alto recorder for two pieces that needed him. Pictured with his daughter Jeannot, John writes, "Maybe the fact that I was in proper attire helped."
The Spring 2013 issue of American Recorder, the American Recorder Society magazine, highlights three PRS-related activities in it's 'Chapters & Consorts' section: a) The Fall 2012 PRS Workshop, b) The initial Piffaro Collegium Musicum semester, and c) The Suburban Station performances that raised money for Philabundance. The page is reproduced through a link on the right.
PRS's Molly Garrett, Dody Magaziner, and John Gangwisch played three-part Christmas Carols at the Suburban Train Station in Philadelphia five times in December from 3:00 to 5:30 PM during the evening rush hour. Molly with her husband Whit on guitar also played two additional days. They raised over $300 for Philabundance, a local food bank. Along with raising money, they had many enjoyable interactions with passers-by. A 51-second video clip is on YouTube:
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