undefinedJacob Heringman and Susanna Pell

For advanced viol players and intermediate to advanced lute players, exploring repertoire available to this unique and flexible combination. Includes divisions/grounds (touching on improvisation), adapting polyphony (as in the Paston lute books).


Resident: £295 Non-Resident: £215 Code: 20/228

What is the course about?

The lute and viol duo Pellingmans’ Saraband have spent several years exploring, recording, and performing music for the unique and flexible combination of viol (all sizes) and lute. In this course, we shall share the fruits of our explorations, examining the array of music that a single viol can play together with a single lute (or multiple lutes).  The main categories are:

Grounds/variations/divisions – our models are lute duets, English division viol and violin repertoire, and Ortiz, and we will include some work on how to approach improvising on grounds, something players of the time would have done as a matter of course.

Polyphonic adaptations – our models include surviving examples of polyphony adapted for viol and lute from the Paston manuscripts, in which one line of a motet or fantasia is left out of an intabulation, for singing or playing on a melody instrument, and the remaining lines are covered by the lute. We will examine the question of creating our own adaptations a la Paston.

Susanna and Jacob are both trained and qualified teachers of the Alexander Technique, and, though the AT will not be the direct or principal focus of the course, we include principles of the AT in our teaching, and will share our experience of how these principles can be of great help to instrumentalists.

We will work partly in a group, and partly in smaller units, and will include a session of sectional work for the separate instruments.

Tutor website: www.pellingman.co.uk

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Acquiring an understanding of the possibilities for this instrumental combination, and perhaps a newly-found appetite for improvising and arranging for the combination.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Advanced viol players and intermediate to advanced lute players plus, ideally, a willingness to work on improvisation and arranging

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

We will work partly in a large group, partly in instrumental sectionals, and partly coaching viol/lute duos (depending on numbers, lutenists can be combined into continuo groups)

We will provide a repertoire list and a few specific pieces of music well in advance, should participants wish to prepare particular pieces from our suggested repertoire list.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Yes, we will provide a repertoire list and a few specific pieces of music in advance via the website, and would encourage the participants to prepare something (either from our selections, or something of their own).

Is there anything I need to bring?

Treble and/or tenor and/or bass viol(s); lute(s) of all sizes