A new addition to our programme, this course offers the opportunity to explore some of the lesser-known masterpieces of the baroque repertoire alongside the great works from the standard repertoire, with the guidance of two of today's leading performers. The course is for singers and those playing baroque instruments at A=415 pitch.
STANDARD: CONFIDENT, SKILFUL
Resident: £480 Non-Resident: £366 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 22/337
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What is the course about?
Next year will be a big one for lovers of Bach’s music: the 300th anniversary of his appointment as Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig will bring a wealth of celebratory performances and cantata cycles not heard since the last “Bach Year” in 2000. But some of Bach’s most magical, most imaginative and beautiful music may not be invited to next year’s party, so this year, in the autumn of 2022, we will celebrate the composer’s incredibly fertile Weimar and Köthen years, exploring works of his contemporaries along the way.
What will we cover?
This course is open to instrumentalists and singers.
Vocal participants will focus on some of the very best choruses and chorales from the early cantatas, and there will be a chance to work on arias too for anyone who would like to prepare them.
Instrumental course participants should feel free to bring any repertoire they would like to work on. We will also bring some of J S Bach’s trios that survive as organ works, but which most likely started their lives as chamber music. There will also be a chance to play and sing selections from the early cantatas.
The whole cohort will also come together to work on one or more larger-scale works, to be decided once we have a good idea of who is coming (one of the neglected choral gems of Pachelbel? A complete early cantata? Brandenburg Concerto? A Suite by Johann Bernhard Bach or another family member?…the possibilities are as endless as they are enticing).
What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…
The course aims to broaden your view of the baroque repertoire and to enhance your knowledge of baroque performance practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need an understanding of baroque style and be happy to do some sight-reading, although there will be practice time during the course when you can prepare your own parts.
How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?
This is a flexible course, and the line-up of the groups will be confirmed once we know what the balance of instruments and voices is going to be. Music for any new works will be provided in advance.
Is there anything I need to bring?
Instruments and other equipment as appropriate, any repertoire you would like to cover.
What previous participants said about our baroque music courses…
"Uplifting true baroque experience. Exciting to be involved in. High grade tutors."
"This was the perfect course. The tutorial work was very nicely and supportively done."
"All tutors were very kind and helpful and brought their own unique insights to their teaching"