February 2010 Newsletter

Tudor Tunes: Tallis, Taverner, and Tye

DATE: Sunday, February 21, 2010

TIME: 2:00 p.m.

PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 S. University Boulevard

CONDUCTORS: Steve Winograd

The House of Tudor ruled England from 1485 to 1603, from the reigns of King Henry VII through Queen Elizabeth I. We'll play glorious music by the great composers of that era, starting with Thomas Tallis, John Taverner, and Christopher Tye, and ending with Tallis' most illustrious student, William Byrd.

Bring recorders, viols, sackbuts, and buzzies. This is vocal music, and you're encouraged to sing along at any time if you wish.

Music List

Most of the music for the meeting is available on the Internet:
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O Sacrum Convivium: http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/9/92/Tallis-O_Sacrum_Convivium.pdf
If Ye Love Me: http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/8/81/Tallis-If_ye_love_me.pdf
If Ye Love Me: http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/tal-ifye.pdf
The Lamentations of Jeremiah, pp.1-6: http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/tal-lam4.pdf
O Nata Lux: http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/images/8/8f/TALL-ONA.pdf

Christopher Tye - - - - - - -
Laudate Nomen Domine: http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/4/41/TUMS_Laudate_1_0.pdf
Hail, Glorious Spirits, Heirs of Light: http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/tye-hail.pdf
A Sound of Angels: http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/8/83/SoundofA.pdf

John Taverner - - - - - - - -
Dum Transisset Sabbatum: http://www.kingcharlessingers.org.uk/editions/Taverner_Dumtransisset.pdf
Alleluia: http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/tav-alle.pdf

Richard Farrant - - - - - - -
Lord for Thy Tender Mercies' Sake: http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/hil-lord.pdf

William Byrd - - - - - - - - -
Deo Gratias: http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/3/37/BYRD-DE1.pdf

King Henry VIII - - - - - - - - -
Pastime with Good Company: http://www.johnkilpatrick.co.uk/music/misc/Pastime-v2.pdf

William Cornysh - - - - - - - -
Ah Robin, Gentle Robin
Blow Thy Horn, Hunter

Our Leaders for This Meeting

Steve Winograd joined the Denver Chapter in 1977. He plays recorders, pipe and tabor, krumhorn, gemshorn, Baroque flute, and modern flute. He has performed with the Ars Nova Singers, The Renaissance Project, Boulder Bach Festival, Regis University Collegium Musicum, and Maroon Bells Morris Dancers. Steve plays regularly for English Country Dancing and will be in the professional band for the dance with Patricia Peterson on the evening of March 6.

Denver Chapter Recorder Workshop/Event

The Denver Chapter's March activity will be truly unique. Paul Brunson has programmed an all-day event in lieu of the normal third Sunday meeting. This new event will include recorder players (and other instrumentalists as well) learning English country dance music, then playing for (and perhaps dancing with) English country dance aficionados brought in specially for this event. No way would you want to miss this.

You can download thefull announcement and the enrollment form from our website, www.DenverRecorderSociety.org. Print out the announcement, fill in the registration form and mail it and your check to Paul Brunson.

Note that the regular third Sunday session of the Denver Chapter will not be held in March, and the program previously scheduled will be held in May instead.

I'm looking forward to being there and I'm hoping you are too.

Dick Munz

Denver Chapter in the National News!

The latest issue of the American Recorder magazine has a nice article (page 21) on our October meeting led by Dick Wood. There is a great photo (taken by Lisa) of Dick surrounded by Chapter members.

Recorder Faire for 2010

Once again the Tattered Cover has agreed to host the Recorder Faire in celebration of Play the Recorder Month. The Faire will be held on Sunday the 28th from 2:00-5:00.

All ensembles and soloists are welcome to prepare music for about a 15 minute slot. Please let Elaine Granata (303) 321-2735, elainegranata@msn.com know if you or your group would like to play.

The Marichi kids from Alsup Elementary are planning to join us this year again.
Put the date on your calendar -- March 28th.

Recorder Band organizing for the Faire

We will once again open the festivities at the Recorder Faire with the Recorder Band made up of chapter members and any one else -- who plays recorder. Whether you play in an enseble or not, all are invited to play. There will be one rehearsal on Sat March 27 for 2-3 hours. The music will be available at the February meeting for those who would like to practice it ahead of time. Contact Elaine Granata (303) 321-2735, elainegranata@msn.com if you have questions or if you plan to play.


Recorder Newbies, Take Notice

The legendary Mary Scott, recently retired Denver American Recorder Society Program Chairman, will lead the Newbie session in February. She has selected Elizabethan and Jacobean music-- especially nice because it lends itself well to a variety of recorder voices. You will find Mary, who has played recorder for many years to be a delightful hostess for your session. The Newbie Group gives newer players an opportunity to play small ensemble music in a safe setting. Session is free of charge and open to the public. Drop-ins welcome.

Date: Sunday, February 21st
Time: 12:45 ‘til 1:45 pm
Place: Unity Church, 3021 S. University, Denver CO, 2nd floor
Hostess: Mary Scott
Music: Elizabethan and Jacobean Duets, Trios and Quartets

Play Music of The Jewish People

Janet Handmaker and Elaine Granata are hostessing an open playing session on February 15th at Janet's home in the tech center. There is room for 5 in her music room, so please RSVP at (303) 221-6066 or recorderteacher@comcast.net. The music is challenging and someone at an intermediate playing level would be comfortable.

StopTime Performs at the Merc

Erin Bell, Philip Belefski, Gary Gregor, Janet Handmaker, Dick Munz, Ed Pinfeld, and Susy Wilcox invite you to spend an evening with them at the Mercury Cafe for our annual StopTime "concert". The date and time are February 6 from 6 to 8pm. Same faces, but a bunch of new music: I Got it Bad and That Ain't Good, Tin Roof Blues, Basin Street Blues, Aunt Hagar's Children Blues, A Good Man is Hard to Find, St. Louis Blues, and some things that aren't at all "blue".

If you haven't been to the Merc before, please know that it has a terrific menu with some wonderful deserts and you can enjoy appetizers or a meal or drinks or nothing at all while you listen to us. There is no cover or minimum, but be advised that the Merc does not accept credit cards.
See you then, StopTime


Members in Good Standing

Jill Adams, Karen Anderson, Shirley Baker, Phil Belefski, Erin Bell, Jann Benson, Rebecca Beshore, Roberta Blanc, David Brock, Paul Brunson, Kitty Comstock, Bill Conklin, Virginia Cortes, Lynda Coy, Charles Dana, Keith Emerson, Mike Emptage, Barbara Fahey, Nancy Fey, Judy Fritz, Rose Mary Glista, Elaine Granata, Janet Handmaker, Patrick Heid, Chris Hollingsworth, Deborah Horner, Phil Klos, John LeVett, Joyce Lowery, Bob McCarroll, Peggy McCreary, Lisa McInnis, Judy Miller, Paul Mimlitsch, Dick Munz, Jennifer Myers, Bruce Nelson, Ruth Neubauer, Gail Nickless, Susan Osborn, Bob Pease, Margaret Peterson, Ed Pinfield, Connie Primus, Sally Pyle, Karl Reque, Justine Romero, Miriam Rosenblum, Virginia Schlieker, Mary Scott, Mary Sloan, Pat Selby, Victoria Taylor, Rosi Terada, Gerrie Vendegna, Trudy Wayne, Susan Wilcox, Ann Williams, Madeline Zanetti, Mayianne Zwahlen. If your name does not appear on this list following the month you mail your check, please contact Dick Munz.

Group Corner

News of the activities and postings from area musical groups having recorder players. Check the chapter website for a listing of all groups that we know of, including contact information.
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The January 17 Chapter meeting was led by members of StopTime, who helped us get over the bumps of a somewhat unfamiliar playing style. Dividing us into sections to learn traditional jazz phrasing and to become familiar with our parts was an excellent approach because when the entire group came together after the break, we were pleasantly surprised at the sound we produced with what seemed little effort. Victoria not only provided elegant munchies for the break but made her large beautiful home available for the varoius practice groups and the big finale!
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Marylebone Players has been really cooking in January. We picked up two more players from the December local chapter meeting. We also have a new string player who is learning gamba; he is a violin family musician currently.

At our typical playing session, we play lots of music. For example, we might start out with Susato and then move on to Holbourne and Palestrina. After the coffee break, we may work on one of the Schickhardt Sonatas for three records and continuo.Since we always have a harpsichord player and a bass gamba player present, the recorder players get a good baroque workout. I was introduced to Schickhardt years ago when a lady from New York, nicknamed, the "Goddess," who came to give seminars in August. She included a class for the more advanced recorder players that included Schickhardt. This summer I attended the Viola de Gamba conclave and I met Will Ayton. He is a current composer. Recently I ordered some of his music published by a company called Cheap Trills. Charlie Nagle does some great Renaissance arrangements and he also publishes Will's work. We had a great day last week playing a lot of music from Cheap Trills. Our group is getting a lot of experience playing a trevening session, let me know. Bill Conklin 303-455-0837
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Fipple Jive has two sessions per week, one at 7:00pm on Tuesday evenings, and one at 11:30am on Saturday mornings. The Tuesday evening sessions are held in Thornton and the Saturday morning sessions are held in Lakewood. These are drop-in sessions and anyone is welcome. We focus on developing the skills that are needed to play without resort to printed music and to improvise on tunes we know. At the moment and for the foreseeable future we will be working on arpeggiating commonly used chords in a twelve-bar blues format. For more information, contact Dick Munz at dickmunz@gmail.com or 303-286-7909.
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StopTime members had fun directing the January Denver Chapter meeting. Ed Pinfield, Erin Bell, Philip Belefski, and Janet Handmaker, conducted section rehearsals for the sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. We then assembled in Victoria's Great Room and put on a concert. Perfection may have eluded us, but fun did not.

Our focus now will be to get ready for our concert at the Mercury Cafe on February 6, to which you are invited. We will be on stage in the Cafe itself, where you can eat, drink, and be merry while listening to our renditions of early jazz tunes. Our program will include twenty-some entries, including several that we have not presented before, and including special vocals by Erin and Philip. The Mercury is located at 2199 California, and we will be on from 6 - 8. There is no cover charge or minimum, but note that the Mercury does not accept credit cards. By the way, the Mercury has a great menu with superb deserts
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The Newbies took a Bye Month in January but will resume in February. If you are a newer player, this group is for you. If you know of someone who is a newer player, this group is for her or him. The Newbie group provides a small ensemble opportunity in a safe setting. Session is free of charge and open to the public. Drop-ins welcome. For more information, contact Dick Munz at 303-286-7909.
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Recorders for Sale

Zenon Alto (maple) $100, Zenon Tenor (cherry) $140. Both in very good condition. Contact Paul Brunson, 303-451-4967, pbruns1@comcast.net

Get a Gamba!

Interested in learning more about the Viola da Gamba? A limited number of student quality viols are available for rental at a reasonable monthly rate. Please call Bill Conklin at 303-455-0837 for more information.

TIME TO RENEW!

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