DATE: Sunday, January 20, 2013
TIME: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Unity Church of Denver, 3021 South University Blvd.,
CONDUCTOR: Karl Reque
In the late 16th Century a number of mostly
Italian composers began to think about new ways to give
music an emotional immediacy and to make sung words more
understandable and more relevant to the musical experience.
The revolution they fostered became what we now call the
Baroque Era. All Western music since - from symphony to
rock and roll - has felt the impact.
Karl Reque is not only a distinguished performer of Baroque
(and much other) music, but he brings it alive for his students
and colleagues. His programs for the Denver ARS Chapter
are always a treat. This year, in “Baroque & Beyond,”
he investigates some authentic Baroque ideas and some latter-day
implications of those ideas. He writes:
The English word baroque is derived from the Italian barocco,
meaning bizarre, though exuberant would be a better translation
more accurately reflecting the sense of this era. The usage
of this term originated in the 1860s to describe the highly
decorated style of 17th and 18th century religious and public
buildings in Italy, Germany and Austria. Later, during the
early-to-mid 1900s, the term baroque was applied by association
to music of the 17th and early 18th century, and today the
term baroque has come to refer to a very clearly definable
type or genre of music which originated around 1600 and
came to fruition between 1700 and 1750.
For our January meeting I've chosen some wonderful transcriptions
of baroque music which work well with recorders. Bach and
others will be well represented. To shake things up a bit
we'll fast forward to modern times and see how today's composers
borrow from the Baroque idiom: Lance Eccles's take on the
chaconne, a theme and variation set by Zander , a Fanfare
by Colin Hand and a Chorale Prelude by David Goldstein.
We'll need all sizes of recorders, and bass viols are welcome
to reinforce the fabulous bass lines typical of the baroque
era. Bring your music stand and pencil; Karl will provide
Our Leader for the Meeting
Karl Reque received a BA in Viola and music
Education from Arizona State University. While in Arizona
he played in the Scottsdale and Mesa Community Orchestras
and developed an interest in early stringed instruments
and historical performance practice. He studied recorder
and viola da gamba at Windham College in Vermont and later
moved to Los Angeles where he continued baroque violin and
gamba studies with Shirley Marcus.
While in Denver he has played with many local orchestras,
including The Community Arts Orchestra, Centennial Philharmonic,
Mostly Strauss Orchestra, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Baroque
Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and was a founding member
of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra.
Members in Good Standing
Karen Anderson (Sep), Rebecca Beshore (Oct),
Bobbie Blanc (Jan), Paul Brunson (Oct), Marlys Butler (Oct),
Jon Casbon (Oct), Sally Collins (Feb), Bill Conklin (Sep),
Virginia Cortes (Nov), Lynda Coy (Oct), Keith Emerson (Oct),
Michael Emptage (Oct), Barbara Fahey (Jan), Nancy Fey (Dec),
Judy Fritz (Oct), Joice Gibson (Oct), RoseMary Glista (Sep),
Elaine Granata (Jan), Pam Grotegut (Oct), Janet Handmaker
(Oct), Pat Heid (Oct), Dot & Dan Kaufman (Feb), John
M. LeVett (Sep), Bob McCarroll (Dec), Lisa, McInnis (Dec),
Pat Midyet (Jan), Judy Miller (Dec), Lori Murphy (Nov),
Dick Munz (Sep), Jennifer Myers (Oct), Bruce Nelson (Sep),
Gail Nickless (Nov), Maryann O’Brien (April), Susan
Osborn (Oct), Margaret A. Peterson (Oct), Ed Pinfield (Nov),
Sally A. Pyle (Oct), Justine Romero (Nov), Karl Reque (April),
Miriam Rosenblum (Jan), Virginia T. Schlieker (Oct), Mary
Scott (Sep), Pat Selby (Sep), Mary Sloan (Nov), Gerrie Vendegna
(Oct), Diane M. Wagner (Oct), Trudy Wayne (Oct), Joe Wilcox
(Sep), Marianne Zwahlen (Sep).
If your name does not appear on this list following the
month you mail your check, please contact RoseMary Glista.
Dues for the Denver Chapter are due annually based on when
dues were last paid. We have included the month your membership
dues are due above. Dues are for the 12 month period starting
with the month dues are paid. You may join the Denver Chapter
and National ARS at the same time with one check. Please
complete the Dues Form under “Join” on the website.
December Newbies Report
Only one Newbie attended the Christmas Newbie
session hosted by Dick Munz. Nevertheless a good time was
had discussing lead sheets and practicing improvisation.
The Newbie host for January 2013 will be
Bruce Nelson. Bruce has been a Denver Chapter member since
1990 and has played with several groups, including ArtyFacts
and a crumhorn group, the Buzzards. They will be playing
some fun pieces from the crumhorn repertoire, which use
small range of notes but have interesting Renaissance rhythms.
Do you know of anyone who might enjoy playing with the Newbies?
Please spread the word. There is no charge for the session.
For more information, contact Janet Handmaker at 303-221-6066.
StopTime had one event in November, a concert
at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. We entertained ourselves
and over fifty people who braved winter weather to attend.
We played songs from the 'twenties for two hours with a
break in the middle, gave an encore, and still they stomped
and clapped for another. The wine served during the break
may account for that.
Marlybone Garden Players continues with two groups. We play
double choirs, four, five and six part music, multi-instrument
baroque sonatas. In the Saturday group we generally have
both a harpsichord and either cello or bass gamba present.
In the Monday group we work on three, four and five part
music and trio sonatas from the Baroque. We also work on
multi-instrument sonatas when enough musicians are present.
Of course we always devote some time to the crumhorn, and
I have extras for you to play. The Saturday group meet most
Saturdays at 10 am, the Monday group meets twice a month
at 9 am.
Happy Fiscal New Year!
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