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  • Setting up, it's real! | Amherst Early Music
    Partbooks Order Form Setting up it s real Submitted by Justin on Wed 07 06 2011 22 30 Many years ago Danny had to drive the Amherst truck all by himself The trip was so long and so scary that he vowed never to do it again This year thanks to Alastair Danny doesn t have to repeat that lonely experience After many hours of packing computers phones papers harpsichords

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  • truck day | Amherst Early Music
    Welcome to the first of what will be a daily updates blog for the Amherst Early Music Festival 2011 Today Alastair and Danny are packing the office in Arlington and getting ready to drive the truck down to Connecticut College to set up Valerie and Loren will meet them in New London and start unloading Dinner at Mr G s More of the staff will be arriving in the next

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  • The Joys of Early Notation | Amherst Early Music
    Playing from Rennaisance notation has been a central part of Amherst Early Music for many years Every summer festival we offer numerous classes to give musicians of all levels the tools and pleasure of this experience This year at BEMF Amherst Early Music presents an hour of sight singing from facsimiles of Renaissance manuscripts and prints directed by the incomparable Valerie Horst As we have been getting ready for the summer we ve started to think about how and why early notation can be such a joy and valuable tool Mary Leonard wrote this paragraph about her experience with early notation at Amherst For me the notation classes are the major draw of every AEM workshop It s not just the visual beauty of the facsimiles early music actually sounds better when played from original notation Each new manuscript is its own puzzle Deciphering the rhythms and clefs is intellectually stimulating and finally hearing the piece as it was meant to be played is a thrill I usually attend one or two weekend workshops a year so I often feel rusty when I arrive but this should not deter any potential notation enthusiasts Classes are generally grouped according to ability

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  • renaissance notation | Amherst Early Music
    Keyboard Reeds Brass Early Notation Dance Blog Publications Odhecaton Music for the Duke of Lerma Regensburg Partbooks Order Form renaissance notation The Joys of Early Notation Submitted by Justin on Sat 06 04 2011 08 11 Singing and Playing from Rennaisance notation has been a central part of Amherst Early Music for many years Every summer festival we offer numerous classes to give musicians of all levels the tools and

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  • 20 Years of Festival Memories | Amherst Early Music
    these folks were dead on their feet They looked like happy corpses though As for snobby I don t know about that either Of course us old timers gravitate to people we already know but if you re reasonably outgoing have amusing things to say and this is vital are willing to listen to other people s stories you will be loved and wanted Some of us have known each other forever and so we know each other s yarns verbatim We will latch on to a fresh audience the way a dog latches onto a filet mignon Some people the ones who sign up for three master classes see Amherst as a kind of early music boot camp I ve always thought of it as a vacation with musical interludes I ve never taken more than three classes That free period is priceless You can use it to practice to sight read quartets to shop for music when the store s empty to read to nap You can also go sight seeing Connecticut College has two arboretums and an art museum right on campus Across the street is the United States Coast Guard Academy a fascinating and moving place If you need exercise head for the athletic center and keep going there are splendid hiking trails that skirt the Thames River and cut through wetlands and woods The town of New London a short drive away has good restaurants It also has the cottage owned by Eugene O Neill s disfunctional family The house and the family inspired Long Day s Journey Into Night and an enthusiastic staff will tell you as much as you want to know about the place the people and the play If you want to go further afield Stonington Vineyards is an easy drive from the college Their summer wine festival usually takes place during the middle weekend of the workshop I ve been to a couple of festivals and while I don t remember much about them I m pretty sure I had a good time If you go pick up a couple of bottles particularly the Summer White a cheerful light bodied wine that s perfect for sipping with friends after your last class But of course music is what the workshop s all about The thing about Amherst is it s big It s the biggest workshop going It s huge Do I make my point There are so many classes to choose from at so many levels that you ve got to find something that pleases you You can take up a new instrument You can sing You can play Renaissance quintets or Baroque trio sonatas You can read early music from original notation which devotees say is the only way to read it You can play plucked or bowed strings brass or buzzies You can dance You can work on the Friday night theater production This by the way is an annual miracle On Monday it looks as though

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  • Did Jeronimo Bassano Invent the Dulcian? | Amherst Early Music
    Wed 05 18 2011 10 15 David Lasocki shared this little idea about the origins of the Dulcian Alessio Ruffatti La famiglia Piva Bassano nei documenti degli archivi di Bassano del Grappa Musica e storia 6 no 2 December 1998 349 67 reports the following quotation in a book about the town of Bassano published in 1577 by Lorenzo Marucini a Venetian doctor It relates to Jeronimo I the father of the Bassano brothers who emigrated toEngland in 1539 40 Maestro Gieronymo called il Piva inventor of a new bass wind instrument excellent pifaro and employed by the Doge of Venice also excellent at making recorders therefore those instruments marked with his stamp are held in such high esteem among musicians that when they can be found they are very expensive Jeronimo s recorders apparently with a mark that distinguished them from the products of his descendants were still known and valued in the late 16th century This evidence makes it likely that Jeronimo used the marks HIE S HIER S and HIERO S found on 31 wind instruments discovered to date 9 cornetts 8 dulcians and 14 recorders The bass instrument he invented was probably the dulcian curtal On

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  • David Lasocki | Amherst Early Music
    Workshop Dance Programs Percussion Recorders Baroque Academy Ensemble Singing Intensive Central Program Recorder Special Programs Instrument Exhibition Scholarships and Work Study Getting There Programs Voice Recorder Strings Keyboard Reeds Brass Early Notation Dance Blog Publications Odhecaton Music for the Duke of Lerma Regensburg Partbooks Order Form David Lasocki Did Jeronimo Bassano Invent the Dulcian Submitted by Justin on Wed 05 18 2011 10 15 dulcian David Lasocki bassano Amherst Early

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  • bassano | Amherst Early Music
    Choral Workshop Dance Programs Percussion Recorders Baroque Academy Ensemble Singing Intensive Central Program Recorder Special Programs Instrument Exhibition Scholarships and Work Study Getting There Programs Voice Recorder Strings Keyboard Reeds Brass Early Notation Dance Blog Publications Odhecaton Music for the Duke of Lerma Regensburg Partbooks Order Form bassano Did Jeronimo Bassano Invent the Dulcian Submitted by Justin on Wed 05 18 2011 10 15 dulcian David Lasocki bassano Amherst Early

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