The Spanish Baroque World: Spain, Naples and the Netherlands
31 July - 7 August 2016
The Parley of Instruments
Peter Holman (course director & continuo), Judy Tarling (upper strings), Mark Caudle (lower strings), Gail Hennessy (wind), Philip Thorby (voices)
Join us for a celebration of the riches of Spanish Baroque music. The main pieces studied in this year’s course will be the magnificent Missa Scala Aretina (1702) by the Barcelona composer Franciso Valls (c.1672-1747), famous at the time for its ground-breaking dissonances, and the Requiem Mass written by José de Nebra (1702-68), written in 1758 in memory of the Portuguese queen Maria Barbara. Both are richly scored in the polychoral Spanish manner for several groups of singers and orchestra. During the course and the associated concerts we will study and perform a range of music written in Spain itself and its possessions, Naples, the southern Netherlands and the New World, by Joan Cererols, Sebastián Durón, José de Torres, Alessandro & Domenico Scarlatti, Francesco Durante and Leonardo Leo and others.
Los Reyes Catolicos: Music from the Courts and Chapels of sixteenth-century Spain
7 - 13 August 2016
Philip Thorby & Friends
Philip Thorby (course director & choir), David Hatcher (viols), Emma Murphy (recorders), Lynda Sayce (lutes), Frances Eustace (loud winds)
Ferdinand of Aragón and Isabella of Castile ruled jointly over Spain after their marriage in 1469. It was their sometimes brutal defence of their faith which led Pope Alexander VI in 1494 to grant them the title “Los Reyes Catolicos”. The flavour of the court - in turn pious, romantic and bawdy - is captured perfectly in the words and music of the court song-book, the Cancionero Musical de Palacio, which is the natural starting point for our week's study. We will follow the trail of Spanish music through the sixteenth century as it leads us from Spain itself to elsewhere in Europe, from the Cancionero via villancicos and vihuela-songs by Narvaez and Mudarra and motets by Guerrero and Morales to the monumental six-part Requiem (or Offitium Defunctorum) by Victoria.
For full details and booking information, please see our Summer School pages.